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Our Mission is to improve the lives of Oklahoma's foster and adoptive children by empowering child advocates through support, training, and communication.

Purpose & Objectives

  1. To encourage the recruitment, retention, training and professional treatment of foster and adoptive families in Oklahoma.
  2. To help foster and adoptive parents and other concerned citizens work to improve services for foster and adopted children in Oklahoma.
  3. To assist, support and promote cooperation among foster care and adoption professionals, child welfare staff, service providers, volunteers, and juvenile justice staff in Oklahoma.
  4. To promote a clear, balanced and accurate understanding of the foster care and adoption systems in Oklahoma.

    FCAO Needs You!!!
    FCAO needs the participation of every foster adoptive parent, social worker, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Post Adjudication Review Board member, teacher, counselor, other allied professional, and concerned citizen who serves children in Oklahoma. You do not need to contribute a great deal of time to the organization to make a difference. You may volunteer to serve on a committee, submit a news clipping or article for our newsletter, or simply share information and tips to other FCAO members like yourself! Contact FCAO: FCAO 2934 SW 6 Newcastle OK 73065 (405) 387-5052

    FCAO was incorporated April 3, 1996 as a non-profit corporation

We would like to thank Saint Francis Community Services for sponsoring the great work we are doing at FCAO.  Our sponsors and partners help us support foster and adoptive parents. Learn more about these great organizations here.

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Dear Oklahoma Resource Families and Advocates, to all of our membership, old and new, I welcome you to help us experience another great year with The Foster Care Association of Oklahoma.....

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Adoption Tax Credit Questions and Answers

2013

http://adoptiontaxcredit.org/faqs/

2014 NFPA Annual Education Conference

Launching Tomorrow's Dreams Today

The NFPA 44th Annual Education Conference will be taking place June 6-9, 2014 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida!

National Foster Parent Association

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LIABILITY INSURANCE CARRIER CHANGE

Please note the change in liability insurance carrier for OKDHS homes. Even though this is not available for TFC and contracted homes, many TFC homes are dually certified. Losses due to children placed in these resources would be eligible for claims.

RESOURCE PARENT LIABILITY INSURANCE PROVIDER
... Contact Us
Home Office:
James River Insurance Company
6641 West Broad Street, Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23230
Mail:
James River Insurance Company
PO Box 27648
Richmond, VA 23261-7648
Main Phone Number: (804) 289-2700
Fax Numbers:
Claims Notices - (804) 420-1058
Loss Runs - (804) 549-5095
Marketing - (804) 549-5087
Email:
Claims - new.claimsnotices@jamesriverin s.com
Loss Runs - lossruns@jamesriverins.com
General Information - info@jamesriverins.com

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For quick updates and information you can now find FCAO on Facebook and Twitter!

It's also a great way to NETWORK with other resource parents


Do you know other Resource Families? FCAO needs to find them. Because of privacy concerns we are unable to get a comprehensive list of foster and adoptive parents across our state to let them know more about our association. So we need your help, please take a few minutes to invite your friends who are foster and/or adoptive parents to join our Facebook group. Invite friends to our Group. FACO thanks so much for your help.

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OK Foster Wishes

Although not everyone is called to foster or adopt a child from foster care, everyone feels the calling to serve the orphan. OK Foster Wishes shows people ways that they can get involved with a foster child without the commitment of becoming a foster family. Most people don't know that there are many ways to help a child in foster care like tutoring, buying a gift, or just taking them to the zoo for the day.

 

 

 


Join us for Capitol Day 2014.  It will take place Tuesday May 6th and we will have speakers and presentations in the Governer's Blue Room and information booths on the second floor rotunda.

We encourage all Bridge Resource families, OKDHS staff, foster care advocates, and service providing agencies to attend.  Children are always welcome too!   This is a time for resource families to let our legislators know the importance of foster care and adoption, and to get to know the services and support we have available in Oklahoma.  Please wear blue or a blue ribbon in support of National Foster Care Month.  Contact us with any questions.

