September 05, 2012
Needed! Osage Foster and Adoptive Parents
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
That's what you can do as a Resource, Foster/Adoptive Parent for Osage Children who, by no fault of their own, are in out-of-home placements. Did you ever wonder why somebody didn't do something about that? Then you realized that you are that somebody! Osage Nation Social Services is recruiting resource parents for placement of Osage children who have been removed from their parents, family member or caregiver for any number of reasons. Examples of these are substance abuse, abuse & neglect, domestic violence and a parents inability to handle the stressors of being a parent.
To view an informational DVD that is filled with information about Osage Nation Foster Care and Adoption Programs and the process involved in becoming a resource family, go to the osagetribe.com/socialservices website and visit our Welcome page or Information page. After watching the DVD titled, "New Beginnings", you will probably have enough information to make your decision whether adoption or foster parenting is right for you and/or your family. If you are still not sure, attend Osage Nation PRIDE Resource Parent Training.
Our mission at Osage Nation Social Services is to protect children and adults from abuse and neglect while strengthening and preserving families. However, without the help of people like you, Osage Tribal members, and other Native Americans, these children often end up in the homes of complete strangers, leaving behind kin, culture, and heritage.
Save the Date for the next Osage Nation PRIDE Resource Parent Training
September 28, 29, 30, 2012
9 A.M to 6 P.M.
Wah Zha Zhi Cultural Center
1449 W. Main St. Pawhuska OK, 74056
The ON PRIDE Program is a resource for parents seeking to become foster and/or adoptive parents or a support for parents who are presently kinship parents. The goal of ON PRIDE is to share essential information for your development into a successful resource family.
The process includes education for all of us. We will help you learn the knowledge and skills you need to support you in your role as a kinship, foster or adoptive parent and to get you off to a good start. Participation in the ON PRIDE program will assist you in gaining the skills and the knowledge needed to meet the needs of children from the Child Welfare system.
This 27-hour training program will provide you with a great deal of helpful information to assist you in understanding and caring for children who have suffered abuse and neglect. As part of your process to become an approved kinship, foster or adoptive home, a family assessment, also known as a home study, will be completed on each family residing in Oklahoma at no cost. If you live out-of-state, we will help you find a reputable, experienced social worker in your area to complete your home study at a nominal fee to you.
If you are interested or need help deciding if foster care or adoption is something you are willing to do, and to obtain additional information please contact Jenny Rush-Buffalohead, Foster Care Specialist, or Rebecca Fish, Adoption Specialist at 800-460-4615.