From the Desk
of the Executive Director: Reprinted fromRepresent: The Voice of Youth, Copyright 2014 by Youth Communication/New York Center, Inc. (www.youthcomm.org).

With very mixed emotions!

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you my resignation as Executive Director of OTFCA effective August 1, 2015. This has been a hard, long, and deliberate decision. I love this job and these providers!

Long and short: my national work on foster care has increased tremendously. FFTA and OTFCA both deserve 100% of my time and energy. Obviously, even a type-A personality must recognize the impossibility of 100% at all times in two places. However, in my national work I can and will still be intricately involved with OTFCA as I continue to consult for all 50 states.

I want to welcome the new OTFCA leadership. On July 15, the OTFCA Board offered the position to Barnes Consulting. Lisette Barnes will handle any lobbying needs. Laura Fleet will hand administrative duties. Welcome Lisette and Laura!

Finally, I want to publicly thank each and everyone of you again for enriching my life personally and professionally these past 10 years! I have been privileged to be the public voice of excellence! Excellent TFC agencies, devoted foster parents, impressive collaborations with public entities (OKDHS, OHCA, ODMHSAS, and others) and with the public at large on behalf of a most vulnerable population of youth and families needing intensive services of the level of residential care, but delivered in specialized TFC homes in communities!

Thank you and God bless!




Oklahoma Therapeutic Foster Care Association

The primary focus and mission of the Oklahoma Therapeutic Foster Care Association is to promote the provision of quality therapeutic foster care services in the state of Oklahoma by providing a forum for information sharing, technical support and advocacy. Members agree to support the purpose of the Association and to provide services in a manner consistent with appropriate laws, rules and regulations.

What is Therapeutic Foster Care?

Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) is specialized care for children and youth with special medical, psychological, social and emotional needs who can accept and respond to the close relationships within a family setting, but whose special needs require more intensive or therapeutic services than are found in traditional foster care. TFC provides youth with a family-based treatment alternative to more intensive levels of care.