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10-1116.6.


10-1116.6.
   
   A. There is hereby created a State Postadjudication Review Advisory
   Board which shall meet at least twice each calendar year. The Advisory
   Board shall have the duty of overseeing the implementation of the
   state postadjudication review program in coordination with the
   Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.
   
   B. The Advisory Board shall consist of twenty-one (21) members
   appointed by the Governor as follows:
   
   1. Eight of the members shall be members of the various review boards
   throughout the state;
   
   2. Five of the members shall be judges of the district court;
   
   3. Five of the members shall represent the general public and may be
   foster parents;
   
   4. One of the members appointed after the effective date of this act
   shall be a foster parent representing foster parents who have a
   current contract with the Department of Human Services to provide
   foster care services;
   
   5. One of the members appointed after the effective date of this act
   shall be a foster parent representing child-placing agencies which
   have current contracts with the Department to provide foster care
   services; and
   
   6. One of the members appointed after the effective date of this act
   shall be a foster parent nominated by any local or statewide foster
   parent association.
   
   The members shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor. The
   administrative heads of the divisions which have foster care
   responsibilities within the Department of Human Services and the
   Office of Juvenile Affairs or their designees shall serve as ex
   officio members of the Board.
   
   C. The Director of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth shall
   be the clerk of the Advisory Board.
   
   The Advisory Board shall have the duty to:
   
   1. Assist in the training of the members of the review boards;
   
   2. Serve, in coordination with the Oklahoma Commission on Children and
   Youth, as a clearinghouse for reports and information concerning the
   foster care review program and the review boards as they relate to
   foster care;
   
   3. Make recommendations to the courts, the Oklahoma Commission on
   Children and Youth, the Governor, the Legislature, the Department of
   Human Services, the Office of Juvenile Affairs, and other state
   agencies providing services to children regarding proposed statutory
   revisions, and amendments to court rules and procedures, and review
   and make recommendations on permanency planning, foster care and child
   welfare service delivery policies, guidelines, and procedures;
   
   4. Work with both public and private agencies concerned with foster
   care and adoption exchanges to inform the public of the need for
   temporary and permanent homes and other services needed by deprived
   children; and
   
   5. Specifically:
   
   a. identify, analyze, and recommend solutions to any issue concerning
   child welfare and foster care services within the child welfare
   delivery system,
   
   b. participate in the statewide planning and promotion of foster
   parent involvement in local planning for child welfare services, and
   
   c. develop recommendations concerning foster care training to improve
   the quality of foster care services.
   
   D. The State Postadjudication Review Advisory Board may designate
   multidisciplinary committees on the local level to act as advocates
   for foster parents in order to assist in the resolution of specific
   complaints concerning foster care and to help facilitate the
   relationship between the Department of Human Services, the Office of
   Juvenile Affairs, child-placing agencies, and the foster parents.
   
   E. The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, with the assistance
   of the Administrative Director of the Courts and the State
   Postadjudication Review Advisory Board, shall be responsible for
   developing and administering training procedures and rules for the
   administration of the state postadjudication review board system.
   
   F. The State Postadjudication Review Advisory Board shall submit a
   report of the activities of the review boards, including the findings
   and recommendations of such review boards, to the Oklahoma Commission
   on Children and Youth on or before May 1 of each year.
   
   G. The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth shall incorporate, as
   appropriate, the findings and recommendations of the review boards in
   the annual report required by Section 601.9 of this title.
   

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