What is Foster Care?

Foster care is a temporary living situation for children placed in State custody. Children in foster care have been removed from their parents because they are unsafe, abused or neglected or their parents are unable to care for them.

Children in foster care may be placed with a kinship (relative or non-relative) or a foster family because they or their families are going through a crisis. Foster families provide a safe and nurturing home and are committed to working with birth families to reunite children with parents, when possible.

You can learn more about the purpose of foster care in the Oklahoma State Policy 340:75:7-2. Purpose, legal basis, and definitions related to foster care.

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