DHS is responsible for ensuring transportation for children in out-of-home care who are in need of medical services not available in the community of placement. Resource parents are responsible for transportation to routine medical appointments, meeting the child’s medical, educational and recreational needs, and providing non- prescription medical and other maintenance supplies.

Resource parents providing care for a child in DHS custody are now eligible for reimbursement for three trips per child per month in the following circumstances:

The Child Welfare worker would be required to provide transportation for a child if not provided by resource parents including, but not limited to:

  • Visits with parents
  • Visits with siblings
  • Court hearings
  • Medical, mental health, dental or vision appointments when not available in the community
  • The round-trip mileage for the single event is in excess of 25 miles

When a child in out-of-home care needs excessive transportation to medical or counseling appointments, the child’s child welfare specialist may wish to consider requesting a Difficulty of Care payment to offset the resource parents’ expense.

Another option is SoonerRide. SoonerRide is available through the OHCA and is designed for people without adequate transportation to medically necessary appointments. SoonerRide does not handle emergency transportation. In case of an emergency, call 911. To make a reservation, you must call at least three business days before your trip is needed (exceptions may be made for some urgent medical needs). Call SoonerRide Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1-877-404-4500 for more information or to make an appointment.

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