Fallin Signs Juvenile Foster Care Bill

Apr 24, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma juvenile justice system will set up its own foster care system under a bill signed by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill was one of a dozen measures Fallin signed Tuesday. It requires the state Office of Juvenile Affairs to recruit licensed foster parents for children in its custody and specifies that any foster child have access to a court-appointed advocate.

Another corrections bill says some inmates granted parole for nonviolent offenses would be supervised for nine months after release.

Fallin also signed a provision allowing licensed private investigators to carry unconcealed weapons, as well as a bill that says the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council will include members representing the military, Native American and medical communities in the state.