Okla. Officials To Resume Talks On DHS Lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Gov. Mary Fallin and top legislative leaders plan to resume consideration of 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 met behind closed doors Wednesday to discuss a plan to settle the suit filed by New York-based Children's Rights, a national child advocacy group.

But after nearly three hours, board members didn't vote on whether to accept or reject the proposal, and instead recessed the meeting until 2 p.m. Thursday. The board consists of Fallin, House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman.

The lawsuit accuses the Department of Human Services of victimizing foster children and inadequately monitoring their safety.