Nearly 8,500 children are in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in 2018. In our experience of engaging biological,
foster, and adoptive families, we have come to understand that some children who enter foster care could remain safely in their
homes, given the right tools and support, which is why we launched our EmpowerOKC program in 2018. While we continue to offer
adoption, foster care, counseling and independent living program, our expanded focus allows us to interact with families before
the need arises for the involvement of child welfare. EmpowerOKC has partnered with Westwood Elementary School, an Oklahoma
City Public School, to identify at-risk students and provide support to students and their families to help prevent them from
entering the child welfare system. This program includes parenting classes, education support for children, mentor families,
counseling, case management, resource referral, tutoring and much more. In doing so, we hope to continue to fulfill our vision
of guiding children, youth and families on a path to healing and permanency.
Lilyfield’s prevention program provides vital support to at-risk Oklahoma families. In addition to funding, our new program requires
significant volunteer manpower. We hope you will pray for us and consider how you might join us as we continue to build healthy
and strong families for children Oklahoma. As state agencies experience accumulating budget cuts and reductions in services,
it is imperative that nonprofit organizations step in to strengthen our most vulnerable families. Lilyfield is honored to partner
with a broad base of individual, foundation, corporate and church donors. In order to continue expanding critical services
to Oklahoma communities, we must continue to build on this support.
We invite you to partner with Lilyfield in this journey.