There are about 10,000 children in Oklahoma’s foster care system. On any given day there are 150 children in need of a foster home, which has yet to be found. When a foster home is not available, these children stay in county shelters. In response to the lawsuit that was brought against DHS, the use of county shelters is being phased out.  This has created an urgent need for more foster homes in Oklahoma.

Circle of Care works to recruit, train, and provide ongoing support to foster parents. We have a contract through DHS to provide these services anywhere in the state.

 Recruitment

There are two primary ways Circle of Care recruits new foster parents: 1) word of mouth referrals from current foster parents and 2) presentations by staff to churches, Sunday school groups, UMW groups, and other community partners.  To schedule a visit from a Circle of Care staff member to your church or community group, please call 405-530-2078.

 

Training & Certification

The process to become a foster parents has many steps and our staff are there to support you along the way.  These steps include:

• Conducting a home study
• Having a background check
• Getting fingerprints taken
• 27 hours of training

Ongoing Support

Once you are approved by DHS to be a foster parent and children are placed in your home, Circle of Care continues to provide you support.  Our foster parents remain foster parents because they have an entire community of care.  Our support includes:

• A welcome basket when the child arrives at your home
• Monthly support group meetings with other foster parents
• A free co-op that contains clothing, toys, and other items needed to care for children in your home
• Free Christmas, Easter, and summer parties
• Financial support for community
•Respite Care

Qualifications to be a Foster Parent with Circle of Care

You must be:

• A responsible, mature, health adult at least 21 years of age with stable living arrangements.
• In healthy relationships, whether single, married, or divorced.
• Able to meet the emotional and medical needs of a young child.
• Able to manage personal and household financial needs.

Read Laura’s Story to hear about the impact Circle of Care foster parents make in the lives of children.

You can transform a life by providing a safe and loving home for a child in crisis.  To learn more about becoming a foster parent, call our Child SHARE office at: 405-463-6626 or, toll free, at 866-978-2956.

Satellite Child SHARE Foster Care Offices

  Ponca City: 405-802-9687 and 405-802-7697

  Woodward: 405-312-6640

  Ardmore: 405-312-8663

  Lawton: 580-483-3130

  Muskogee/Tahlequah: 918-740-0845