Oklahoma organizations urge Congress to act swiftly to address impacts on children and families caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Oklahoma organizations are among more than 570 national, state and local organizations that are urging Congress for emergency child welfare support to address the COVID-19 crisis. Read letter here.

CREOKS Health Services
EB Consulting
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness
parentPRO PAT-Great Plains

Oklahoma Human Services provides additional support to resource families

Oklahoma’s Director of Child Welfare Services writes to foster parents to announce additional support to assist families during the pandemic.

“During this incredibly difficult time, our thoughts have continually returned to the families we serve, including our wonderful resource families, and how we can best support you as you care for Oklahoma’s children. We know that schools being closed and children returning home full-time have dramatically impacted your lives and resources due to unexpected costs. For this reason and in a desire to offer supports that positively impact placement stability, Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) is excited to provide $250 per month, per child in OKDHS custody as emergency relief to your family for these unexpected expenses.”

Read letter here.

Oklahoma Human Services Issues Emergency Relief Payments to Foster Families

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) will begin issuing emergency relief payments to foster parents in early April. These payments, which will be paid monthly, per child, are meant to support foster families as they navigate the impact of unexpected expenses of caring for children full-time due to school closures.

“During this incredibly difficult and historic time, we are intentionally focusing on the families and children we serve and how to best support them,” said Director of Child Welfare Services, Dr. Deborah Shropshire.

Media release here.