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“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

Sibling Group In Need of Immediate Foster Home

October 28th, 2014

In Region II (Southwest Oklahoma) we have two male siblings, ages 13 and 15, who are in need of an immediate foster home. The 15-year-old has a medical condition that he participates in managing. He loves to watch movies and play video games. He is described as a sweet boy who loves to laugh. Both children are hyperactive and have medical conditions that require medication. The 13 year old is in the gifted and talented program at school. He enjoys playing basketball and is described as being fun.

If you are currently an approved foster home, please contact Haley McIeran between 8:00am and 9:00pm at 580-371-4000 and reference these children with tracking #26B.

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 27th, 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 there is a specific contact listed for every child below. Please keep calls between 8:00am and 9 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 a sibling set of 2 in need of a Foster Home
  • A 4 year old boy and his 2 year old sister.
  • The 4 year old occasionally has some mild behavioral issues which will require extra patience.
  • Tracking #62A
  • Contact: Melissa Spaulding at 405-332-1404

 

  • We have a 17 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He is described as a good kid who acts typically for his age.
  • Tracking #650
  • Contact: Amy Barnes at 580-761-4021

 

  • We have a 10 year old girl in need of a Foster Home
  • She does have come behaviors which will require frequent supervision.
  • Tracking #NW2
  • Contact: Eunice Bufford 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 have a 12 year old boy in need of a Foster Home.
  • He had moderate behavioral issues which will require a patient family.
  • We would like to keep this child close to Texas county.
  • Tracking #1144
  • Contact: Crystal Williams at 580-216-8054.

 

  • We have a sibling set of 2.
  • An 8 year old boy and his 6 year old sister.
  • The 6 year old is hyperactive and talkative, yet a very happy child.
  • The 8 year old has no behavioral issues.
  • Tracking #39A
  • Contact: Brandi Starr at 405-250-1365

 

  • 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 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

 

  •  We also have a 13 year old girl in need of a Foster Home
  • She will need a patient home who can provide constant supervision
  • ID Code: SW1
  • Contact: Lauren Allen at 580-222-4751

 

Region III (Central Oklahoma)

  • 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

 

  •  We have a sibling set of 2; an 11 year old girl and her 9 year old brother.
  • The children are well behaved and have no known medial issues.
  • ID Code C2
  • Contact: Stephanie Tice at 405-249-4751

In Region IV (Southeast Oklahoma):

  • We have a sibling set of 2 in need of a Foster Home.
  • A 7 year old boy and his 15month old sister.
  • Both children exhibit some mild behavioral issues which will require attention and patience.
  • Tracking #70D
  • Contact: Ladonna Hartin at 918-614-5031

 

  • We have an 8 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She has some mild behavioral issues which will require frequent supervision.
  • Tracking #71D
  • Contact: Jackie Zungura at 580-968-0707

 

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.

Immediate Foster Homes Needed in Northeast Oklahoma

October 23rd, 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, please contact Amanda Damon at 918-606-3107 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 16 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She is currently expecting a baby at the end of December 2014.
  • Tracking #60E

 

  • 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

 

  •  We have a 4 month old boy.
  • He has severe medical issues which will require involved management.
  • He will require a home that is smoke free.
  • Tracking #24E

 

  • We have a 4 year old boy.
  • He has exhibited severe behavioral issues in the past, but has recently been progressing.
  • Tracking #455

 

  • We have two sisters, 3 and 6 years old.
  • Neither child has behavioral or medical issues.
  • Tracking #14E

 

The following children do not have associated tracking numbers. These children will require a high level of care. They would be best served by a Therapeutic Foster Home.

  • A 10 year old boy.
    • He exhibits mild behavioral issues.
    • He will require a patient and calm environment.
    • ID Code: C10
  • A 4 year old boy.
    • He has exhibited severe aggressive behavior which will need to be monitored.
  • A 4 year old boy.
    • He exhibits behavioral issues which will require a patient family.
  • A sibling group.
    • 1 boy, 2 years old.
    • 1 girl, 4 years old.
    • The two year old has exhibited severe aggressive behavior toward others which will need to be monitored.
    • Both children will require frequent redirection.

 

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

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 Amy Ryan at 405-420-5294 between 8:00am and 9:00pm.

 

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; 6 and 10 years old.
  • Both boys are well behaved.
  • The younger brother does have some cognitive delays which will require some extra attention.
  • Tracking #11C

 

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 also have a 10 year old girl in this area in need of a Foster Home.
  • She has some developmental delays.
  • She also has some behavioral issues which will need to be monitored.
  • Tracking #21A
  • Contact: Amy Barnes at 580-362-5829

 

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

 

Region III (Central Oklahoma):

  • We have a 10 year old boy with moderate behavioral issues.
  • He will require strong supervision and a patient home.
  • Tracking #27C
  • Contact: Amy Ryan at 405-420-5294

 

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

 

  • We also have a 2 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She has some behavioral issues which will require a significant level of attention.
  • Tracking #527
  • 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.

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.

Cooking Safety Tips

October 15th, 2014

 Fire Prevention

  • Stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on your cooking
  • Wear short sleeves or close-fitting sleeves
  • Keep cooking surfaces clean to prevent food and grease buildup
  • Keep towels and pot holders away from hot surfaces
  • Store solvents  and flammable liquid away from heat source
  • Turn panhandles towards the back of the stove to prevent spills
  • Do not keep gasoline in the house
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and know how to use it
  • Have working smoke detectors in the home and test them monthly

 

 

Putting Out a Kitchen Fire

  • Call 911 immediately
  • Slide a pan lid over the flames to smother a grease or oil fire
  • Turn off heat and allow the pan to cool before moving it
  • Extinguish other food fires with baking soda
  • NEVER use flour or water on cooking fires
  • For oven or boiler fires, keep the door closed and turn off the heat

URGENT need for Foster Homes

October 15th, 2014

Across the state there are children who are in need of an immediate Foster Home. If you are already an approved Resource please call the contact listed for the child to whom you would like to provide care to.

 

Region I (Northwest Oklahoma)

  • We have a 10 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She has severe behavioral issues.
  • She has moderate medical issues which require frequent supervision.
  • Tracking #42A
  • Contact: Crystal Williams at 580-216-8054

 

Region II (Southwest Oklahoma)

  • We have a 6 year old girl in need of a Foster Home.
  • She has experienced severe trauma and her behavior is consistent with such.
  • Tracking #1098
  • Contact: Amanda Basden at 405-240-7371

 

  • We have a 16 year old in need of a Foster Home.
  • She has severe behavioral issues.
  • She has some minor medical issues.
  • Tracking #70B
  • Contact: Jan Adkins at 405-200-9238

 

Region IV (Southeastern Oklahoma)

  • A sibling set of 3
  • A 6 year old girl and her brothers, 5 and 1 years old
  • The children are all well behaved and have no medical issues.
  • Tracking #60D
  • Contact: Robyn Riggle at 580-235-5730

 

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