Source: State Turns to Urgent Placement of Foster Kids with Relatives, Friends | Oklahoma Watch
Since the latter half of 2016, the percentage of children placed first in a kinship foster home by the state has increased, according to Oklahoma Department of Human Services data. Under DHS' definition, kinship can include not only close blood relatives but also more distant relatives, family friends, community members who have played an important role in the child's life, and others.
|Month||Children Placed in Kinship as First Placement||Children Removed from Family Home and Eligible for Placement||Percent of Kinship as First Placement|
|Baseline: July-December 2016||878||2,540||34.6%|
|January-June 2018 (YTD)||664||1,417||46.9%|