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Child Welfare Services (CWS)

If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, you have a legal responsibility to report it to the Statewide 24-hour Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-522-3511.      

 

​​The mission of the Swift Adoption Services is to secure an adoptive family for every waiting child for whom adoption is the goal. Children can be assured a permanent adoptive family through early identification, assessment and child preparation; aggressive recruitment and preparation of prospective adoptive parents; the elimination of legal and other barriers to adoption; and the adequate provision of supportive services.

​Child Protective Services (CPS) are provided through Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) to identify, treat and prevent child abuse and neglect. The two purposes of CPS intervention are to protect the safety of children and to provide services to help families with any difficulties that cause the safety of their children to be at risk. S

The Office of Background Investigations (OBI) Child Welfare Unit handles background checks for those seeking custody both temporary and permanent of children in the state. Our mission is to ensure that each child is placed a safe, healthy and productive home. 

​​Family-Centered Services (FCS) provides voluntary services to families following an investigation or assessment of child abuse or neglect, in which abuse, neglect or both have been identified. 

The Office of Background Investigations (OBI) Fingerprinting Unit handles background checks for those seeking custody both temporary and permanent of children in the state. Our mission is to ensure that each child is placed a safe, healthy and productive home. 

Foster Care is a planned, goal-directed service that provides 24-hour-a-day substitute temporary care and supportive services in a home environment for children birth to 18 years of age in OKDHS custody.

​Oklahoma Children's Services (OCS) comprises two programs, Comprehensive Home-Based Services (CHBS) and Parent Aide Services (PAS). In CHBS, families receive assistance on child-rearing and ways to improve parenting, housekeeping and budgeting skills. Services are provided in the home and community. Both are provided statewide by community agencies through contracts with DHS. OCS services are home-based and are structured according to the needs of the family and are provided to families that are involved with child welfare.

The Oklahoma Successful Adulthood Program (OKSA) Mission is to empower youth in and from foster care to lead safer, healthier, more independent and productive lives.

​The Permanency Planning Unit is responsible for ensuring policy and training meet the federal and state mandates for services that are provided to children and their families who have become involved in the juvenile court system due to child abuse and neglect.

Post Adoption Services help to secure and support safe and permanent adoptive families for children with special needs. 

Respite services can provide a much needed, temporary break from the often exhausting challenges faced by family caregivers. Respite vouchers let caregivers hire another person (respite provider) to temporarily care for their loved ones.

The School-Based Services Program is a contractual and collaborative partnership between OKDHS and local school districts. Through the partnership, a School-Based Specialist (SBS) is placed in the school with the dedicated purpose of providing a human service connection and support to the children and families served by the school, as well as the school’s teachers and administrators. 

​When a child who receives or may be eligible to receive Social Security (SSA or SSI) or Veteran's Administration (VA) benefits is placed in the custody and paid care of the Department of Human Services, the Department will make application to the appropriate agency to receive these benefits on behalf of the child.

Program Information

​​​​​​The purpose of Child Welfare Services is to improve the safety, permanence and well-being of children and families involved in the Child Welfare system through collaboration with families and their community.  





 

If you believe a child is being abused or neglected, you have a legal responsibility to report it to the Statewide 24-hour
Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-522-3511.