Foster Parent Conference 2015- 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.

Mental Illness Education Course

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness is holding a NAMI Basics education course. This is a peer-directed education program designed for parents and other caregivers of children who have either been diagnosed with a mental illness or children who are experiencing symptoms of mental illness. This is a six weeks course that is taught by trained teachers who are caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness during childhood.

This course will be held in Oklahoma City. There are two sessions to select from:

  • Mondays, September 14th – October 20th, 2015
  • Mondays, November 2 – December 7th, 2015

To register contact Julia Jernigan by phone: 405-607-6018 /1-800-583-1264  or email: Julia@namioklahoma.org

 

For more information about NAMI and the services they provide, visit www.namioklahoma.org

 

 

Children’s Camp

Peaceful Family Solutions will be hosting a free children’s camp for children ages 7-12 who come from families with a history of alcoholism and addiction. This camp seeks to help children heal and break the cycle of addiction. Campers will learn about safe people and places, develop problem solving skills, understand choices and consequences, play games and swim. Lunch will be provided.

Camp will be held on July 22, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 23 from 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m., July 24 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and July 25 from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

PFS camp is located at 7405 S. Douglas Ave in Oklahoma City

Registration is required. Please register by contacting PFS Executive Director, Brent Katigan at 405-601-2691 or by email at brentk@peacfulfamilysolutions.org

Learn more at www.peacefulfamilysolutions.org

Safe and Secure: A Parenting Class for Families Experiencing Stress or Disruptions

Tuesdays at Noon Starting June 2, 2015

Location: Northcare

4436 NW 50th

OKC, OK 73112

This class is geared towards families who have experienced attachment disruptions including placement in foster or kinship care, adoption, reunification, domestic violence, and parental substance abuse and mental health concerns. This class will be most effective for caregivers with children 0-7.

Other families that will benefit from this class include:

  • parents seeking to enhance their relationship with their child
  • parents looking for new ways to address challenging behavior.
  • parents with their own history of childhood trauma

This class will have open enrollment.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Gould Gilpatrick at 405-858-2840

Foster Care Month

Recently, the Governor showed her support for Oklahoma’s foster parents by announcing this proclamation:

Proclamation 

Whereas, childhood is a memorable time, setting the stage for productive, well-adjusted adults; and

Whereas, more than 11,000 Oklahoma children are unable to remain at home through no fault of their own; and

Whereas, these children can often experience sadness, pain, and separation; and

Whereas, every child needs a safe, loving and permanent home; and

Whereas, we thank the many dedicated professionals who work to improve the safety of our most vulnerable children; and

Whereas, we recognize individuals from every walk of life who have opened their hearts and their homes to a child; and

Whereas, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services works tirelessly to ensure a bright and hopeful future for the state’s foster youth;

Now, therefore, I, Mary Fallin, Governor of the State of Oklahoma, do hereby declare May, 2015 as

“Foster Care Month” In the State of Oklahoma

 

Celebrate Foster Care month by becoming a foster parent or by thanking a foster parent for all they do for Oklahoma’s children!

May 17, 2015-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 111Tulsa.org or call 918.200.9681.

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: http://events.oucpm.org/ctc/

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

 

Finding Forever Families 5K Race

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 in need of a forever family.

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 www.okdhs5k.eventbrite.com

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

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

 

Already An Approved Foster Home?

If you are already an approved foster home in Oklahoma and have room in your heart and home for a foster child please review the list of current children in need of a home here.

There are children across the state who are in need of immediate assistance. If you are an approved foster parent, you can help.

Not already an approved foster home? Contact the Bridge Resource Support Center for more information at 1-800-376-9729.

Safe 4 Me- April 25, 2015

Join us for the Safe 4 Me event on April 25, 2015 at the Autry Tech Autry Technology Center located at 1201 W. Willow Road Enid, Oklahoma 73701

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the day will conclude at 3:00 p.m.

The Safe 4 Me event is a collaborative effort with the Garfield County Domestic Violence Task Force (DVTF) members, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services. The DVTF mission is to educate the community and young adults on the truth about domestic violence. Presenters will provide information about healthy relationships and how to identify red flags in questionable situations. Speakers from the community will provide participants information on domestic violence, unhealthy relationships and the effects of trauma experienced by individuals and children who witness or are victims of domestic violence.

For those who have young children and do not have other options for childcare arrangements, on-site child care will be provided by Child Welfare staff.

To register for this event, please contact the Garfield County office at 580-548-2120. You may also register via mail to the Garfield County office at P.O. Box 3628 Enid, OK 73702. Please provide the names of the people who will be attending and the names and ages of any children who will be utilizing on-site childcare.