Press At the time the complaint was filed, there were 13 named plaintiffs, including M. Originally placed with relatives, M. She bounced from placement to placement, many of which were institutions.
The lawsuit, known as D. They range in age from four months to 16 years and share a history of suffering in DHS placements.
A month-old girl who has been moved more than 16 times between grossly inappropriate placements, including one in which her skull was fractured through severe physical abuse and another where neglect led to her suffering life-threatening dehydration and seizures. A five-year-old boy who, in just 12 months in state custody, has been moved through nine placements, including four emergency shelters in four different counties.
A year-old girl who entered foster care after she was sexually abused, suffered further sexual assaults in aDHS facility, and has been denied necessary treatment for the psychological trauma she continues to experience.
District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to permanently enjoin the state from subjecting plaintiff children to practices that violate their rights — and to order remedial relief for a host of serious problems.
Children are abused and neglected in DHS custody at a very high rate. Children in DHS custody are subjected to physical violence, sexual abuse, and extreme neglect — sometimes at the hands of the staff at DHS facilities — at rates more than four times the national norm and, at times, exceeded rates of abuse and neglect in the general population of Oklahoma.
DHS places children in unsafe homes and overcrowded, understaffed emergency shelters. Because DHShas failed for years to maintain an adequate number of foster families who can take in children removed from abusive homes, the children are placed wherever a bed is available.
The department routinely places children, including infants and toddlers, in overcrowded emergency shelters — intended, as their name suggests, only for short-term stays — for as long as six months. Other children get placed in unsafe group homes, where staff members lack adequate training and fail to provide necessary supervision.
Still others are placed with inappropriate foster families who have not undergone background checks for criminal and child abuse offenses.
DHS bounces children from one unstable foster placement to another. Many siblings who enter foster care together get separated from each other and denied any contact at all. Excessive caseloads and turnover among DHS workers.
National standards limit caseloads to 12 to 15 children per caseworker.
DHS routinely assigns its employees more than 50 children each, and some carry caseloads of more than children.
Dangerous monitoring and oversight practices. Due to excessive caseloads, DHS caseworkers routinely fail to visit children in foster placements for as long as six months at a time. The department also routinely approves foster placements in homes that have serious safety issues and with families that have not been adequately checked for criminal and child abuse offenses.
Insufficient efforts to develop and maintain an adequate pool of foster care placements. Despite being on notice for years of a drastic shortage of foster homes and other appropriate placements, DHS has not taken even the most basic steps necessary to correct the problem.This class action is on behalf of *both* types of "family court" -- for wrongful victims of divorce-and-similar-with-kids *and* for wrongful victims of child protection services -- and includes suing on behalf of ANY parent affected by either "family court" type.
A look at how a class action lawsuit is formed, procedural quirks that make these kinds of cases unique, a breakdown of class members' rights, and the types of legal disputes that often give rise to a class action.
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