Anna's House Foundation is a faith-based organization whose mission is to provide immediate, stable and loving homes for Oklahoma County's children in state custody. AHF desires to offer a future of hope and faith to foster children and foster families by providing housing, support, training, and resources in a Christian community setting. We provide an exceptional, personal network of support for families in Oklahoma County and contingent counties caring for children in foster care, and the unique needs children share.
Of the approximately 8,000 Oklahoma children in foster care, about 2,000 live in Oklahoma County, over half of those are under age 6. There are approximately 2,000 traditional foster homes statewide and less than 500 in Oklahoma County. 50% of children are moved more than three times during their time in foster care and 50% of siblings are separated and placed into different foster homes upon entering the foster care system.
Reactive attachment disorders are common among these children when they do not bond with a caregiver from the earliest days. Some estimates indicate that as many as 70% of the American children suffering from some type of attachment disorder today are children in the foster system. The goal of The Anna's House Foundation is to recruit and support Christian families who open their homes at a moment's notice to give immediate shelter, comfort, and love to the most vulnerable among us. We partner with OKDHS to provide the highest level of care in Oklahoma County.
Anna was born in the Oklahoma County jail on January 1st, 2007. She was ten weeks premature and pronounced clinically dead by medics. Anna miraculously regained her heartbeat and lived on a ventilator at Children's Hospital for the next six weeks.
After a failed kinship placement, Anna returned to the hospital with a diagnosis of double pneumonia and "failure to thrive." Doctors were skeptical that she would make it through the first night. Anna survived not just one night but 70 nights at Children's Hospital without visits from anyone other than her DHS worker.
The doctors feared that if Anna did not bond with a parent very soon, she would likely die. The Harkins family learned of her situation and, after spending many nights with her in the hospital, brought her home as her foster parents, eventually adopting her on January 28, 2009.
Despite a damaged trachea and lungs, Anna continues to thrive and grow stronger each day. She is a part of a family that loves and nurtures her, something that every baby deserves. This experience with Anna inspired the family to begin a foundation named after her dedicated to the needs of newborns and infants in foster care. In August of 2009 Anna's House Foundation was formed, seeds were planted, and fruit continues to grow.
Statements of Beliefs
Anna's House Foundation believes the creation and maintenance of this foundation is a calling from God and as such we hold traditional beliefs Christians have held throughout all time and summarized as follows:
Care of the orphan is a mandate for all Christians and is referenced at least 27 times in the Bible. While most children in foster care have living biological parents, they have been "orphaned" by inadequate parenting to include abuse, neglect, abandonment, and domestic violence. As Christians, we must protect and provide loving care to these children, while reconciliation and restoration of each child's family is desired, believing all people are capable of change.
When this is not possible, adoption of these children can occur. Adoption of a child is a beautiful picture of the Christian life; as an individual places their faith in Jesus Christ, they are adopted into the family of God. Each child in foster care has a unique journey, but it is Anna's House Foundation's goal to offer each of these children a foundation of hope, faith, and love.
ways to help
The Anna's House Foundation
1101 N Bryant Avenue
Edmond, OK 73034