OKLAHOMA CAPITOL -- The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is offering a new solicitation process to form private partnerships for the recruitment, support, and retention of foster homes. OKDHS must have an adequate number of foster families to keep up with the rising number of children coming into the foster care system. OKDHS alone has not been able to meet this need but plans to change that as part of the Oklahoma Pinnacle Plan, the improvement plan for the state’s foster care system.
The goal is for OKDHS to provide directly or through private contract providers, a seamless customer service experience by providing one point of contact for the entire process of becoming a foster family. This includes recruitment, assessment, training, and ongoing support of each family. This point of contact will support families as they interact with OKDHS throughout the approval process, during placement and care of children in their homes, and in understanding the child welfare system.
If you are interested in partnering with OKDHS through the recruitment, support and retention of foster parents, follow this link to the solicitation currently posted on the Department of Central Services website: https://www.ok.gov/dcs/solicit/app/solicitationDetail.php?solID=692
If you are interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please visit the OKDHS Bridge Family Resource Center at www.okbridgefamilies.com.