- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin and the state Department of Human Services have announced a plan to recruit more foster and adoptive parents for children in state custody in Oklahoma.

The program called Oklahoma Fosters asks businesses to encourage employees, the faith-based community to encourage congregations and tribes to encourage citizens to consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent. State agencies and local governments can ask their employees to consider being a foster or adoptive parent.

DHS is currently trying to recruit more than 1,000 new foster parents statewide by the end of June 2016 to support the state’s Pinnacle Plan. The Pinnacle Plan was developed in 2012 as part of a settlement to a class-action civil rights lawsuit over the treatment of children in state custody.

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