Choices For Life

Service Philosophy

Choices for Life Oklahoma program’s service philosophy describes our foster parents as the “agent of change.” They provide at least an hour of face-to-face basic living skills and an hour of social skills on a daily basis. The therapeutic services they provide in a family setting are an on-going daily process. These services are determined by a team including, but not limited to: client, foster parents, CFL clinician, biological family, and DHS case worker. The program model by philosophy addresses the whole child within a constellation of the most individualized general care needs to the most substantive growth perspective within a family design and social process. This approach allows for each client’s treatment plan to be individualized and client specific. The treatment plan is developed to provide the highest quality of services that are specialized to that client while meeting the requirement within the least restrictive environment. The benefits of this process promote lasting learning effects and family connectedness due to the similarity in setting to the child’s own home, culture, and community into which the child will eventually be discharged. Finally, the process of socialization rather than rehabilitation may be the value standard inherent to the philosophy which renders direction, education, nurturance and protection for children and youth. 

The clinician provides therapy and support to each foster child and family. CFL provides a minimum of 4 hours of direct services to each client/family each month. Youth who are age four (4) through (18), who are in the lawful custody of the Department of Human Services, office of Juvenile Affairs, and adjudicated, may be referred for therapeutic foster care. Funding is provided by the Department of Human Services (DHS) and Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), all clients admitted to therapeutic foster care services must be determined eligible, according to the medical necessity criteria by the OHCA reviewer prior to admission. DHS is the placing authority, not the agency. Placement will be considered by the agency after careful review determining and matching the therapeutic foster family that is best able to meet the child’s individual needs. The agency provides written documentation in the therapeutic foster parent file of the variables considered in the decision to place a child in the therapeutic foster home.