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“Love, Don’t Fix-Redefining Failure in Foster Care”

November 20th, 2014

A partnership between the Christian Alliance for Orphans and the 111 Project brought together leading thinkers in foster care to create the first ever National Foster Care Initiative Symposium. This event was held on August 21, 2014 and provided the opportunity to share ideas and experiences that are making a difference in foster care. The featured presenter was Chelsea Geyer, Director of DC127, a faith-based initiative in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to reversing the foster care wait list.  Click on the following link to watch the video of her presentation. “Love, Don’t Fix-Redefining Failure in Foster Care”

Save the Date – Collabroshop – December 10, 2014

November 19th, 2014

Join us December 10, 2014, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm at the Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd, Tulsa, Ok 74127.

There is no cost and space is limited. Please RSVP with Amanda Beard at Amanda.Beard@okdhs.org. Registration closes December 1st!

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

There are 11,000 children in DHS care; nearly 5,000 of the children in Oklahoma child welfare system are Tribal. The goal of this Collabroshop is to better service Tribal children and families by ensuring that there are Tribal families available for children and teens that need to be placed 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 ICWA impacts the foster care process
• Learn ways to support Tribal Children in foster care
• Identify culturally appropriate services/resources for children & families
• Develop skills to conduct culturally respectful homestudies and
strategies to support Tribal Families through the approval process
• Become familiar with culturally respectful recruitment strategies

Immediate Foster Homes Needed Across the State

November 19th, 2014

Across the state there are children who are in need of an immediate Foster Home. If you are currently an approved Bridge Resource home in the state of Oklahoma there is a specific contact listed for every child below. Please keep calls between 8:00am and 9:00 pm. When you reach this individual please be ready with the tracking number or ID Code associated with the child you would like to provide care to.

 

In Region I (Northwest Oklahoma):

  • We have two brothers; 3 and 5 years old in need of a Foster Home.
  • They both love Scooby Doo and other cartoons.
  • Both boys are described as well behaved and have no known medical concerns.
  • The brothers are close and look out for each other.
  • Tracking #73A
  • Contact: Brandi Starr at 405-250-1365

 

  • We have a sibling set of 3 sisters; 6, 7 and 16 years old in need of a Foster Home.
  • The children will need a Spanish speaking home as that is their primary language.
  • Tracking #85A
  • Contact: Terra Hines at 405-343-3690

 

  • We have a 13 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He has moderate behaviors which will require a patient home.
  • ID Code: NW3
  • Contact: Wendy Battenfield at 918-698-8729

 

  • We have a sibling set of 4 in need of a Foster Home.
  • Two sisters, 8 months and 5 years old and their two brothers; 1 and 3 years old.
  • The children are described as well behaved.
  • The 3 year old has a medical condition and cannot be around cigarette smoke.
  • The 5 year old is reported to enjoy helping around the house.
  • Tracking #75A
  • Contact: Jan Petty at 405-538-8842

 

  • We have a 10 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She loves to be outside, play with animals and sports such as basketball and baseball.
  • She does have come behaviors which will require frequent supervision.
  • Tracking #NW2
  • Contact: Jodie Kincanon at 405-397-9952

 

  • We have a 6 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He is hyperactive with some educational delays.
  • Tracking #558
  • Contact: Amy Barnes at 580-362-5829

 

  • We also have a set of brothers, 13 and 14 years old, in need of a Foster Home.
  • Both boys are well behaved.
  • They have experienced a life trauma that will require counseling services.
  • Tracking #1092
  • Contact: Crystal Williams at 580-216-8054.

 

  • We also have a 13 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She has severe behavioral issues which will require frequent supervision.
  • ID Code: NW1
  • Contact: Jennifer Gooden at 405-343-3690

 

In Region II (Southwest Oklahoma):

  • We have a sibling set of 2 in need of a Foster Home; a 2 year old boy and his 8 month old sister.
  • The 2 year old is described as loving and behaves typically for his age.
  • The 8 month old has a medical condition which will require extra attention and frequent doctor visits. She is a happy baby and is able to sit up without support.
  • Tracking #29B
  • Contact: Amanda Basden at 405-240-6221

 

