Bridge Resource Family Providers

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:

  • 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.
Requirements to Become a Bridge Resource Parent
  • 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