Oklahoma foster care and adoption guidelines

Thank you for considering becoming a foster and adoptive parent. Your desire to share your love and your life with a child will create permanency for children that will last a lifetime. Please feel free to contact Oklahoma Department of Human Services for more information regarding foster care and adoption in Oklahoma.

Phone: 800-376-9729

Website: Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Also see information about becoming a foster parent or therapeutic foster care provider at the Oklahoma Fosters website.

Things you should know

Licensing requirements for foster or adoption

Basic requirements include:

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must be in reasonably good health.
  • You can be single, married, divorced or widowed.
  • You must have or provide sufficient beds and space for personal items for additional children.
  • You must be able to manage your income to meet the financial needs of your family.
  • You must be capable of understanding, loving and accepting a child. Your role is to provide protection and nurturance to the child/children placed in your care and to act as a role model.
  • If you have a spouse or partner, he or she is also required to participate in the home assessment process and to attend the27-hour orientation session with you.

You must complete a home assessment, which includes:

  • Completion of OKDHS forms and application
  • Reference checks
  • Background checks
  • Medical examination report
  • Fingerprinting
  • Family assessment, including interviews with all family members;
  • Completion of 27-hour resource family orientation
  • House safety assessment
  • Verification of income sufficient to meet your needs
  • Verification of vaccination for pets
  • Automobile insurance verification

Costs to foster and adopt

It is always free to adopt or foster.

Parent support groups

One Church, One Child Family Ties Support Group
Contact: Annie Parker
Child Development Center-Metro Technology Center
Phone: 800-865-0225
Address: 3129 Martin Luther King Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Oklahoma Therapeutic Foster Parent Association
Contact: Laura Boyd
Phone: 405-503-1123
Address: 2801 Castlewood Drive, Norman, OK 73072

Agency contact and orientation information

In addition to State Department of Human Resources, the following private agencies have programs and services for children in need of a permanent home. They work with many situations, including private adoption and adopting a child from foster care. They welcome you to contact them or view their website for additional information.

Child Study Center
Phone: 405-271-5700
Address: 1100 NE 13th, Oklahoma City, OK 73117

The Children's Center
Phone: 405-440-9866
Address: 6800 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008

National Resource Center for Youth Services
Phone: 918-660-3700
Address: 4502 E 41st Street, Tulsa, OK 74135-2553

JD McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities
Phone: 800-777-1272
Address: 2002 E Robinson Street, Norman, OK 73071

Oklahoma CASA Association
Phone: 405-524-8999
Address: PO Box 54946, Oklahoma City, OK 73154

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Phone: 405-236-5437
Address: 3800 N Classen Blvd, Suite 230, Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Oklahoma Family Network (OFN)
Phone: 405-203-8745
Mailing Address: PO Box 21072, Oklahoma City, OK 73156-1072

Private adoption agencies

Adoption Choices of Oklahoma
Phone: 405-794-7500
Address: 201 N Broadway, Suite 107, Moore, OK 73160

Crisis Pregnancy Outreach
Phone: 918-296-3377
Address: PO Box 1113 Jenks, OK 74037

Deaconess Adoption Services
Phone: 405-949-4200
Address: 7101 NW Expressway, Suite 325, Oklahoma City, OK 73132

Dillon International, Inc.
Phone: 918-749-4600
Address: 3227 East 31st Street, Suite 200, Tulsa OK 74105

Eastern Oklahoma Youth Services
Phone: 918-420-5325
Address: 2626 S 14th Street, Suite A-20, McAlester, OK 74501

Nightlight Christian Adoptions
Phone: 918-491-6767
5110 S. Yale Avenue, Suite 525, Tulsa, OK 74135

Phone: 405-216-5240
Address: 501 E 15th Street, #500, Edmond, OK 73013

Oklahoma Baptist Home for Children
Phone: 405-691-7781
Address: 16301 S Western, Oklahoma City, OK 73170

Information on Oklahoma's children

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has 9,000 children in out-of-home care. We are looking for adoptive families for approximately 500 children.

Children come into the care of the State child welfare system due to abuse or neglect. Many are sibling groups and are from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Some of the children are already legally free for adoption. Others are not.