Recruitment Letter (pdf)

Youth Services

For more than 40 years, Youth Services Agencies throughout Oklahoma have provided community based services such as counseling, shelter and other vital programs to children, youth and families in the child welfare system. We are proud to announce that many of our agencies are now offering Oklahoma Bridge Resource Family (Foster Care) recruitment and support services.

There are over 10,000 abused and neglected children in Oklahoma who need care and they need your help. Please consider becoming a foster parent today! For those who partner with us and become a part of our network, we ask that you embrace the following goals:

Every foster child deserves:

• A safe, comfortable place to live.
• Help with their educational needs and to participate in activities.
• Assistance throughout the adjustment process as a result of being removed from their home.
• Consistent, practical support and guidance.
• To be made a part of your family.

Biological parents deserve:
• Facilitated visitation with their children in foster care (if appropriate).
• To be shown appropriate parenting communication and behavior.
• Information about their child’s growth and development.

Your family deserves:

• Assistance in becoming certified.
• Training to help deal with any of your foster child’s challenges and to meet program requirements.
• Support to help you be a successful foster family.
• Reasonable compensation to cover the foster child’s basic needs.
You will be required to:
• Communicate any problems, child’s progress, or other issues that may arise.
• Be available for meetings and calls concerning the foster child or biological parents.
• Comply with all state regulations.

We pledge to help you meet these goals, by providing you with 24-hour support. Our support includes case management services designed to help you navigate the child welfare system, respite care to give you a break, and other coordinated programming to help your family be successful caring for and supporting the foster children in your home.
Of the 42 Designated Youth Services Agencies throughout Oklahoma, 17 are certified to provide foster care recruitment and support services. Please help Oklahoma’s most vulnerable population – our abused and neglected children. To become a foster family, please contact one of the following agencies in a county near you.

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Southwestern Youth Services 123 West Commerce Altus 580-482-2809
Northwest Family Services  620 Flynn Alva
580-327-2900
Community Children’s Center  15 Monroe NE  Ardmore
580-226-1838
Southwest Youth and Family Services  198 E. Almar Drive Chickasha
405-222-5437
Multi-County Youth Service Center  600 Avant Clinton
580-323-3322
Youth and Family Services  7565 E. Highway 66 El Reno
405-262-6555
Youth and Family Services of N. Central OK 605 West Oxford  Enid
580-233-7220
Logan Community  4710 S. Division  Guthrie
405-282-5524
 Panhandle Services for Children  216 NW 4th Street  Guymon
580-338-7082
 Great Plains Youth and Family Services  901 S. Broadway  Hobart
580-726-3383
 Choctaw/Pushmataha County Youth Services
101 W. Jefferson
 Hugo
580-326-3382
Kiamichi Youth Services  412 South Central Idabel
580-286-6671
 Youth Emergency Shelter  904 N. 9th Street  McAlester
918-423-8845
Northern OK Youth Service Center and Shelter  2203 N. Ash
Ponca City
580-762-8341
 McClain/Garvin County Youth and Family Center  118 S. 2nd Avenue Purcell
405-527-2424
Youth Services of Creek County  1025 East Grayson  Sapulpa
918-227-2622
Payne County Youth Services  2224 W. 12th Street  Stillwater
405-377-3380