  • We have as sibling set of 2 brothers; 2 and 4 years old in need of a Foster Home.
  • The 2 year old behaves typically for his age. He does have a minor temporary medical condition which will require follow up care.
  • He is described as sweet. He enjoys cuddling and watching Disney’s Cars.
  • The 4 year old has been described as a bit bossy toward his younger brother. He has large vocabulary for his age and is described as funny.
  • He loves baseball and playing catch.
  • Both children would benefit from a home with structure and boundaries.
  • Tracking #116B
  • Contact: Joni Rice at 580-622-5858

 

  • We have a 12 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He has had severe behavioral problems in the past, but with proper care these behaviors have become mild behaviors.
  • He has a moderate medical condition which will require extra attention.
  • Tracking #128B
  • Contact Amanda Bradley at 580-309-3796 or Lauren Allen at 580-222-4751.

 

  • We have a 6 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He has severe behaviors which will need to be monitored more frequently than most children his age.
  • Due to the trauma he has experienced, he has behaviors which will require constant supervision around younger children and animals.
  • He can be very compassionate and would benefit from a foster family which could devote lots of time and attention.
  • ID Code: SW4
  • Contact Priscilla Forsythe at 405-280-9650

 

  • We have a 13 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He enjoys sports and has recently become involved in gymnastics.
  • This young boy will need a home with stability and structure.
  • Tracking #111B
  • Contact: Heather Tovar at 580-471-8605

 

  • We have an additional 13 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He is in the gifted program at school and is described as being fun.
  • He enjoys playing basketball.
  • Tracking #26B
  • Contact: Haley McIeran at 580-371-4000

 

  • We have a set of brothers; 13 and 4 years old in need of a Foster Home.
  • The older brother is described as friendly, helpful, athletic and social.
  • He enjoys playing sports and singing in his school choir.
  • The younger brother is described as having a big imagination.
  • He loves to cuddle.
  • Tracking #45B
  • Contact: Tammy Johnson at 580-713-9523.

 

  • We have a 16 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He enjoys hunting, fishing and anything else outdoors.
  • He also likes to work on computers and do arts and crafts.
  • His behavior is generally typical of a boy his age.
  • Tracking #1150
  • Contact: Kelly Guyton at 405-912-2071

 

  • We have an 11 year old boy who is currently in a shelter.
  • He does have a medical condition which he participates in managing.
  • He is friendly, but a bit shy.
  • He is well behaved and is performing well in school.
  • Tracking #8
  • Contact: Leslie Smith at 580-250-3684

 

Region III (Central Oklahoma)

  • We are in need of a Foster Home for a sibling set of 3.
  • 2 brothers; 2 and 5 years and their 3 year old sister.
  • These children have no known medical or behavioral issues.
  • Tracking #60C
  • Contact: Stephanie Bean at 405-767-2920

 

  • We have a 7 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He does have some challenging behaviors which will require constant supervision.
  • He loves Jordan’s basketball shoes and is described as respectful and kind.
  • ID #CQ
  • Contact: Amy Ryan at 405-420-5294

 

In Region IV (Southeast Oklahoma):

  • We have a 14 year old in need of a Foster Home.
  • He will require a patient home with no younger children in the home.
  • ID Code: SW2
  • Contact: Jessica Womack at 580-212-0727

 

  • We have a sibling set of 3; 2 sisters ages 3 and 2 and their 11 month old brother in need of a Foster Home.
  • The sisters have mild behavioral issues including fighting with each other when angry.
  • Tracking #101D
  • Contact: Vanessa Burris at 580-212-8651

 

  • We have a 16 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She will need to be in a home with no males present.
  • She enjoys running, listening to music and making crafts.
  • She is described as well behaved.
  • Tracking #89D
  • Contact: Celena Lusk at 918-781-5942

 

  • We have a sibling set of 4 in need of a Foster Home.
  • 3 girls; 5, 1 and 11 months and their brother; a new born.
  • All of the children are well behaved and have no known medical conditions.
  • These children are currently looking for a home in or near Bryan county in order to keep them close to their kin, culture and community.
  • Tracking 74D
  • Contact: Jessica Womack at 580-212-0727

 

  • We have a sibling set of two sisters, 3 and 4 years old in need of a Foster Home.
  • The girls are described as sweet and loving.
  • Both children are potty trained and tend to bond quickly.
  • They love to play dress up and their favorite movie is Disney’s Frozen.
  • Tracking #95D
  • Contact: Laura Andrews at 918-759-7957

