Q: As a foster parent can I interact with and/or meet the child’s biological family?
A: Yes, if beneficial to the child’s wellbeing and overall health and well being, you are encouraged to create and maintain a relationship/mentorship with the biological family.
Q: Is it ok as a foster parent to invite the biological family into my home or to visit their home?
A: Yes, you are welcome to if you feel it is appropriate and healthy for the child, but you are not required to do so.
Q: Are there any costs associated with the certification process to be a foster parent?
A: The home study and trainings are free. However there may be some costs in preparing your home for foster child/children or in things such as physical exams for each person in your home 18 years or older.
Q: Do I have to have a separate source of income outside of foster care reimbursement?
A: Yes, foster care reimbursement should be funds that aid you in supplying the needs of the foster children in your care, not generally to supply payment for daily household expenses.
Q: Is there financial help available for foster families?
A: Yes, foster parents are given a monthly stipend each month to defray the cost for caring for each child they foster.
Q: Do my foster children have medical insurance?
A: Yes, each child has coverage through Medicaid-SoonerCare for foster care children in custody of DHS.
Q: Can I work outside of my home?
A: Yes, provided that your work will not make caring for children too difficult for you. Childcare help may also be available from DHS.
Q: Can I be a foster parent if I already have biological children in my home?
A: Yes, Families who have experience parenting are a great support for waiting children.
Q: Are there health requirements for foster parents?
A: DHS does require physical examinations from a doctor for the applicants and adults in the household. However this does not mean that you or your family members have to be in perfect physical condition to qualify.