Audit questions $10 million in funds used by Oklahoma DHS

Oklahoma Department of Human Services

OKLAHOMA CITY – A state audit questions the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ use of $10 million in federal funds to assist needy families with adoption expenses.

The audit says DHS didn’t determine whether the families qualified for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, considering them “child only cases.”

DHS spokeswoman Sheree Powell told The Associated Press Wednesday the agency thought TANF funding followed an eligible child, just as federal foster care funding follows a child into adoption.

The program provides funding for foster care and adoptions. Powell says officials are trying to determine how many families received funds and if they’re eligible for the program.

The audit, first reported by The Oklahoman, questions the entire $10 million because of the lack of data on how many families were eligible for funds.

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