Talk To Our Foster Care Recruiter and Outreach Coordinator
Simyra Cooper, 405-609-8931, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact phone numbers
Midge Woodard, Director of Foster Care
Amy Barker, Foster Care Case Manager
Simyra Cooper, Foster Care Certification and Outreach Coordinator
Requirements to Become A Sunbeam Family Services Foster Parent
- Have healthy relationships whether married, single, separated or divorced;
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- Must ensure that the child will not be around smokers
- Have the ability to manage personal and household financial needs without relying on the foster care reimbursement
- Fulfill the OKDHS policy on background investigations for all household members 13 years and older by completion of criminal history background checks
- Have no history of alleged or confirmed child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse
- Have a working vehicle and cell phone
- Provide appropriate sleeping arrangements for each child placed
- Be in good physical and mental health and able to pay for annual physical exam
- Provide references
- Complete all required training in a timely manner; not smoke in the home or automobile when the child is present
- Comply with OKDHS rules on discipline
- Be able to work as part of a team with social workers and biological parents.
Amanda Morstad became a foster parent years ago through a kinship placement. She kept that experience on her heart and when she and her husband Aaron married and saw a Facebook post about the need for foster parents, they felt it was time as a couple to become foster parents.
Since, the family has fostered 10 children. Today the Morstads are fostering three children ages two months, 6 and 9, in addition to raising their own children, ages 5, 6, and 16.
“I’m a natural helper and it’s what I’m passionate about,” Amanda said. “You learn how to work through the struggles with fostering, you learn why children have certain behaviors as a result of what they’ve experienced, but Sunbeam is there to talk you through it; even if you have a day where you just need to vent.”
The Morstads have helped to recruit four families to foster through Sunbeam and have more that are interested.
“We share with our friends about the impact of fostering,” Amanda said. “I hear sometimes from people how they don’t think they could do it because when the child leaves, it would hurt. I say that you have to take into consideration that you are impacting a life, modeling, for the time the child is in your home, what a mom and dad and family looks like and can be like.
“The impact you have is worth the hurt,” she said.