Tuesday, September 22, 2015

October 24, 2015- Hero Dash 5K

October 24, 2015 Cherokee County Child Welfare will be holding the Hero Dash – Fostering the Future 5K & Fun Run. The Fun Run will start at 8:00 AM followed by the 5K at 8:30 AM.

Participants may pre-register at: by October 16, 2015.

5K Pre-Registration is $35 and participants who pre-register will be guaranteed a shirt. Registration on the day of the race is still $35 but a shirt is not guaranteed. Registration for the Fun Run is $15.

All proceeds will benefit children involved with Cherokee County Child Welfare and Foster Care.

Participants are encouraged to bring unopened packs of diaper, children’s socks, or children’s underwear to be entered into a drawing.

Super Hero Costumes are encouraged as there will be a costume contest for prizes after the race. The race will start at the Iguana Café in Tahlequah, OK.

For more information contact Lesley, Kim, Ashley, or Kendra at (918)207-4500.

Friday, June 26, 2015

August 24th and 25th 2015 Foster Parent Conference- Making a Difference…Fostering Families

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services Foster Parent Conference will be held August 24th and 25th at the National Center for Employee Development located at 2701 E. Imhoff Road, Norman, Ok 73071.

This is a family friendly event to celebrate and honor Oklahoma’s Resource families! There will be workshops that target many issues faced by foster families and social service professionals who work with youth in foster care. Lunch will be provided both days.

Pre-registration is required. Please visit the Foster Parent Conference Registration page.

DHS has a limited number of rooms available for those who require overnight accommodations.

To make arrangements for lodging, please call 405-366-4300 and reference code 3977 or make an online reservation.

For more information about the conference, please visit our Foster Parent Conference 2015 website, or contact Cindy Keever at 405-325-7240.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Completing the Circle

Completing the Circle will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Chickasaw National Cultural Center located at 867 Cooper Memorial Drive in Sulphur, Oklahoma.

Completing the Circle is an annual event that provides roots for Stability and Wings for Success to Native American Children in foster care by raising cultural awareness for DHS and Tribal foster homes.

This event is free and open to foster and adoptive families who provide care for Native American children.

To register:


For more information or questions regarding this event, please contact Rita Hart at or 580-257-9108 or Allison Johnson at or 405-767-2518.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Finding Forever Families 5K

Please join Pottawatomie County DHS and the Shawnee Frontline Church at this 5K race to raise awareness about the need for adoptive homes for children in foster care who are seeking a forever home.

The 5K will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Shawnee YMCA located at 700 Saratoga St, Shawnee, OK 74804

Pre-register online at

Registration is $20 and children under 14 race for free!

Same day registration begins at 7 a.m. and the cost is $25

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May 17, 2015-Save the Date-Salsa De Mayo

Salsa De Mayo is a fundraising event that will be held on Sunday, May 17th, 2015 from 2:30 p.m.- 4:40 p.m. at The Union Multipurpose Activity Center located at 6836 S. Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK 74133 .

This event will support 111Tulsa, a networking and training organization for the foster care and adoptive community.

There will be taste testing of salsa and other foods, eating contests, face painting, dance lessons, piñatas, inflatables and more!

For more information about 111Tulsa and to purchase tickets, visit or call 918.200.9681.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bryan County Family Expo

The Bryan County Family Expo is being held Saturday, March 14, 2015 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

The event will be held at the Visual and Performing Arts Center at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

This is a family fun day free to all with informational and activities booths for children.

For more information about this event, please contact Shelly Gaines at 580-399-3304.


Friday, March 13, 2015

Angels Foster Care Network Foster Parent Orientation

Foster Parent orientation will be held on March 3, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Angels office located at 1400 S. Broadway in Edmond, OK. Angels only serves residents of Oklahoma County.  Please contact the Bridge Resource Support Center at 1-800-396-9729 for additional information on how to become a Bridge Resource family.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March 23, 2015- Collabroshop

Please join us Monday, March the 23rd, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm at Watchetaker Hall within the Comanche Nation Complex located at 584 NW Bingo Road, Lawton, Oklahoma for our Collabroshop!

The goal of this Collabroshop is to better serve Native American children and families by making sure Tribal families are available for children and teens in need of out-of-home care away from their parents.

All tribal child welfare staff, public and private agency foster care staff, foster care recruiters, and foster parents are invited to this event.

Topics will include:

  • Insight into how the ICWA is impacting the foster care process
  • Learn ways to better support Tribal Children in foster care.
  • Identify all culturally appropriate resources available for children and families
  • Become familiar with culturally respectful recruitment strategies
  •  Develop skills to conduct culturally respectful homestudies and strategies to support Tribal Families through the approval process


The workshop is free to attend and lunch will be provided.

Pre-register by emailing Harrison Madden at or Constanzia Nizza at

CEU’s are also available to all foster parents and licensed professionals who attend, up to 6 hours of credit for spending the day with us, hope to see you there!

Registration closes March 13th!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Save the Date: Oct. 15, 2015 and Dec. 15, 2015- Coming Together Summit for Autism Cares Community Cares Initiative

The Coming Together Summit for Autism Cares Community Cares Initiative will be held on October 15, 2015 and on December 17, 2015 at the Choctaw Event Center in Durant, Oklahoma.

This event will feature two Nationally Renowned speakers on autism, Dr. Temple Grandlin Ph.D., and Ms. Eustacia Cutler. Dr. Grandlin is one of the most well-known and accomplished adults with autism. Her life story has been turned into an HBO film, “Temple Grandin”. Ms. Cutler is the author of A Thorn in My Pocket and is the mother of Dr. Temple.

Ms. Eustacia Cutler will speak on October 15th and Dr. Temple Grandlin, PhD. will speak on December 17th.

Continuing Education credit hours can be earned for attending both events.

More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Monday, February 23, 2015

April 10-11, 2015 Empower to Connect Conference

On April 10th and 11th from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. a simulcast will be held to provide information to foster and adoptive parents, professionals and ministry leaders on how to understand and care for children who come from hard places. The information presented will be based on the Trust Based Relational Intervention approach by Dr. Karyn Purvis. The simulcast will be broadcast at the following locations:

South Oklahoma City – Family Legacy Therapeutic Services, Destiny Christian Center and 111 Project

To register:

Northwest Oklahoma City – Deaconess Pregnancy & Adoption Services, OKC First Church of the Nazarene and Council Road Baptist Church at the Cole Community Impact Organization (OKC First)

For registration and event details specific to this location, you may e-mail:

Edmond – HALO Project and Angels Foster Family Network at Coffee Creek Church.

To register:

Edmond-Henderson Hills Baptist Church.

To register:

Norman – Trinity Baptist Church

For registration and event details specific to this location, you may e-mail:

Stillwater – Church of Christ

For registration and event details specific to this location, you may e-mail:

Tulsa– Southern Hills Baptist Church

For registration and event details specific to this location, you may e-mail:

Tulsa-Crisis Pregnancy Outreach

To register:

Broken Arrow – Liberty Church

For registration and event details specific to this location, you may e-mail:

For additional simulcast host sites throughout the nation you may visit

Registration must be completed by February 27, 2015 to have a workbook available at the conference.