“We want all of our children in (Muscogee) Creek homes, and if we can’t get them in those homes we want them with Native families.” – CFSA Director Kimee Wind-Hummingbird
Foster homes needed in abundance
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Children and Family Services Administration is asking Muscogee (Creek) citizens to open their homes and become a foster parent.
“We are always looking for foster homes,” CFSA Director Kimee Wind-Hummingbird said. “There is an urgency for families.”
Currently there are 358 children in State of Oklahoma Department of Human Services custody or in MCN custody.
MCN CFSA Foster Care and Adoption Coordinator Robyn Wind said at times there are foster families, but over time they choose to no longer be a foster parent.
“Most of the time there is a re-unification when the child will go back to their parents or there has been an adoption,” Wind said.
Wind-Hummingbird said she has heard reasons why families do not want to foster. One of the main reasons is they do not want to give the children back or have them return to their families.
“That is the hardest part for them to do is to give the child back,” Wind-Hummingbird said. “We have to emphasize this is just a foster care placement. It is only temporary.”
She said there are different categories for the length of time that a foster parent can take care of the child.
“We will have families that will take care of them for 72 hours until we can get a relative approved so the child can stay with them,” Wind-Hummingbird said. “There are some foster parents who will take care of them for a longer period of time.”
Wind-Hummingbird said there is an importance of having more foster families who are Muscogee (Creek). She said they face a battle when they are in state court about placing the children who are in foster care with Muscogee (Creek) or Native families.
“It is a constant battle,” she said. “We want all of our children in (Muscogee) Creek homes and if we can’t get them in those homes we want them with Native families.”
For more information on becoming a foster parent, contact CFSA at: 918-732-7869.