- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin says more than 1,000 new foster families were certified in Oklahoma over the last year, a recruiting milestone reached for the first time since the governor helped launch an initiative four years ago.

Fallin announced Thursday the Department of Human Services expects it will have certified more than 1,070 new foster families once the final figures are validated for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Fallin helped launch the Oklahoma Fosters with DHS and private and faith-based partners in 2012 as part of an effort to overhaul the way the agency helps care for abused and neglected children.

A reform effort dubbed the Pinnacle Plan was part of a settlement agreement to a class-action lawsuit filed against DHS over the treatment of children in state custody.

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