In 1978, the federal government passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in acknowledgment of the fact that large numbers of Native children were being separated from not only their parents but also from their extended families and communities, causing these children to lose touch with their culture and tribal identity. The ICWA requires that … Read moreTribal Foster Parents Maintain Cultural Ties
The most vulnerable individuals in our foster care system are those with special needs. These children and adults have various disabilities, such as cognitive impairments, developmental disorders, physical disabilities, or some combination of those. They may have Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, or intellectual disabilities. Because of their disabilities, these people require … Read moreFostering Special Needs Children
Creating a stable environment is vital for any child’s development. As human beings, we are creatures of habit. We draw comfort from knowing where we will be sleeping each night and when our next meal will come. However, not every child is as lucky to have that type of stable home environment. Thus, it is … Read moreHow to Create Stability in a Foster Child’s Life
Facing the fear of attachment and loss is a normal concern for anyone considering foster care. It is hard to imagine pouring your love into a child, only to say goodbye at some unknown point in the future. Thus, if you are the kind of person who has enough love to bring a foster child … Read moreWill I Become Too Attached to My Foster Child?
Nobody puts it better than Dr. Seuss in his well-known quote – “To the world, you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” This is true for all human beings, but particularly applies to some of the most vulnerable in our society – foster children. The idea of fostering … Read moreYou Can Be That One Person
The Situation The phone is ringing at 2:00 a.m. Groggily you reach for the phone and try to organize your thoughts to be able to best process what you are hearing. You are being asked to take the emergency foster placement of a child. Indeed, that child may be anywhere in the age range of … Read moreThe Call for Emergency Foster Care
What is Respite Care? Homes filled with children are also filled with energy. Parents balancing the needs of birth children and foster children are likely to experience burnout unless they take time to get away and rest. Respite foster care offers a unique opportunity for both foster families and those who might like to serve as … Read moreRespite Care to the Rescue!
There are many ways to take care of the physical and emotional needs of children in Oklahoma. Children who are in the foster care system may be free for adoption, or they may be considered a legal risk at this time. In fact, legal risk means a child who has parents who have not lost … Read moreUnderstanding the Difference Between Adoption and Long-Term Fostering
When the winter weather arrives, it can be challenging if you’re an active family who likes to partake in sports and other outdoor activities. Even though winter marks the end of the season of football, baseball, soccer, and swimming at the neighborhood pool, there are plenty of things you can do to help your kids … Read moreFamily-Friendly Outdoor Activities and A Few Safety Tips For Foster Families
The length of time a foster child can stay with a foster family in Oklahoma depends on many different factors. Some of those reasons include: when the child was initially placed in foster care; the child’s age; the family remains eligible as a foster family; and state regulations. It Can Depend on Circumstances Each foster … Read moreHow Long a Foster Child Can Stay with a Foster Family in Oklahoma