Are you interested in foster care?
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS LIONS MEADOWS OF HOPE?
LMOH is a private, nonprofit foster care agency that is contracted with DHS. This means you’ll have all the benefits of Oklahoma, but as a LMOH foster parent, you will also have the support and resources of a local private agency.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF FOSTER CARE?
The ultimate goal is for the child to be reunified with their family. For this goal to be realized, we ask our foster parents to bridge with the bio-family in such a way that, with your support and encouragement, they become better parents. If this goal is unrealized, it is a possibility that you can adopt if you are willing/able.
WHY LIONS MEADOWS OF HOPE?
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)
- Daycare stipend
DO I GET TO CHOOSE THE AGES AND GENDERS OF THE CHILDREN?
Yes, you will be able to choose the ages and genders of the children you want to foster.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT FOSTER CARE
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.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS TO BECOME A CERTIFIED FOSTER PARENT?
Meet with us – Meet with either our Chief Executive Officer or 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 financial and house assessments.
Foster Parent Training – Bridge Resource Training is now offered as an online curriculum, giving you the freedom to complete training in the comfort of your own home!
Certified for Placement! Yay!
This process can take 60-90 days and we will be with you every step of the way.