Once again, a new year is upon us! 2017 was a blessed year full of new stories about our boys. This year alone, we welcomed 10 new boys into our facility and were able to serve a total of 20 children in all three levels of care. Eli, Will, Hayden, and Josh progressed enough to move down from our highest level of care to our C Cottage with the house parents. James, Hayden, Daniel, Haason, Jaden, and Daten were able to move into foster care from our C cottage. In 2017, we also celebrated the adoption of Shane into the Jacobson family who lives on our campus.
White Fields continues to grow our foster care program. This year, we welcomed both the Mangum and West families on to our campus. Since joining the White Fields foster care program, both Daniel and Daten have been able to move into their homes. Their stories are truly inspiring as they fully committed their entire family to loving and welcoming foster children into their homes. We are happy to have them both join our mission here on campus!
One of the defining characteristics of White Field’s is our therapy program. White Fields is excited to announce our participation in a project in conjunction with OKDHS, The Halo Project, and Texas Christian University. Over the last 10 years, Drs. Karyn Purvis and David Cross of the TCU Institute for Child Development have developed a model of caregiving called Trust-Based Relational Intervention, which is designed for children from “hard places.” TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI is connection. As relationships are what hurt these children in the past, relationships are the necessary vehicle for healing going forward.
TCU, in partnership with The HALO Project here in Oklahoma City, is leading the way to bring the TBRI to Oklahoma’s Child Welfare system. They have created a pilot program called the Oklahoma TBRI Collaborative for Children (OTCC). This is a research project designed to show the effectiveness of TBRI in a large system, with the goal of implementing TBRI throughout foster care, adoption agencies, residential facilities, courts, CASA, psychiatric hospitals, and juvenile detention centers. Currently, the system can be quite fractured with communication issues and differences in understanding of trauma and its impact on children, which can lead to children being further re-traumatized by the system itself. The dream is that, eventually, any DHS caseworker, judge, and treatment facility can come together and make the best trauma-informed decisions for a child using language and approaches that everyone understands.
A small group of organizations were chosen to participate in this pilot, with White Fields being the first group home selected. We are proud and excited to help lead the way in improving group home care in our state by implementing TBRI in our unique setting. We are thrilled to be participating in such an innovative and important project in our state. We know that the trauma our children have experienced has impacted their brains, bodies, minds, and hearts, and TBRI offers the holistic tools necessary to help them begin the journey of healing.
Gifts and support like yours enable us to provide high levels of care for our children while enabling them to work on their issues and provide through therapy and the other services. As 2018 begins, we look forward to helping each boy grow emotionally and spiritually while continuing to set the standard for group home care! Our goal this year, with your continued support, is to allow more children the opportunity to experience a normal and safe life. God bless you and thank you for helping heal our children. We simply could not do this without you!