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Group Suing OK Agency Wants Documents (Dec 17, 2010)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A child advocacy group suing the Oklahoma Department of Human Services for allegedly mistreating children in its custody will ask a federal judge to order the department to hand over documents sent and received by top agency officials.

The hearing is Friday in U.S. District Court in Tulsa.

New York-based Children's Rights filed the class action lawsuit and says in court documents that DHS has refused to provide records from former and current commissioners who oversee department welfare policies. The group is also asking for sanctions against DHS for failing to produce documents on time.

The lawsuit was filed in 2008 and accuses DHS of mistreating some of the 10,000 or more children believed to be in state custody. It calls for an overhaul of the state's child welfare program.


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