DHS Settlement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge has given final approval to a settlement agreement between the Department of Human Services and a national child advocacy group that sued the agency over the safety of foster children in its care.

U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell OK'd the settlement at a fairness hearing in Tulsa on Wednesday, ending nearly four years of litigation between the department and New York-based Children's Rights.

The settlement calls for the agency to prepare a plan to better prevent child abuse and neglect in care and make other improvements.