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: https://familylegacy.wufoo.com/forms/empowered-to-connect-simulcast-registration/

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:

bbryan@deaconessadoption.org

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

To register:   www.haloprojectokc.org

Edmond-Henderson Hills Baptist Church.

To register: http://www.hhbc.com/ministries/local-kingdom/mercy/fam/

Norman – Trinity Baptist Church

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

kara@trinitynorman.org

Stillwater – Church of Christ

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

etcstillwater@gmail.com

Tulsa- Southern Hills Baptist Church

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

mollyshockley@gmail.com

Tulsa-Crisis Pregnancy Outreach

To register: http://crisispregnancyoutreach.org/etc-registration.

Broken Arrow – Liberty Church

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

pmcdaniel@libertychurchba.com

 

For additional simulcast host sites throughout the nation you may visit http://showhope.org/be-hope/equipping-families/etc/etc-simulcast/#live-simulcast.

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

Immediate Foster Homes Needed Across the State

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 are in urgent need of placement for a 12 year old male with moderate behaviors.
  • This child is very athletic and excels in basketball.
  • He plays well with other children his age.
  • Tracking # 186A
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Brandi Starr 405-343-3690 or Jennifer Gooden 405-295-2726 between 8:00am and 9:00pm referencing this child with the tracking number 186A.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for 2 and 5 year old brothers with no reported behaviors.
  • Tracking # 188A
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Jodi Julian at (580) 216-1348 between 8:00 am and 9:00pm referencing these children with the tracking number 188A.

 

  • We are in urgent of placement for a sibling group including a 14 year old female, 13 year old female, 7 year old male, and a 6 year old male.
  • Tracking #215A
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Crystal Williams at (580) 216-8054 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 215A.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for an 8 year old male whom qualifies for Therapeutic Foster Care.
  • This child has severe behaviors and will need to be monitored around younger children and animals.
  • He is very talkative and friendly and loves riding his skateboard.
  • He also enjoys playing video games and being on the computer.
  • Tracking # NW9
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Martha Jones at (580)729-1282 or (580)530-0523 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the ID Code NW9.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 3-year-old male and his 2 and 6-year-old sisters.
  • The 3-year old-has mild behavioral problems which will require extra supervision.
  • These children are very good and loving children.
  • The 3-year-old loves cars, trucks, and trains.
  • The girls love Disney’s Frozen and playing with dolls.
  • If you are an approved foster home, please contact Lacie Kranz at (405) 334-1530 between 8am and 9 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 71A.

 

  •  We are in urgent need of placement for a sibling set including a 12 year old female, 11 year old female, 8 year old male, and a 6 year old male.
  • These children have no reported behavioral or medical concerns.
  • They are all very active in sports.
  • These children are part of the Choctaw Tribe, and in order to maintain the connection to her culture, we are searching for a Native American foster home.
  • If you are already an approved Native American foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Lacie Kranz at (405) 334-1530 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 179A.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 4 year old male whom qualifies for Therapeutic Foster Care.
  • Due to his behaviors, he needs to be in a home where he is either the youngest or only child.
  •  If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Matt Hill at (580) 304-5035 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the ID Code NW8.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 15 year old female who requires a Therapeutic Foster Home.
  • She has moderate behaviors.
  • Tracking NW7
  • If you are already an approved Therapeutic Foster Home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Crystal Williams at (580) 216-8054 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the ID Code NW7.

 

  •  We are in urgent need of placement for a 3 year old male.
  • He has moderate behaviors which will require extra patience.
  • Tracking #165A
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Anne Dinsmore at (580) 660-6187 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 165A.

 

  • We are in need of a placement for an 8 year old female.
  • She has moderate behaviors which will require extra patience.
  • She likes dogs and enjoys playing outside.
  • She also likes coloring, arts and crafts.
  • Tracking # 158A
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Elicia Reynolds Medaris at (405) 343-3690 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 158A.

 

  • We are in need of a placement for a 4 year old female.
  • She has mild behaviors.
  • She loves the music from movies like Disney’s Frozen and The Little Mermaid.
  • Tracking # 148A
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please call Elicia Reynolds Medaris at (405) 343-3690 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child using the tracking number 148A.

 

  •  We have three sisters in need of a foster home.
  • They are 4, 2, and 3 months old.
  • The 4 year old is very sweet and loves helping with her sisters and playing baby dolls.
  • The 2 year old likes to be cuddled and enjoys watching Dora the Explorer and Blue’s Clues.
  • The 3 month old is generally a happy baby who does not get fussy often. She is described as a good sleeper.
  • The children have no reported behaviors.
  • They do have some mild medical issues which will require follow up care.
  • If you are an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Wendy Battenfield at (918) 698-8729 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these sisters with the tracking number 101A.

