Angels Foster Family Network OKC works to give children in the foster care system a home.
Angels recruits and supports foster families in Oklahoma County with the hope to keep foster children out of shelters. The nonprofit organization trains families on what to expect and how to take care of children in the foster care system.
“We are really seeking foster parents who understand that we are a foster agency, we are not an adoption agency,” said Jennifer Abney, founder and executive director of the Oklahoma County network. “We are a safe place for children to land when there is no place for them to go.”
Parents interested in housing foster children through Angels are required to complete 27 hours of training, most of which can be done online. Angels makes sure to teach its families about trauma and why children act the way they do.
Angels places one child or sibling group with a foster family to ensure that one household doesn't become overwhelmed. To help families quickly and comfortably get on their feet, the network gives parents a bag with supplies for the children and also a social worker to accompany parents to court hearings.
“Parents want to do something good for children, but they also want support and knowing that they are not doing it on their own,” Abney said.
Before moving to Oklahoma, Abney and her husband were foster parents through Angels in San Diego and were able to adopt their daughter, Desi.