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UPDATE: Okla. Officials Approve Settlement of DHS Lawsuit (Dec 29, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin and top legislative leaders have approved a proposed settlement of a federal class-action lawsuit that accuses the state of failing to protect foster children in its care.

Members of the Contingency Review Board approved a revised agreement Thursday after meeting in executive session to discuss a plan to settle the suit filed by New York-based Children's Rights, a national child advocacy group. The board consists of Fallin, House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman.

Citing a gag order, the board did not discuss the revisions to the agreement, which still must be approved by Children's Rights and the governing board of the Department of Human Services.

The lawsuit accuses DHS of victimizing foster children and inadequately monitoring their safety.


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