 

  • We have a 3 year old male in need of a foster home.
  • He has some behavioral issues which will require extra attention and patience.
  • He would do best in a home where he is the youngest child.
  • Requires supervision around animals.
  • He is very affectionate and loves any thing sports related.
  • He is a big fan of the Mickey Mouse Club House.
  • He has mild medical issues that require follow up care.
  • Tracking #104A
  • Please contact Angela Murphy at 918-697-8839 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 104A.

 

  • 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 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 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 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 are in urgent need of placement for a 6 year old female.
  • She has some moderate behaviors.
  • Tracking # 279B
  •  If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Haley McLeran at (580) 387-9095 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 279B.

 

  •  We are in urgent need of placement for a 4 year old boy.
  • The child has mild behaviors. No other behaviors are reported.
  • They are reported to be very sweet, funny, and charming.
  • This child is part of the Apache Tribe, and in order to maintain the connection to their culture, we are searching for a Native American foster home in or around Cleveland County.
  • Tracking #257B
  • If you are already an approved Native American foster home within the state of Oklahoma please contact, Jan Adkins at (405) 200-9238 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 257B.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 2 year old, 1 year old, and 5 year old brothers.
  • They have mild medical needs which may require follow up care.
  • Tracking # 3B
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Annette Anderson at (580) 319-8862 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 3B.

 

  •  We have a need for a TFC  placement for a 9 year old male.
  • He has severe behaviors which will require a patient home that can provide lots of supervision.
  • He is high energy.
  • He loves Transformers and Legos.
  • He really enjoys taking things apart and putting them back together again.
  • Tracking # SW6
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Joni Rice at (580) 618-3039 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the ID Code SW6.

 

  • We have a need for a TFC placement for a 12 year old male.
  • He has severe behaviors that will require a patient home which can provide lots of supervision.
  • Tracking # SW7
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Joni Rice at (580) 618-3039 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the ID Code SW7.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for 3 and 4 year old brothers.
  • The 3 year old has some mild behaviors which are typical for his age.
  • Both boys are described as friendly, outgoing, and very personable.
  • Tracking #151B
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Andi Williams at (580) 656-7331 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing them with the tracking number 151B.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 16 year old female.
  • Has history with severe behaviors but has been displaying improvements.
  • She is very friendly and enjoys doing her hair and make up.
  • Tracking # SW5If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Jonathan Darr at (405) 207-0508 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm.

 

  •  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 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 urgent need of placement for a 10 year old female whom qualifies for Therapeutic Foster Care.
  • This child has severe behaviors which will require extra supervision.
  • She would do best in a home without younger children.
  • She does very well in school, enjoys shopping for clothes, listening to Taylor Swift, and is very social.
  • She has shown interest in cheerleading and archery.
  • Tracking code C2
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call Worker at (405) 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the ID Code C2.

 

 

  • We are in urgent need of a foster home for an 11 year old male whom qualifies for Therapeutic Foster Care.
  • He has severe behaviors which will require more supervision than a typical child of his age.
  • Tracking # 185C
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call Worker at (405) 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 185C.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a sibling group including a 3 year old male, 4 year old male, and a 5 year old female.
  • These children have no reported behavioral issues.
  • Tracking #219C
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call Worker at (4050 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 219C.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 3 year old male and his 1 year old brother.
  • The 1 year old has mild behaviors which will require extra patience.
  • Tracking # 57C
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call Worker at (405) 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 57C.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 9 year old male with moderate developmental needs.
  • He has no reported behavioral issues.
  • Tracking #217C
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call Worker at (405) 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 217C.

 

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 12 year old female with no known behaviors.
  • Tracking #202C
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call Worker at (405) 249-4751 between  8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 202C.

 

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 10 year old female.
  • The child has mild behaviors.
  • Tracking # 162B
  • If you are already an approved foster home, please contact Amanda Bradley at (580) 235-1375 and reference the children using the tracking number 162B.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 16 year old female and her 11 year old brother.
  • Both children have mild behaviors.
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the On Call Oklahoma County Worker at (405) 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking #184C.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 13 year old male.
  • He has no reported behaviors.
  • Tracking # 100C
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call worker at (405) 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm. Please leave a message if necessary including your name, contact number, and the tracking number for this child, 100C.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 10 year old female with moderate behaviors.
  • Tracking #168c
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please call the Oklahoma County On Call worker at (405) 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 168C.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for 4 year old and 6 month old sisters.
  • The 4 year old has some moderate behaviors which will require extra supervision.
  • Tracking # 163C
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call Worker at (405) 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 163C.

