Lawmakers say they want to examine ways to reduce barriers and make Oklahoma’s adoption and foster care system more efficient following the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
An interim study was requested by Reps. Brian Hill, R-Mustang, Brad Boles, R-Marlow, and Dick Lowe, R-Amber, to investigate how this can be done without compromising the well-being of the children involved.
Currently there are approximately 7,000 children in Oklahoma’s foster care system, according to the Department of Human Services.
There were 1,462 children adopted from foster care in Oklahoma in 2012 with another 2,803 children waiting to be adopted, according to the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center.
However, adoptions from foster care have steadily grown over the years with a 40% increase in adoptions from foster care across the U.S. between 2000 and 2019, according to the National Council for Adoption.