TULSA, OK One out of eight children in a massive review of Oklahoma foster care cases has suffered confirmed abuse or neglect in the custody of the state Department of Human Services (DHS), according to a new report by independent child welfare experts released today by the national advocacy group Childrens Rights and local counsel. An additional nine percent of children for whom reports of abuse and neglect in state foster care were not substantiated were nonetheless found to be in such troubling circumstances that services were required. http://www.childrensrights.org/news-events/press/new-report-reveals-shocking-number-of-oklahoma-kids-abused-in-foster-care-forced-to-change-homes-repeatedly/ The full text of the new expert report released today and more information about Childrens Rights efforts to reform Oklahomas child welfare can be found at: http://www.childrensrights.org/reform-campaigns/legal-cases/oklahoma-dg-v-henry/ Children are abused and neglected in DHS custody at a very high rate. DHS places children in unsafe homes and overcrowded, understaffed emergency shelters. DHS bounces children from one unstable foster placement to another. The lawsuit links DHSs inability to protect children from abuse in state custody to longstanding problems in its management and infrastructure, including: Excessive caseloads and turnover among DHS workers. Dangerous monitoring and oversight practices. Insufficient efforts to develop and maintain an adequate pool of foster care placements. _________________ I haven't had a chance to finish reading this study but it seems pretty typical of what we have been finding everywhere.