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Foster Care Case Review of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Center for the Support of Families (CSF), Inc. Silver Spring, Maryland February 17, 2011

Foster Care Case Review of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Center for the Support of Families (CSF), Inc. Silver Spring, Maryland February 17, 2011

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The key findings with regard to the maltreatment of children while they are in OKDHS custody are the following:
21.4 percent of children in the sample were the subject of a maltreatment allegation while in OKDHS custody that was substantiated or where there was sufficient concern to recommend services even though the allegation was not substantiated; 12 percent of children in the sample were the subject of a maltreatment allegation while in OKDHS custody that was substantiated.

78 percent of the alleged perpetrators of maltreatment of children in OKDHS custody were foster parents.
The key findings with regard to the maltreatment of children while they are in OKDHS custody are the following:
21.4 percent of children in the sample were the subject of a maltreatment allegation while in OKDHS custody that was substantiated or where there was sufficient concern to recommend services even though the allegation was not substantiated; 12 percent of children in the sample were the subject of a maltreatment allegation while in OKDHS custody that was substantiated.

78 percent of the alleged perpetrators of maltreatment of children in OKDHS custody were foster parents.

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Foster Care Case Review of theOklahoma Department of Human Services
Center for the Support of Families (CSF), Inc.Silver Spring, MarylandFebruary 17, 2011
   
 
Foster Care Case Review of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
  
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 I.   Executive Summary . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4II. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 11III. Methodology and Quality of Case Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13IV. Part 1: Child Characteristics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20V. Part 2: Child Maltreatment  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . 26VI. Part 3: Placement Stability. . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35VII. Part 4:  Achieving Permanency for Children in OKDHS Custody. . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . .57VIII. Part 5: Services to Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . 68IX. Part 6: Sibling Placements and Visitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . 77X. Part 7: Caseworker Turnover . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  81 XI. Signature Page . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 XII. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . .  86XIII. Appendices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  90 Appendix A:  Resume of Dr. Jerry Milner Appendix B:  Resume of Dr. Jacqueline Smollar Appendix C:  List of Documents ReviewedAppendix D:  Case Review InstrumentAppendix E:  Sampling DetailsAppendix F:  Quality Assurance Guidelines 
 
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Tables
Table 1 Documents not Present in the FilesTable 2 Child’s Race/EthnicityTable 3 Reason for Child’s Entry into OKDHS CustodyTable 4 Child’s Age at Entry into OKDHS CustodyTable 5 Child’s Age as of June 1, 2010Table 6 Child’s Initial Placement SettingTable 7 Child’s Placement Setting as of June 1, 2010 or at Time of DischargeTable 8 Types of Alleged Maltreatment Identified in the 132 Initial Maltreatment ReportsTable 9 Findings of Formal InvestigationsTable 10 Types of OKDHS Actions Taken During and After InvestigationsTable 11 Type of Alleged Perpetrator Table 12 Number of Placements during the Most Recent Custody EpisodeTable 13 Number of Placements by Age at EntryTable 14 Number of Placements by Child’s Age as of June 1, 2010Table 15 Number of Placements by Length of Time in OKDHS Custody as of June 1, 2010Table 16 Use of Shelter Care Placements as Initial and Subsequent PlacementsTable 17 Age of Child at Entry by Time in a Shelter as Initial PlacementTable 18 Outcomes of Initial Relative PlacementsTable 19 Frequency of Behavioral Concerns Identified in Three IncidentsTable 20 Action Taken by the Agency in Response to Child’s Behavior ConcernsTable 21 Time in OKDHS Custody as of June 1, 2010 or at Time of DischargeTable 22 Initial Permanency Goal at Entry into OKDHS CustodyTable 23 Permanency Goal as of June 1, 2010Table 24 Number of Consecutive Permanency Goals as of June 1, 2010Table 25 Length of Time from Entry into Custody to Becoming Free for AdoptionTable 26 Time in OKDHS Custody Prior to the Goal of Adoption Being EstablishedTable 27 Type of Information Documented in the Individual Service Plan (ISP), ISPProgress Report or Treatment PlanTable 28 Reason Child Was Not Seen by Caseworker (June 2009 May 2010)Table 29 Justification Documented for Separation of Siblings as of June 1, 2010Table 30 Frequency of Sibling Visitation
Charts
Chart 1  Services Offered to Caregiver(s) to Prevent a Child’s Placement DisruptionChart 2  Services Offered to the Child to Prevent the Child’s Placement DisruptionChart 3  Children with Five or More Caseworkers by Number of Permanency Goals

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