 

In Region V (Northeast Oklahoma):

  • We have a 13 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She is the mother to a baby whom she visits.
  • She has no known behavioral issues.
  • Tracking #121
  • Contact: Stephanie Windisch at 918-237-6025

 

  •  We also have 2 brothers; 4 and 7 years old.
  • Both brothers enjoy playing outside and watching tv.
  • Tracking #59E
  • Contact: Susan Brumbaugh at 918-237-6401

 

Want to help? Not an approved Bridge Resource yet? Please contact the Bridge Resource Support Center at 1-800-376-9729 for more information.

Foster Parent Liability Insurance

November 7th, 2014

Liability insurance for foster parents is available through James River Insurance Company. For more information about insurance for foster parents, please visit http://jamesriverins.com.  If you would like a copy of the 2014 Foster Parent Summary of Insurance, please contact your worker or the Bridge Resource Support Center at 1(800)-376-9729.

 

If you have a claim to file, please contact James River Insurance directly:

 

By FAX:

 

(804) 420-1058,   Attention: Claims Department

By E-mail: New.Claimsnotices@jamesriverins.com
 
Online: Login to   the Broker Access Area
 
By Mail: Claims Department
James River Insurance Company
P.O. Box 27648
Richmond, VA 23261
 
Street Address for
overnight deliveries:
Claims Department
James River Insurance Company
6641 West Broad Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23230

Immediate Foster Homes Needed in Northeast Oklahoma

October 30th, 2014

The following children are located in Region V (Northeast Oklahoma). They are each in need of an immediate Foster Home. If you are already an approved Resource in the state of Oklahoma, please call the contact listed between 8:00am and 9:00pm. When you call please be ready with the tracking number or ID Code (if one is provided) associated with the child to whom you would like to provide care.

 

  • We have a sibling set of 3 in need of a Foster Home.
  • 1 boy; 3 years old and his two sisters; 2 and 6 years old.
  • The 3 year old has some mild behaviors which will require extra supervision.
  • All of the children are described as loving.
  • The girls love Disney’s Frozen and playing with dolls. Their brother loves to play with trucks, cars and trains.
  • Tracking #71A
  • Contact: Lacie Kranz at 405-334-1530

 

  • We have a 17 year old gold in need of a Foster Home.
  • She will need a Foster Home for the next 1 and 1/2.
  • Her behavior is typical for her age.
  • Tracking #600
  • Contact: Crystal Williams at 580-216-8054 or Jodi Julian at 580-216-1348.

 

  • We have an additional 17 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She will be 18 next week, but will require a Foster Family for the next 2.5 years while she finishes High School.
  • She enjoys reading, watching television and playing on the internet.
  • Tracking #53A
  • Contact: Crystal Williams at 580-216-8054.
  • Secondary Contact: Jodi Julian at 580-216-9729.

 

  • We have a sibling set of 3 in need of a Foster Home.
  • 2 brothers; 8 and 11 years and their 10 year old sister.
  • None of the children have any known medical issues.
  • All of the children are well behaved.
  • Tracking #21E
  • Contact: Amanda Damon at 918-606-3107

 

  • We have a 4 year old boy.
  • He has exhibited severe behavioral issues in the past, but has recently been progressing.
  • Tracking #455
  • Contact: Amanda Damon at 918-606-3107

 

Want to help? Not an approved Bridge Resource yet? Please contact the Bridge Resource Support Center at 1-800-376-9729 for more information.

“The Church, a Book and the Trashcan” A Presentation and Discussion for Foster Care Advocates

October 28th, 2014

On August 20th, 2014, some of the leading thinkers in foster care gathered in Oklahoma City to share ideas and experiences that are making a difference throughout the country. The presentations and discussions from this important were captured on video to be utilized as resources designed to equip a team of passionate people in any church to be wise and thoughtful foster care advocates.

Pr. Robert Gelinas is Lead Pastor (and resident Jazz Theologian) of Colorado Community Church in Denver, Colorado. He is the author of The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers and Finding The Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith. Pr. Gelinas is the founder of Project 127, a ministry dedicated to seeing the day when there are no children waiting for homes in Colorado’s foster care system. He is also the Director of the Sankofa Institute for African-American Servant Leadership. He has been married to Barbara, the love of his life, since 1994. Barbara and Robert have six energetic children, 5 of whom they adopted.