 

  • We have a need for a 10 year old female.
  • She has moderate behaviors.
  • Tracking # 151C
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call Worker at (405)249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 151C.

 

  • We have a need for a foster home for a six year old female with moderate behaviors.
  • Tracking # 153C
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call Worker at (405) 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 153C.

 

  • We have a need for a foster home for an 8 year old male.
  • He has moderate behaviors which will require extra supervision.
  • Tracking # 152C
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact the Oklahoma County On Call Worker at (405) 249-4751 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking #152C

 

  • 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 are in urgent need of placement for 10 and 12 year old brothers with moderate behaviors which will require extra patience and supervision.
  • Tracking #228D
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Rick Hensley at (918) 720-3910 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 228D.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for an 11 year old female whom qualifies for Therapeutic Foster Care.
  • This child has some challenging behaviors due to the trauma she has suffered.
  • She was described as a very intelligent young lady and can be very loving.
  • She wants to grow up in a home where she can be accepted and be a child.
  •  Tracking # SE4
  •  If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Vanessa Burris at (580) 212-8651 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the ID Code SE4.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 1 year old male with extensive medical needs.
  • The foster parents will be required to be trained on how to care for this child.
  • He loves music, he laughs, and smiles a lot , and enjoys people talking to him.
  • Tracking # 185D
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Stacey Frederick at (918) 839-7386 or Jarrod Ridenour at (918) 839-7254 referencing this child with the tracking number 185D.

 

  • We are need of a placement for a 4 year old male.
  • He will require constant care and will be provided in home nursing care to assist the foster parent.
  • Tracking # SE3
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Rick Hensley at (918) 720-3910 or Richard Ledbetter at (918) 439-6450 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child using the ID Code SE3.

 

  •  We are in need of placement for an 11 year old female.
  • She has some mild behaviors.
  • She is very polite, enjoys making crafts, and has a positive outlook on life.
  • She wants to be a doctor or a hair dresser.
  • Tracking # 159D
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Emily Woods at (918) 348-4916 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking #159D.

 

  •  We are in need of placement for a 15 year old female.
  • She has moderate behaviors.
  • Tracking #155D
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Vanessa Burris at (580) 212-8651 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 155D.

 

  • 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

 

In Region V (Northeast Oklahoma):

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 4 year old male with mild behaviors.
  • Tracking #166E
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Amanda Damon at (918) 606-3107 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 166E.

 

  •  We are in urgent need of placement for a 5 month old female.
  • This child is part of the Cherokee Tribe, and in order to maintain the connection to her culture, we are searching for a Native American foster home.
  • Tracking # 126E
  • If you are already an approved Native American foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Amanda Damon at (918) 606-3107 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 126E.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 15 year old male with severe behaviors which will require a patient home.
  • Tracking # 71E
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Amanda Damon at (918) 606-3107 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 71E.

 

  •  We are in urgent need of placement for a 17 year old male.
  • He has moderate behaviors.
  • Tracking #96E
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Amanda Damon at (918) 606-3107 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 96E.
  • We are in urgent need of placement in or around Tulsa for a 6 year old male with moderate behaviors.
  • He would do best in a home which can provide lots of supervision and patience.
  • Tracking # 132E
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Amanda Damon at (918) 606-3107 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 132E.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for 15 and 7 year old brothers.
  • They have mild behaviors.
  • They are also very close and need to be placed together in a foster home.
  •  Tracking #107E
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Amanda Damon at (918) 606-3107 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 107E.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for an 11 year old male with moderate behaviors.
  • Tracking # NE2
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Amanda Damon at (918) 606-3107 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the ID Code NE2.

 

  •  We are in urgent need of permanent placement for a 13 year old male with mild behaviors.
  • Tracking #141E
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Amanda Damon at (918) 606-3107 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 141E.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 15 year old female and her 7 month old son.
  • Tracking #30E
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Amanda Damon at (918) 606-3107 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing these children with the tracking number 30E.

 

  • We are in urgent need of placement for a 15 year old male.
  •  He has moderate behaviors which will require extra patience.
  • Tracking #NE1
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Jacci Connell at (918) 244-0326 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the ID Code NE1.

 

  • We have a 9 year old male in need of a foster home.
  • He has some moderate medical needs which will require extra attention.
  • Tracking # 125E
  • If you are already an approved foster home within the state of Oklahoma, please contact Amanda Damon at (918) 606-3107 between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm referencing this child with the tracking number 125E.

 

  • 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

 

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

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

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

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

Foster Parent Liability Insurance

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
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Immediate Foster Homes Needed in Northeast Oklahoma

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 10 year old girl in need of a home
  • No  known medical issues.
  • no behavioral problems.
  • 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

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.

Dr. 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

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

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 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

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

 

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.