At both of our recent fundraising events, we shared the exciting news that we are launching a new program designed to keep children
out of the foster care system when it is possible by providing support services to at-risk families. Nearly 10,000 children
were in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services in 2016. 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. While we will continue to offer adoption, foster care, counseling and independent living
program, our expanded focus will allow us to interact with families before the need arises for the involvement of child welfare.
This program will include 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.
We need you! Lilyfield’s goal is to raise $600,000 seed money to launch our Prevention Program.
Lilyfield’s prevention program will provide vital support to at-risk Oklahoma families. In addition to funding, our new program
will require significant volunteer manpower. We hope you will pray for us and consider how you might join us as we continue
to build health 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.