Site Visit Report: Bridge to the Future
Child Welfare Information Gateway
In 2008, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS), in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma's Center for Public Management (OUCPM), initiated the Bridge to the Future project. It was funded as one the Children's Bureau's eight 5-year grants in its Diligent Recruitment of Families for Children in the Foster Care System grant cluster. Project efforts targeted improved outcomes for children statewide by designing, implementing, and evaluating innovative recruitment and retention strategies for foster/adoptive parents. To support these efforts, partnerships were established with the OKDHS, Office of Volunteerism, Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, Project 1-1-1, and the Oklahoma Tribal community. The OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics served as the project evaluator.
Oklahoma; interagency collaboration; foster parent recruitment; adoptive parents; foster parent retention; partnerships; faith based programs