Am I Eligible to be a Foster Parent?

  • Foster applicants may be married, single, legally separated, or divorced. If married, foster parents have to be married one year or more.
  • Foster parents do not have to own a home. In fact, many foster or adoptive parents rent their place of residence. Foster and adoptive families must have a stable income.
  • The foster home assessment and training is provided at no charge. The majority of adoption expenses are covered by the state. There are costs incurred in obtaining a physical. There may be upfront costs in ensuring that your home is ready to care for a child.
  • The minimum age is 21.
  • Completion of OKPRIDE – (Oklahoma Parent Resources for Information Development and Education), a 27 hr. pre-service training.
  • Licensed foster parents must complete 12 hours of continuing in-service training per calendar year after becoming licensed. Annual training will cover subjects that promote their skills and interests as providers.
  • Applicants must have the ability to love, understand, care for and accept a child to whom they did not give birth
  • 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 and each household member, 18 years of age or older, submits fingerprints for a state and national criminal history records search
  • Applicants must ensure that no household member has a prior conviction of any sexual offense
  • Applicants must have a working vehicle and a telephone
  • Applicant must be a legal resident
  • Foster families have the opportunity to determine their preference when making a decision regarding placement.  Oklahoma Fosters is child focused and our goal is to find families who will meet the needs of the children we have in custody.
  • It is our intent to support you in being as successful as possible. Some of the ways that we may support you include regular contact with agency staff, respite (as appropriate), ongoing training, support groups, child care for foster children, home visits, team meetings, phone consultation, and a formal process for sharing your concerns.
  • Foster parents talk to the birth families about how the child is doing in your home.
  • Foster parents support or model parenting for birth families during visits and interactions, your role may include teacher and/or mentor.
  • Foster parents find ways to make sure that the children and their families see one another and this type of contact is approved through the worker.
  • Foster parents help the child maintain connections to people who matter to them.
  • Foster parents have the option to invite the birth family in their home, if the relationship grows in that direction.
  • Foster parents can go to the birth family’s home, if the relationship grows in that direction.