If you would like to learn more about this program and support our gift drive, please go to okfosterwishes.org and request a wish list. If possible, ask if your place of work would like to take on one or more lists to help fulfill this program. Here are our key dates:
- Last day to request lists: 12/4
- Last day to drop your completed list off to a site: 12/8
- Last day to donate new, unwrapped toys to our warehouse in Oklahoma City: 12/20
- Last day to make a monetary donation online at okfosterwishes.org so we can complete a list: 12/24
This program is committed to maintaining a permanent connection for the child, so the foster family not only provides care for the child, but also acts as in a mentor role to the child’s birth family.
This approach to foster care is meant to best serve the child’s entire family. The foster families must 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.
An OK Foster family is a family who may be asked to:
- Provide temporary care, love, and nurturance to the child and serve as a mentor whose actively helping the parent improve their ability to safely care for their children
- Serve as the 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.
- To be willing to care for children through foster care, legal guardianship, or adoption.
- To provide a temporary home for children needing out of home care due to abuse or neglect. Foster families provide a safe and nurturing home and are committed to working with birth families to reunite children with parents.
- Adopt and provide a permanent placement option for children who have been in foster care. Children are legally free for adoption only after the court has terminated the parental rights.
- Adopt children who range in age from 0 to 21 and frequently are part of a sibling group that must remain together. More than half of the children in care are children of color. Some of these children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities ranging from mild to severe.
By OICA CEO Joe Dorman