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Did you know that you could apply for your child to have a mentor through Citizens Caring for Children as long as you live in the following counties: Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan, Oklahoma and Pottawatomie? Please see this flyer for more information, or view the application here.

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Angels in Adoption 2013 Award

Dr. Arnold is being honored for adopting three children as a single mom while finishing medical school and starting residency in OBGYN at OU.

In 2003, Kate Arnold volunteered at a San Francisco Bay Area home for teenage mothers. While volunteering, Kate met Miriam, a mother to two boys. Over the course of years Kate developed a relationship with Miriam, her boys, and a daughter born during that time. Kate became a constant presence in their lives, frequently taking the children out for the day or overnight. In March of 2011, Child Protective Services removed Miriam’s children. In October of that year, a social worker asked her to name who her children should go to if she lost them permanently. Miriam named Kate.At the time Kate was attending Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) in Washington, D.C. However, she immediately petitioned Georgetown for the ability to complete her fourth year of medical school in California so that she could become the children’s foster parent and begin adoption proceedings. In July 2012, Kate returned to California and by August the children were living with her. This year she graduated from GUMC and the family moved to Oklahoma City, OK, so Kate could begin her residency at the University of Oklahoma.Kate reflects the goals of CCAI’s adoption and foster care work, not only in her decision to foster and adopt but also through her years of prior work and commitment to her surrounding communities, in particular the foster care community. Kate’s dedication to her community began in high school and continued during both her undergraduate and medical school years volunteering in both Palo Alto, CA, and Washington, DC, for foster care organizations. Kate is a great example of what one person can do to lift those around her and we believe she will continue to do so.The Angels in Adoption™ program is CCAI’s signature public awareness campaign and provides an opportunity for all members of the U.S. Congress to honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of foster children and orphans in the United States and abroad. Each year, more than 140 Angels are honored through the Angels in Adoption™ program."The Angels in Adoption™ program is unlike any other program in the Nation’s Capital. Because of it, almost 2,000 "Angels’ have come to share with Washington their adoption experience and left with a renewed excitement of all that adoption makes possible," said Kathleen Strottman.  "I learned one simple lesson from my time on Capitol Hill, knowledge is power.  Angels in Adoption™ is meant to give Members of Congress the knowledge they need to use the power they have toward making the dream of a family a reality for every child."  In addition to the more than 140 local angels from around the country, several "National Angels" will also be recognized at the ceremony and gala for their dedication and commitment nationally and internationally to child welfare on a grand scale.  This year’s honorees are Korie and Willie Robertson of the popular A&E reality show Duck Dynasty and internationally acclaimed actress, director and producer Deborra-Lee Furness Jackman. Former National Angels include First Lady Laura Bush, Patti LaBelle, Jane Seymour, Muhammad Ali, the late Dave Thomas, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bruce Willis, Alonzo Mourning, Rhea Perlman and Kristin Chenoweth. The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a 501(c)3 nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the tens of thousands of orphans and foster children in the United States and the millions of orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes through adoption. CCAI’s goal is the elimination of the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic right of a family.  CCAI was created in 2001 by the active co-chairs of the bicameral, bipartisan Congressional Coalition on Adoption to more effectively raise Congressional and public awareness about adoption.  The Angels in Adoption™ program was established in 1999 as a Congressional press conference to honor outstanding individuals. Since then, the program has developed into a yearlong public awareness campaign culminating in an extraordinary awards gala and celebration in Washington, DC. 

CCAI does not receive any government funding and relies on the generous support of foundations, corporations, and individuals to accomplish their mission. For more information, visit

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FCAO

Email address

fcaoboard@gmail.com

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Interested in becoming a foster parent in Oklahoma? 

on the link below to find out what to do.

Foster Care

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FCAO provides car seats to local offices and Tulsa Shelter

Kinship Bridge grant