Resource Family Training

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Who We Are

The staff of the Resource Family Training Program at The University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services is comprised of masters-degreed child welfare professionals and a support staff. The Program Supervisor is Mary Bullock, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , (918) 660-3700.

What We Do

The Resource Family Training Program conducts a pre-service training program for all new Bridge Resource Parents – foster, kinship and adoptive families – who want to provide home-based care to children in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. This pre-service program, utilizing the Guiding Principles for Oklahoma Bridge Resource Families curriculum, is a 27-hour, 9-session workshop which is offered throughout the year and in many locations around the state.

In addition to pre-service training, the RFT Program provides Bridge Resource Parents with access to online in-service training, and assists the Children and Family Services Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services with conferences and other technical support.

Building Bridges Newsletter

Welcome to Building Bridges: A Newsletter for Oklahoma Bridge Resource Families. Each issue will focus on a theme targeted to meet the needs of foster, kinship, and adoptive Bridge resource families. You will find information and resources you can use whether you are caring for infants, preschoolers, elementary age children, adolescents, or young adults. In addition to articles related to the theme, you can expect information about Support Groups throughout the state, activities you can do with your family, and more.

This publication will be in an electronic format and will replace what some of you knew as Connections. If you’d like to look back at some of the previous issues of Connections, check out the archived versions here: Spring 2010 | Fall 2009 | Summer 2009 | Spring 2009 | Summer 2008 | Summer 2007 | Winter/Spring 2007 | Fall 2006 | Summer 2006

Contract Trainer for the RFT Program

The RFT Program contracts with trainers statewide to present the 27-hour pre-service workshops for Bridge Resource Parents. Access resources for current contract trainers, or learn more about becoming a contract trainer.



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