How to Become an Alternate Caregiver

Alternative caregivers are persons/families who provide respite to foster parents to enable them to have an evening out, for emergency situations, or for vacation time. As alternate caregivers, you will be certified to care for a foster child for up to two weeks when/if needed. Alternate caregivers are crucial to the sustainability of a foster family. They provide foster families much needed time for their children and family, and rest to meet the ongoing demands of the foster system and the emotional toil it can take. Alternate Caregivers are blessed by the difference they make in the lives of foster families and their foster children. An Alternate Caregiver family must be approved by Oklahoma Department of Human Services, including background checks and a home safety visit.

If you are interested in current volunteer, foster family or alternate caregiver opportunities, please contact or call 405-509-2055.


  • 21 years of age
  • Submit to OSBI background check
  • Reference check
  • House assessment






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