Sunbeam Fosters Hope

On average, 6,662 children are in Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKHDS) custody throughout Oklahoma and are in need of safe, loving homes where they can grow and thrive. Since Oklahoma City no longer has overnight shelters, the child welfare system relies on quality foster homes to provide shelter and a support system to children in foster care. 
 
Dr. Deb Shropshire, director of Child Welfare Services for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and Sunbeam’s own Destyni Trayler, senior program director, discuss the current challenges our state’s foster care system faces and how metro families can help by becoming foster families or supporting foster families. More foster families are needed to increase the state’s capacity to match children with the right foster families and build networks of support.
 

Sunbeam Fosters Safe & Loving Homes

Sunbeam is a traditional foster care agency providing temporary care and supportive services in a home environment for children in OKDHS custody. Sunbeam works to improve the safety, well-being, and permanency of children from birth to 18 years of age by recruiting and training new foster parents as one of the 15 private foster care agencies in Oklahoma.

 

While OKDHS works with biological parents on a pathway to reunification, Sunbeam provides ongoing support to families through 24/7 case management, training, and connection to resources. A significant number of children who enter the child welfare system have experienced trauma that can lead to ongoing issues with social, cognitive, emotional and behavioral well-being. For this reason, all children in Sunbeam’s foster care program receive priority placement and services from its early childhood services and mental health programs.  

 

Sunbeam provides children in new placement with items from its basic needs pantry such as clothing and hygiene items. Throughout the placement, Sunbeam staff monitors placement stability, attends court hearings, and ensures the overall success of the child in foster care.

 

For more information about fostering with Sunbeam, click here, email fostercare@sunbeamfamilyservices.org or call (405) 609-8931.