The video of the presentation can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/109590955

Research Participants Needed

October 23rd, 2014

OU Pediatrics is looking for Bridge resource families in Comanche, Kay, Garfield, Muskogee, and Oklahoma counties with foster children ages 0 to 5 years to participate in a research study: From Vulnerable to Resilient. The aim of this research study is to understand ways to help improve access to early education and child care for children in or at-risk of entering foster care. Participation involves a 15 minute online survey asking for thoughts and opinions about these services as well as some general questions about the family. Everything is voluntary and confidential. Participants will be compensated with a $10 amazon gift card (provided electronically within 1-2 business days).

 

Contact Geneva Daniel at 405-655-6445 or email geneva-daniel@ouhsc.edu to sign up. You can also read more about the study at http://ouhsc.edu/bbmc/projects/ECEstudy

Siblings in Central Oklahoma in Need of Foster Homes

October 20th, 2014

In Region III (Central Oklahoma) there are sibling groups in need of an immediate foster home. If you are already an approved Resource home and would like to provide care for one of the sibling groups please contact the on call worker at 405-249-4751 between 8:00am and 9:00pm.

 

Sibling Group of 2

  • A 3 year old little boy and his 1 year old sister.
  • The 3 year old has some developmental delays and mild behavioral problems.
  • The little boy is described as imaginative, independent, sweet and enjoys playing on his own.
  • The little girl behaves as is typical for her age and will be taking her first steps any day now.
  • Tracking #70C

 

Sibling Group of 2

  • We have a 4 year old boy and his 3 year old sister.
  • The 4 year old loves to play pretend, like he is one of his many favorite Super Heroes.
  • His sister likes baby dolls and stuffed animals.
  • Both children exhibit some mild behavioral issues and minor medical issues which will require attention.
  • Tracking #62C
  • Contact: Jayme Howard at 405-767-2823

 

Sibling Group of 5

  • 4 brothers; 1, 3, 8 and 9 years old and their 4 year old sister.
  • All of the children are well behaved and have no known medical issues.
  • Tracking #44C

 

Sibling Group of 2

  • 2 brothers, 8 and 11 years old.
  • They have no behavioral or medical issues.
  • Tracking #41C

 

Sibling Group of 4

  • 3 brothers, 3, 2 and 1 years old and their 1 year old sister.
  • These children all have behaviors which will need constant supervision.
  • Each child loves SpongeBob and playing with toys.
  • The 1 year old boy loves to cuddle, especially when he is tired.
  • Tracking #35C

 

Sibling Group of 2

  • 2 brothers, 12 and 4 years old.
  • Both children are well behaved and have no known medical issues.
  • Both boys enjoy coloring and drawing.
  • The 12 year old is described as mature for his age. He specifically enjoys playing video games.
  • Tracking #31C

 

Sibling Group of 4

  • 3 boys – 1, 2 and 3 years old
  • 1 girl – 1 year old
  • This sibling set has moderate behavioral issues
  • Tracking #35C

 

Sibling Group of 2

  • 3 and 2 year old brothers
  • Both boys have moderate behavioral issues which will require redirection and frequent supervision.
  • The 3 year old likes to help around the house.
  • Both boys are described as sweet and loving. They enjoy giving hugs!
  • Tracking #20C

 

Sibling Group of 2

  • 2 boys, 2 months old and 2 years old
  • The 2 year old has no medical or behavioral issues
  • The 2 month old has some medical issues which will need to be monitored.

 

Sibling Group of 5

  • 3 boys, 1, 3 and 13 years old
  • 2 girls, 6 and 11 years old
  • The youngest three children have no behavioral issues
  • The 11 and 13-year-olds are both currently dealing with some behavioral issues.
  • The 1-year-old struggles with severe eczema, but the other children do not have any medical issues

 

Sibling Group of 3

  • 2 boys, 6 and 10 years old
  • 1 girl, 1 year old
  • The children have not presented any behavioral issues
  • The 6-year-old possibly has cognitive delays
  • The other children do not have any medical issues

 

Sibling Group of 4

  • 1 boy, 8 years old
  • 3 girls, 3, 10 and 13 years old
  • The 3 year old is non-verbal and has significant developmental delays
  • The 8-year-old male is hyperactive and has a medical condition that requires medication
  • The 10 and 13-year-old females have typical behaviors for girls of their ages
  • The 10-year-old is being seen by different physicians for concurrent medical conditions
  • None of the other 4 children have any significant medical issues

 

Want to help? Not an approved Bridge Resource yet? Please contact the Bridge Resource Support Center at 1-800-376-9729 for more information.

