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.