The general public hears and reads about the most heinous and shocking child abuse cases mentioned in the media. As terrible as these cases are, there are many more cases of child abuse and/or neglect that are unsettling. In 2021, there were 14,466 victims of child abuse in Oklahoma -these were only the cases that were reported.

Oklahoma's statute Title 10A (Children and Juvenile Code) states "When it is necessary to remove a child from a parent, the child is entitled to a permanent home and to be placed in the least restrictive environment to meet the needs of the child." Each one of our programs is designed to help a child feel as safe, cared for and normal as possible while they are away from their birth parents. This is the essence of Fostering Connections. 

April is child abuse prevention month. As a foster/adoptive parent to children who have been abused and/or neglected, I can’t stress enough what effects these traumatic events have on children.

Child abuse is 100% preventable.

OKDHS Child Abuse Hotline is 1-800-522-3511. If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, you are expected to report it. It is up to us to ensure the safety of Oklahoma's children.

Forever connecting hearts,
Chris Siemens
This month is dedicated to providing awareness and resources to protecting children from child abuse.

There are many ways to help combat this serious situation all year long.

A few simple ways to help include: Offering to help a parent who is overwhelmed. That eases the stress at home.

Be a listening ear to children every day.

Know and understand the signs of a child who might be in an abusive situation.

There are plenty of things you and your family can do to help prevent child abuse.

Click here for activities to do this month.
Right now, there are more than 7,000 children in foster care. All of them deserving of love, hope and basic necessities. We can make that happen if we work as a team.

Join us on May 7th for our annual Treasures of Tulsa scavenger hunt and auction!
Rhys Martin is the current President of the Oklahoma Route 66 Association and serves on the Tulsa Route 66 Commission. He is also an author, photographer and local historian.

Samantha Extance is the Destination Districts Manager for the Tulsa Planning Office and current chair of the Tulsa Route 66 Commission.

Did you know we travel to 6 counties every month, so families who don't live in Tulsa can still utilize our resources?
We just launched a brand new stop in Washington County!
We stop at every location from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and families can pick out outfits, shoes, socks, undies, toiletries, games, books and more.
You need to RSVP to shop on the bus. You can RSVP for your county & find out more information about our stops, here
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