What You Need to Know About Becoming a Bridge Kinship Resource

Before you are approved:

  • A child welfare specialist will visit you in your home to complete an initial assessment
  • Children may be placed in your home, but you will not receive a monthly maintenance payment until you are approved as a Bridge Kinship Resource with the following requirements being met:
    • A contract has been signed by the resource parents
    • DHS-approved training has been completed
    • Fingerprint results have been received and reviewed
    • The Family Assessment has been approved and signed by the supervisor
  • If you are related by blood to the children placed in your home, you may apply for financial assistance at your local DHS office.
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families — Child Only
    • Food benefits (based on household income)
    • Please apply immediately if you so choose.
  • Paid child care is available if all adults are employed outside the home at least 20 hours per week
  • Children placed in your home may be eligible for a start-up clothing voucher
  • Once children are placed in the custody of the State of Oklahoma, they are eligible to receive Medicaid benefits
  • The child welfare specialist will provide the Medicaid information to you at the time of placement or as soon as possible. The medical number for the child can also be found in the Child’s Passport.

During the approval process

  • A contractor will complete an in-depth assessment with you and your family that will include at least two (possibly more) home visits
  • You are encouraged to become the child’s payee if the child placed in your home is receiving Social Security benefits, but you are not eligible to receive the Social Security benefits and the monthly maintenance payment at the same time
  • State and federal laws, as well as DHS, require that all adult household members providing care for children must complete pre-service training
  • A $375 training stipend is available when you are enrolled in training
  • A $375 training stipend is available when you complete training
  • Children must be placed in your home to be eligible to receive the training stipends
  • A one-time start-up stipend will be available that is equivalent to the monthly maintenance payment per the age of the child
  • Paid child care continues to be available if all adults are employed outside the home at least 20 hours per week A child welfare specialist will visit with you and the children placed in your home at least once a month
  • It is the right of the children placed in your home to visit their parents and other family members

After you are approved:

  • A monthly maintenance payment, based upon the age of the child, will begin when your home as been approved which means the following has occurred:
    • A contract has been signed by the resource parents
    • Pre-service training has been completed
    • Fingerprint results have been received and reviewed
    • The Family Assessment has been approved and signed by the supervisor
  • If you are receiving Child Only TANF benefits, you must notify your TANF worker immediately when you become an approved Bridge Kinship Resource in order that the benefits can be canceled
  • You are not eligible to receive TANF and the monthly maintenance payment at the same time
  • Your monthly maintenance payment should be received around the 15th of each month and no later than the 20th, and is for the prior month’s care of the child
  • You may choose not to accept the monthly maintenance payment, but all requirements necessary to approve your home must still be met
  • Paid child care continues to be available
  • All health care (medical, dental and vision) and counseling services for children in DHS custody continues to be available
  • Over-the-counter and non-prescription items are your responsibility
  • Bridge Kinship Resource families must complete twelve hours of in-service training each calendar year and provide verification of the training received to their resource specialist
  • Contact your resource specialist if you have questions regarding your resource home or have additional questions and cannot reach the children’s child welfare specialist
  • Contact your children’s child welfare specialist if you have questions regarding the children placed in your home

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