The Child Protection Coalition relies on reports from DHS to inform professionals and the public regarding the state of child welfare in Oklahoma. Statistics on the CPC website can be found in the 2014 Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics report.
The report introduction reads, “The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) is charged with the responsibility of promptly investigating or assessing all accepted reports of alleged child abuse and neglect by the person responsible for the child’s care. Persons responsible for the care of children are parents, guardians, custodians, foster parents, any other adults living in the home of the child, and operators, owners, or employees of child care facilities or homes.
DHS is further charged with maintaining a record of the investigation findings and assessment conclusions. Reports of all investigations are forwarded to the district attorney with recommendations for disposition.DHS Child Welfare staff work to provide maximum safety for children and to enable families to remain together, if at all possible. The majority of families that are identified through a report of abuse or neglect can be assisted through services from either community agencies or, if appropriate, through voluntary services from DHS. In serious cases of abuse or neglect, however, court intervention and removal of the children from their homes may be necessary. Removal of a child from his or her home can occur either through a court order or, in the case of an emergency, by law enforcement. DHS Child Welfare staff does not have the authority to remove children from their homes.
This statistical document for state fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014) reflects data on child abuse and neglect reports received and accepted for investigation. Also included in this document is an alternative category of response to reports, the assessment. Assessments are conducted when the allegation of abuse or neglect does not constitute a serious or immediate threat to a child’s health or safety. Investigations are conducted when the report contains allegations of serious threats to the alleged child victim’s safety.
This statistical document reflects the findings categories that are possible once an investigation has been completed.”
Read the entire report here: OKDHS 2014 Child Abuse and Neglect Statistics