Foster Care Services

Types Of Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Care is a specialized form of foster care that was designed especially for children and adolescents who have an identified emotional or behavioral condition which requires specialized care and treatment. Services for these children are coordinated by an alliance between professional treatment staff and foster families who have received specialized training in caring for children with special needs.

Through the TFC program children and adolescents receive:

Assessment Services

Individual and Family Therapy 

Group Skills Development

Activities Skill Development

 Crisis Support Psychiatric Services

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The goal of the TFC program is to return the child to a level of functioning which will either allow them to be transitioned into traditional foster care, be prepared for adoption, return to their biological home, or to transition successfully into adulthood.

The basic requirements for becoming a TFC home include the following:

 Parents must be 21 years of age or older

 Single or Married (marriage must be at least one year)

Successfully complete a thorough background check and home assessment

One parent must have a minimum of a High School Diploma

Both parents must attend all training

The benefits of becoming a TFC family include:

Helping a child and family in need

Reimbursement of $32.00 to $38.00 per day based on age and intensity of child’s care. (may be tax-free - please consult your accountant for complete details)

Professional training and support including 24 hour crisis support

Individuals and families interested in learning more about the TFC program may contact any OFFIBHS office or call our TOLL FREE NUMBER -1-800-275-6776

Bridge Resource Family ProvidersBridge 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.

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