Providing vulnerable children caring homes---
Oakland Family Services believes that foster care is a service to our most vulnerable children and placement of children in qualified foster homes is our highest goal. The agency also believes that all children have a right to a family, and foster parents give them a caring home until problem situations in their own homes are resolved. We understand foster parents are key members of an interdisciplinary team, which works in harmony to meet the needs of children. To qualify as a foster parent, individuals must be at least 18 years old, emotionally and physically stable, and meet the needs of the child. Foster parents can be couples or single adults and reside in an apartment, mobile home or single family home. They also must participate in a family assessment, become licensed through the State and follow the licensing rules of the State. The process involves attending an orientation and ongoing training; being flexible to accommodate weekly “parenting time” visits between the child and the biological family, which usually occur at the agency; and bringing the foster child for counseling appointments. Oakland Family Services licenses foster care homes and provides Parent Resource for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) training. For more information, contact Family Preservation at (248) 858-7766.
Providing loving, stable homes for children---
Our adoption program provides loving, stable and permanent homes to children of all ages who are legally available for adoption. Oakland Family Services believes that bringing families and special children together can be a positive, fulfilling choice for everyone involved. We also understand that successful adoption recognizes the importance of the birth family for the child. Our caring, committed adoption staff offers personalized, responsive adoption assistance to families to support them in deciding what type of adoption is best for them. To qualify as an adoptive parent, a person must be at least 18 years old and in good emotional and physical health with a safe and stable home environment. Adoptive parents can be couples or single adults and reside in an apartment, mobile home or single family home. They also must understand the needs of children and provide love. As part of the adoption process, applicants attend an orientation and participate in training and a pre-placement assessment. If the child is not a foster child in their home but is a child who is waiting for a forever family, Oakland Family Services works to match the family with a waiting child and arrange pre-placement visits. Our agency also provides assistance with interstate adoption. If you have an interest in helping children in our community, please email Oakland Family Services or call (248) 858-7766.