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Commission Concerned Law Keeps Kids in Bad Homes (Dec 13, 2010)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Commission for Human Services officials say a law narrowing conditions under which children can be removed from homes may be contributing to some children being left in unsuitable situations.

A law that went into effect Jan. 1 requires officials to determine there is an "imminent safety threat" to a child before it can be removed from a home. Previously, officials had to show the child's surroundings were a danger to its welfare.

Commission vice chairman Aneta Wilkinson told The Oklahoman she has worried about whether the new law would endanger the lives of children.

Rep. Ron Peters, R-Tulsa, was one of the bill's authors. Peters says the law stems from an audit that indicated Oklahoma removes children from their homes at a rate more than twice the national average.



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