Programs & Services
Bridge Resource Family Providers
What is the Bridge Concept?
A Bridge Resource Family is a relatively new term being used for what was once called traditional foster care. The new name reflects the direction of a family providing more than just foster care to a child. This approach views foster care as a service provided to the child’s entire family. The program seeks to provide a placement resource for the child as well as helping the child maintain family and community connections when possible. The resource family will meet both foster and adoptive program criteria; come from the same community as the child; and be willing to accept and agree to visitation and other types of contact with siblings, extended family, and other important people in the child’s life.
A Bridge Resource Family is a family who may be asked to:
Requirements to Become a Bridge Resource Parent
- Provide temporary care, love and nurturance to the child and serve as a mentor – actively helping the parent improve their ability to safely care for their children – while assisting in the transition to reunification, legal guardianship, or adoption to another family and maintaining the child’s connection to kin, culture and community.
- Serve as legal guardian for the child while maintaining the child’s connection to kin, culture and community.
- Adopt the child while maintaining the child’s connection to kin, culture and community.
- Applicants must have the ability to love, understand, care for and accept a child to whom they did not give birth.
- Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and preferably no more than 55 years older than the child considered for placement.
- Applicants may be married, single, legally separated, or divorced; if married, be married one year or more.
- Applicants must be in good physical and mental health to provide for the needs of the child.
- Applicants must have sufficient income to meet current expenses.
- Applicant must be able to provide sufficient beds and bedrooms for additional children.
- Applicants must submit to a search of all OKDHS records, including Child Welfare records.
- Applicants must ensure that no household member has a prior conviction of any sexual offense.
- Applicants must have a working vehicle and a telephone.
- Applicants must attend 27 hrs. of Pre-Service Training.
- Applicant must be a legal resident
- Applicants and each household member, 18 years of age or older, submits fingerprints for a state and national criminal history records search.
For more information on the Bridge Resource Family please visit www.BridgeFamilies.com