In Oklahoma, as in all 50 of the United States, more licensed foster homes are desperately needed. Because children need families, not institutions, all emergency juvenile shelters in Oklahoma are being closed permanently. This can’t happen, however, until all the children have found homes. It has been particularly difficult for the state to find homes for children with special needs. Foster parents and hopeful foster parents need to learn that children in foster care who have special needs will receive guidance, education, and support from the state. There is financial help available, as well as counseling and direction on how to care for the children with special needs.
The closed shelters will be repurposed to help children who are in crisis. The state has not yet created a time frame for the change.
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