Therapeutic Foster Care: Exceptional Parenting for Special Needs Children

Becoming a foster parent is arguably one of the selfless and impactful things a person can do. It is challenging, fulfilling, and not just anyone can do it. Foster parents heal, help, support and teach children every day and their contribution to the lives of others is invaluable. The types of foster parents and their duties … Read moreTherapeutic Foster Care: Exceptional Parenting for Special Needs Children

Making a Positive Impact as a Sibling Home

Maybe you have made the decision to become a foster parent or are interested in making a more significant impact. What is one way to extend your service to foster youth and their families? Consider becoming a sibling home. What is a Sibling Home? A sibling home is a family willing and equipped to take … Read moreMaking a Positive Impact as a Sibling Home

Tribal Foster Parents Maintain Cultural Ties

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

Fostering Special Needs Children

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

How to Create Stability in a Foster Child’s Life

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

The Call for Emergency Foster Care

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

Understanding the Difference Between Adoption and Long-Term Fostering

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