Oklahoma State Information
In Oklahoma, approximately over 72,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 39,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them. More than half of kinship care families in Oklahoma are considered to be low income households.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has a systematic method for placing a child in kinship care. Through this method of placement, it is determined that the kinship placement is in the best interest of the child. The placement method also works to ensure that the relative or emotionally connected friend is fit in all aspects to be the legal guardian of the child. Oklahoma does offer a money payment, different from the foster care payment, for kinship care families. This money payment is specific to kinship care families, and is set apart from other financial assistance; such as, TANF, SSI or SSA.
Oklahoma offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for kinship care families. Through the state funded programs many children have been placed with relatives, which prevent their entrance into the foster system. The state is in need of advocacy and support from private organizations.
By the Numbers
- Over 72,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
- Over 39,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.