 

Immediate Foster Homes Needed Across the State

October 20th, 2014

Across the state there are children who are in need of an immediate Foster Home. If you are currently an approved Bridge Resource home please contact the individual listed as the contact for the child to whom you would like to provide care between 8:00am and 9:00pm and reference the tracking number listed.

 

In Region I (Northwest Oklahoma):

  • We have 17 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She has some developmental delays.
  • She exhibits severe behavioral issues.
  • She enjoys time to herself.
  • Tracking #600
  • Contact: Jodi Julian at 580-548-2100

 

  • We have a 13 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He has moderate behaviors which will require a patient home.
  • ID Code: NW4
  • Contact: Sara Brinlee at 405-365-9045.

 

In Region II (Southwest Oklahoma):

  • We have a 7 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She is well behaved and has no medical issues.
  • Tracking #72B
  • Contact: Jonathan Darr at 405-207-0508

 

  • We have a sibling group of 4 in need of a Foster Home.
  • All boys, 3, 4, 6 and 8 years old.
  • The three youngest children have developmental delays.
  • The youngest child has engaged in some self-destructive behavior which will need to be monitored.
  • The eldest child tends to be shy.
  • Tracking #26
  • Contact: Leslie Smith at 580-250-3684

 

  •  We also have a sibling set of 2.
  • 1 girl, 3 years old
  • 1 boy, 4 years old
  • The 4 year old has severe medical issues.
  • The 3 year old exhibits mild behavioral issues.
  • Tracking #57B
  • Contact: Amanda Basden at 405-240-6221

 

In Region IV (Southeast Oklahoma):

  • We have two sisters, 15 and 16 years old, in need of a Foster Home.
  • They currently reside in a shelter.
  • Neither child exhibits any behavioral or medical issues.
  • Tracking #525
  • Contact: Teressa Self at 918-207-4540

 

  • We have a sibling set in need of a Foster Home.
  • 1 boy, 1 years old
  • 1 girl, 2 years old
  • Both children are well behaved
  • The 1 year old uses sign language to communicate due to a hearing impairment
  • Tracking #32D
  • Contact: Robyn Riggle at 580-235-5730

 

  • We also have another sibling set in this region in need of a Foster Home.
  • The girl is 6 years old and her brother is 7 years old.
  • Neither child presents behavioral or medical issues.
  • Tracking #39D
  • Contact: Teressa Self at 918-207-4540

 

In Region V (Northeast Oklahoma):

  • We have a 10 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He currently resides in a shelter and is seeking a home in the Tulsa metro area.
  • He does have a medical condition which requires management.
  • Tracking #139
  • Contact: Stephanie Windisch at 918-237-6025

 

Want to help? Not an approved Bridge Resource yet? Please contact the Bridge Resource Support Center at 1-800-376-9729 for more information.

Adoptive Parent Training: Saturday November 1, 2014

October 16th, 2014

Training opportunity for all OKDHS and Tribal adoptive parents

Saturday, November 1, 2014: Registration begins at 9:00 am and training 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel 7902 S. Lewis Ave Tulsa, Ok 74136

Training Topics Include:

  • Post Adoption Resources
  • Oklahoma Health Care Authority
  • Educational Advocacy: What You Need to Know
  • National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) Oklahoma
  • Inspiration for Families
  • Resource Fair

There is no registration fee!

To register please go to: www.nrcys.ou.edu/apt or call 1-800-274-2687.

Child Care will not be provided. If you have adopted a child(ren), DHS will provide $50.00 voucher per adopted child (maximum of two adopted children per family) for child care assistance. Families will select their own child care provider and utilize the voucher to assist with payment. For additional information contact TsaiChin Harrison at 405-521-4268 or Donna Mason at 405-521-4368 prior to training.