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Welcome to the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth.
In the early 1980s, a lawsuit was brought forward by seven teenage plaintiffs in the custody of the Department of Human Services known as the “Terry D. Case.” The lawsuit alleged instances of abuse and generally horrific conditions faced by Oklahoma children in state custody and cared for by institutions. Along with the lawsuit, local Gannett news aired a series of reports called ‘Oklahoma’s Shame,’ which helped lead to a massive change in the child welfare system.
As part of these changes, in 1982, Oklahoma House Bill 1468 was signed into law and the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY) was created to bring accountability and oversight into the child and youth service systems of Oklahoma. For more than 38 years, OCCY has successfully worked for the establishment of effective services, has been instrumental in the remediation or elimination of substandard services, and has helped create a transparent system for children, youth, and families.