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
First Step When you receive your license for fostering you are asked a series of questions regarding which children you are willing to accept. This is the first stage in deciding on the children that will ultimately be in your care. Second Step The second stage occurs when your caseworker contacts with a placement. He or … Read moreQuestions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting Foster Care Placements
According to the Children’s Welfare State Policy Reform Advocacy, reunification with the birth parents is almost always the primary goal for youths entering the Foster Care System. The exception is when the birth parents are no longer living or severe, extensive abuse has occurred that would make it impossible for the children to return home. … Read moreChildren in Foster Care: When Reunification With Birth Parents Isn’t Possible
Although most children eagerly count down the days until their eighteenth birthday, this is not the case for some unfortunate children. Teens in the foster care system know that eighteen is a year to dread. This is the year they will potentially become homeless after removal from their foster homes as teens age out of … Read moreWhat Happens When Teens Age Out of the Foster Care System?
When you are ready to become a foster parent, it can seem like time drags on until you receive your first placement. Keep in mind that there are multiple steps required to become licensed. These steps are meant to keep the child safe by ensuring they go to a capable, compatible home. On average, the … Read moreTime Frame for Becoming a Foster Parent