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Requirements to become a foster parent in Oklahoma

Oklahoma DHS
Posted at 5:41 AM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-06 10:26:14-05

TULSA, Okla. — Following last week's story you saw only on 2 Works for You about the need of more families of color to foster in Tulsa County, we look into how you can become a foster parent.

According to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Have healthy relationships whether married, single or divorced
  • Be financially stable
  • Have a deep appreciation for children and families
  • Complete fingerprint-based criminal history background check
  • Have no history of alleged or confirmed child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse
  • Complete hours of training course
  • Be in good physical and mental health

Child welfare specialists say the application and background process usually takes about 90 days.

Once you are approved, you could foster anywhere from a few days to even years. The main goal is to reunite the child with their biological parents.

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