In Tulsa County alone there are over 1,000 children in out-of-home care. These children are in need of nurturing home until they can return to their biological family. You can play a vital role as part of a professional team of Nightlight Staff, state caseworkers, and biological families to see these families restored.
While the goal of our foster care program is to see children reunified with their biological families, reunification is not always possible. When biological parents have their parental rights terminated, the child’s foster parents are often considered first for a permanent placement. Our program is looking for parents who will champion reunification until it is no longer an option.
ADOPTING YOUR FOSTER CHILDREN
The State of Oklahoma does not have an actual foster to adopt program, however, Nightlight can help you adopt older children. We facilitate matches through Nightlight’s Adoption Bridge, AdoptUS Kids, and the Oklahoma Heart Gallery. These are children in foster care who are legally free for adoption. This process is for parents who want to adopt children in foster care who are eligible for adoption.
ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE
We believe that foster care is a powerful way to care for families near you. As you consider becoming a foster parent in Oklahoma, it is important to have accurate expectations.
Foster parents should have realistic expectations of the children they will be welcoming into their home. Each child is unique and each will bring with them experiences from their past and present.
Foster parents should know that one of the best things they can do is support a child’s connection to their biological parents. This is a powerful way to care for the child in your home.
Seeing foster children leave your home and care can be heartbreaking. Reunification with their biological family is one way to measure success as a foster parent.
Having Nightlight help us work with the state foster care program was invaluable! The training they provided and support they continue to provide helped us meet the particular children placed into our care. We want to be the best we can be for these kids and Nightlight is helping us understand them and love them.