A massive shortage of families for Oklahoma foster children exists.

Few entities withstood the coronavirus pandemic unblemished. Restaurants struggled, personal care services were hurt and the travel industry was brought to a halt. Most segments of society have recovered. Some are thriving. But some ― including foster care ― are still struggling. This is especially true in Oklahoma. In a state that is ranked 46th for…

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United Acts of Kindness

EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) – A local nonprofit is inviting the community to give back in celebration of United Acts of Kindness Day. The Anna’s House Foundation is a faith-based nonprofit focused on providing sturdy and loving homes to children in Oklahoma. The nonprofit is teaming up with First United Bank to celebrate United Acts of Kindness Day on…

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Meet the McSwains

Meet the McSwain family from Tuttle, Oklahoma – an outgoing, sports-loving bunchwith a deep-rooted passion for making a difference in the lives of others. The McSwain family began their fostering journey in the summer of 2019, inspired largely by an eye-opening mission trip to Africa that confirmed the inner calling that Randi McSwain, devoted wife…

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A Special Message from Executive Director, Katherine Craig

What comes to mind when you think of the term “gold standard”? For me, it is when a business sets an exceptional example by fully supporting its local nonprofits in all ways. I have spent more than 24 years in the nonprofit sector, and as an executive director of a nonprofit, I spend a lot…

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AHF Featured in The Edmond Outlook

“FOSTERING HOPE” By Taylor Bollinger May 2023 “The Foundation addresses the physical and emotional needs of foster families. In addition to clothing and the tangible resources needed to support a child, Anna’s House connects families with the preparation, training, and community support throughout their fostering journey. “I think of a little one showing up in…

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One Employee’s Journey from Volunteer to Team Member

“A couple years ago, I was finishing up my undergrad degree at UCO and needed to complete myfirst 25-hour field study (internship). I had to find an organization within the Edmond area thatwent within the lines of family development and human sciences. I grew up in Mustang andwas new to the Edmond area and had…

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3 Bible Verses for Joy

A Frank Voice is a writing ministry based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Encouraging, but candid words about faith, family, and fostering. Our staff + foster families love going through their devotionals, and we wanted to highlight an excerpt from their latest blog…read below! Joy can often be an elusive thing for us in this life.…

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“Fostering is Not About You”

I always said “I’d never foster, I would never be able to give them back!” And then God got ahold of my heart and said “but it’s not about you Courtney!” And from that moment on I’ve been clinging to God for every crazy step in this beautifully broken system. I pray that my “yes” can…

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Hope for the Holidays: Paycom Supports Foster Families

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 30, 2022) — Paycom Software, Inc., (NYSE:PAYC), a leading provider of comprehensive, cloud-based human capital management software, recently donated $125,000 to provide support for foster families and homeless youth across the country. “Investing in the community is at the forefront of Paycom’s culture, and communities start with strong, stable families,” said Brad Smith,…

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The Importance of Bridging

Janis felt alone in this world. After losing her parents, and finding herself on a path she didn’t intend, she was fighting an uphill battle with addiction and struggling to keep her family together. Eventually, her children were removed from her custody. Understandably, she started to feel like everyone involved in this process with her…

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