With its beginnings in 1938 as the IOA Youth Ranch, the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch has a long history and tradition of turning young lives around.
The 160 acres that make up the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch was given for its present purpose by the descendants of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Main, who held it from the opening in 1891. A son, Francis Main, is said to have received inspiration for the project in remedial family living from hearing Cal Farley of Amarillo talk about his project. Francis and his sister, Mrs. Lois Main Donnelley, remembered hearing their parents express a wish to be of help to children. They felt that in donating land for the youth ranch they were following that parental desire.
Our past experience has brought us to where we are today and allows us to move forward with great success. To understand some of our history, we’ve created a video that we’d like you to see.
Local support! We have been in Payne County for over 65 years serving children from hard places. We wrap our families with support from our community and so much more. We also provide the following:
- TBRI trained Foster Care Resource Specialist with small caseloads who provide individual support
- Trainings & opportunities to meet other foster parents from Stillwater, Perkins, Cushing, Yale, and other surrounding areas
- Connection to a therapist with TBRI training
- Access to donations
- Volunteers that are trained and ready to help
- Initial Placement stipend
- Extracurricular stipend
- Respite care or babysitting stipend ($40/foster child)
Time Frame – Placements can last anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple years. Every case is different.
Stipend – You will receive a monthly reimbursement from the state that will assist with expenses related to caring for a child.
Insurance – DHS covers the cost of insurance for all medical, dental, and therapeutic needs.
Daycare – If foster parent(s) work more than 20 hours a week, DHS covers the cost of an approved daycare.
Meet with us – Meet with our Director of Foster Care to discuss what LMOH has to offer and to answer any questions.
Fill Out an Application Packet – This includes permission to perform background checks.
Begin the Assessment Process – One of our staff will contact you to schedule and complete the Home Study and house assessments.
Foster Parent Training – We can provide individual in person training based on the applicants schedule, or they can complete the training online at their own pace.
Certified for Placement! Yay!
This process can take 60-90 days and we will be with you every step of the way.
To speak with someone about beginning your foster journey click here.