Foster Care / Adoption FAQ's

What are the requirements to be a foster care resource?

  • You or your spouse must be an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation.
  • You can be single or married
  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • You must have the emotional, physical, and financial abilities to provide for a child’s needs
  • You must submit to a search of all state and national criminal history records
  • You must ensure that no household member has a prior conviction of a sexual offense.
  • You must attend pre-service training
  • You must ensure that no household member has confirmed child welfare history.
  • You must provide information for a family assessment (home study) 

What is the certification process to be a foster home?

The Certification Process varies according to where foster parents live: Inside the Choctaw Tribe's 10 1/2 county service area; outside the service area, but in Oklahoma; and outside Oklahoma.

Inside the 10 1/2 County Service Area - CFS can certify the home as a Choctaw tribal home only available to the CFS program and not available for another placement agency. We do not dual certify with any other agency. except to place siblings together. 

Within Oklahoma, but outside the 10 1/2 County Service Area - Choctaw Children and Family Services is certifying foster homes outside the 10 1/2 counties. CFS is mainly recruiting foster homes in the larger metropolitain areas but will look at certifying homes in other rural areas.  

Families living outside Oklahoma - Families living outside Oklahoma are best certified through their county division or placing agency. CFS normally sends an application to families outside its service area to keep on file at CFS offices. Whenever a home is needed for a Choctaw child CFS will try to match a Choctaw child with a Choctaw Family application on file in CFS offices.

What types of Choctaw children require foster care?

  • Infants through 18 years of age
  • Sibling groups
  • Children with special emotional, medical, or physical needs
  • Children who have experienced multiple out-of-home placements 
  • What are the placement preferences Children and Family Services seeks for Choctaw children?
  • A member of the child’s extended family
  • A tribal foster home of the child’s tribe
  • A tribal foster home of another placement agency

What are the placement preferences Children and Family Services seeks for Choctaw children?

  • A member of the child’s extended family
  • A tribal foster home of the child’s tribe
  • A tribal foster home of another placement agency