Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 24, 2019
Sen. Dewayne Pemberton
CASA background welfare checks to begin Nov. 1st
Court-appointed special advocates will be submitted
to Department of Human Services (DHS) child welfare records searches
this fall under legislation recently signed into law. Sen. Dewayne
Pemberton, R-Muskogee, is the author of Senate Bill 722.
“Being that these advocates are working with vulnerable children,
it’s imperative that we ensure they are trustworthy and have
no abuse or neglect complaints against them. These children have
already been through too much pain and heartache. This program makes
sure they get the assistance they need so they don’t fall
through the cracks of the legal and social service systems,”
Pemberton said. “I want to thank CASA for bringing forth this
important bill to help better protect Oklahoma’s youth and
the legislature and Governor Stitt for their quick consideration
Currently, criminal history searches are conducted by the Oklahoma
State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) to see if advocates have any
Local programs may also require other background checks under the
Oklahoma Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association state standards.
The DHS background checks will be conducted through the child abuse
and neglect information system.
Rep. Mark Lawson, R-Sapulpa, was the principal House author. The
CASA request bill will go into effect November 1, 2019.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Pemberton: (405) 521-5533