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OKLAHOMA CITY -- There are 8,308 children in foster care with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS). There is a need for additional foster families all across the state and Governor Mary Fallin has designated May as Foster Care Month in Oklahoma.
In Cleveland County, 287 children are in OKDHS foster care. Foster families are called Bridge Resource Families and they help children and youth transition to new lives in safe, loving homes. The need for additional Bridge Families continues to grow, especially for teenagers, sibling groups and children with special medical or physical needs. Information about how to become a foster parent can be found on the OKDHS website.
All children deserve a home where they can feel secure. Families across Oklahoma have opened up their homes to children and youth in need, providing them with a safe environment and a foundation that will enable them to achieve a bright future. These families, along with OKDHS child welfare workers, Native American tribes and the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives work tirelessly to provide welcoming homes for these children and youth.
For additional information about the Bridge Resource Family foster care programs in Cleveland County, call the OKDHS Foster Care Unit in Moore at (405) 912-2000 or in Norman at (405) 573-8300.