Out-of-Home Care – Bridge Resource Parent

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On any given day, there are thousands of children in out-of-home care, which includes foster care. Resource families take on one of the greatest challenges our society generates, in that they are providing care for children who have been placed in out-of-home care.

As you learned in the Welcome Section of this handbook, becoming a Bridge resource parent for the State of Oklahoma means you are not only caring for children placed in your home, but also you are actively helping their parents as well in improving their ability to safely care for their children. Equally important is the fact you are maintaining a child’s connection to his or her kin, culture and community.

There are some basic differences between Bridge traditional resources and Bridge kinship resources. Traditional resource parents provide care and nurturing to children by taking them into their homes for a limited or a more long-term period of time, without knowing the children or their families beforehand. Kinship resources are defined by a relationship with the child and/or the child’s family that precedes the child’s need for out-of-home care. In both instances, traditional or kinship, individuals apply to DHS or a Bridge Resource partner agency to become resource parents. If you are providing kinship care for the children placed in your home, the Bridge Kinship Resources Section of this handbook contains information pertinent to just kinship care.

As a Bridge resource parent, traditional or kinship, the following four things must occur before your home is fully approved:

  • An approved family assessment (home study)
  • Fingerprint results for all individuals 18 years or older
  • Completion of DHS-approved pre-service training
  • Signed contract

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