Integration of DHS Foster Care and Adoption

Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare services is reorganizing and merging Foster Care and Adoption to streamline processes and better serve children and families. Foster Care and Adoption will no longer operate separately. The goal is to have one resource worker who will provide support to the family regardless of whether they are relative/kinship, foster, adoptive, or a combination of these. We hope to have this reorganization complete by Oct. 1, 2016.

The Benefits

  • Families will experience a smoother process and less paperwork.
  • Families will only complete one approval process. Families approved for adoption are approved for foster care and vice versa.
  • Families will have a single point of contact for clear communication and less confusion.

To Learn More

Each month an update about the progress of the integration will be posted to the news section of We encourage families to regularly check this site for information about foster care and adoption.

If you have any questions, we encourage you to talk with your current worker. You are a valuable member of our team and we want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during this transition.

UPDATE: October 24, 2016

Foster Care and Adoption programs were successfully integrated on October 3, 2016. This means some foster and adoptive parents will have a new DHS Resource Worker. You should meet your new worker by the end of October. If you have any questions, please contact your current worker or the Foster Care and Adoption Support Center at 1-800-376-9729