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Waiting Child on Tulsa’s Channel 8

September 18th, 2014

Since 1980 Tulsa’s Channel 8 has aired weekly updates on its Waiting Child program. The children featured on the program are looking for adoptive homes and are in permanent custody of Oklahoma Department of Human Services.  You can watch the program air weekly with Keith Taylor on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. or Saturdays at 10 p.m.. Please visit their site weekly to for new segments at

For additional information regarding foster care or adoption, including how to become a Bridge Resource Parent please contact the Bridge Resource Support Center at 1-800-376-9729.

Building Bridges Newsletter Summer 2014

September 11th, 2014

The Building Bridges Newsletter is now available. Please visit

Topics Include:

Grandparents as Parents

Life Skills for all Ages

Summer Safety Tips

“Healing Historical Trauma”

September 10th, 2014

Dr. Eduardo Duran is a clinical psychologist. He has been working in the field for over two decades. He has experience in working with all aspects of psychotherapy. He has worked with clients in his own practice, served as a professor of psychology at a graduate level and lectures in communities across the world.

He will be presenting on “Healing Historical Trauma”. Historical trauma is trauma that has happened to one generation that is passed down to the next generation if the trauma or soul wounding is not dealt with.

He will be presenting at the Northeastern State University on Thursday September 25, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the University Center, Rosebud Room, at 600 N Grand Ave Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464.

For additional information please contact the Indigenous Scholar Development Center of Northeastern

State University at 918-444-3042

Water Safety

September 5th, 2014

Water safety

Each year in Oklahoma, many children drown in swimming pools, ponds, bathtubs, ice buckets, toilets, sinks, and aquariums. It only takes a few inches of water for a child to be at risk for drowning. Adult supervision is the best way to prevent injuries and drowning.  There are several things that can be done to help prevent accidents from occurring.

  • Use door alarms and pool alarms
  • Use pool covers and hot tub covers
  • Remove pool  ladders when not in use and store in a secure location
  • Keep pool gates locked when pool is not in use
  • Never allow children to swim alone
  • Always have adult supervising when children are swimming
  • Have children wear flotation devices around open bodies of water
  • Discourage children from exploring areas that have been flooded
  • Empty bathtubs, ice chests, wading pools and buckets immediately after use and store upside down and out of children’s reach
  • Keep toilet lids down and doors to the bathroom and laundry room closed at all times

For additional information on water safety, visit .

For OKDHS Policy regarding water safety please visit,

Save the Date: Conference for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

August 22nd, 2014

Oklahoma ranks in the top ten states that have grandparents or other relatives raising children. There are currently over 81,000 grandparents living with their grandchildren in Oklahoma and almost 44,000 grandparents hold full responsibility for their grandchildren.

A conference for grandparents and other relatives raising children will be held on September 24, 2014 at Crossing Community Center located at 2208 W. Hefner Road in Oklahoma City.  The conference is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and there is no cost to attend.

Conference highlights include: onsite experts to provide information regarding legal issues, financial resources, safety on social media sites, connecting with the child’s school, and care giver self-care.  There will also be numerous exhibitors with information to assist grandparents and other relatives raising children. Lunch will be provided for attendees.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. To register, please visit or call (405) 325-1022. Registration closes September 12, 2014.

The conference is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Aging Services. For more information, call the Senior Info-Line at 800-211-2116 or (405) 521-2281.