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Care Connect

Monday, March 24, 2014
Lilyfield is pleased to announce the launch of its new Care Connect program. Care Connect is a comprehensive post adoption support and counseling program, consisting of support groups, case management, education, training, counseling, and referrals to families facing challenges following adoption.

“Adoption is a life long journey. Most children who are adopted experience very few challenges. However, some children and families find themselves in need of help and we hope to be a support in those instances,” said Holly Towers, Executive Director.

Care Connect equips and supports families who have opened their homes to children who may come to them with a variety of significant needs and challenges. Lilyfield is dedicated in supporting families through this phase in their life and to providing healthy family units. Care Connect is the vital post adoption component that is frequently missing for families. 

Care Connect is a trauma informed program, which utilizes the well known Trust Based Relational Intervention model developed by Dr. Karen Purvis and Dr. David Cross. Care Connect also incorporates other trauma-focused methods.

“We know that some children come into adoptive families with painful histories. This program is designed to help families guide their children to a place of healing,” said Towers.

Care Connect families would have access to a Lilyfield counselor to guide them on their journey as an adoptive family. The counselor is dedicated to walking alongside families in this program by providing adequate support and referrals to services available
Support groups are held on the second Tuesday evening of each month and child care is available with pre-registration. Individual and family counseling services are provided to families on a sliding scale fee.

Making a difference in 2013

Thursday, January 02, 2014

As the year comes to an end, we encourage you to make a difference in the life of a child.  There are over 10,700 Oklahoma children in need of a home.  Your end of year donation will go towards finding a home for a child.

 

In 2014 we will continue our hard work of finding Christian families for children.  In addition, we have two new focus areas:

1.)  The Gateway Independent Living Program serving female youth who aged out of the foster care system

2.)  The Care Connect post adoption counseling program allowing families to strengthen their family bond following adoption

 

Both of these programs will require additional funds.  We encourage you to partner with us by giving a financial gift this year.  With your help, we can continue to serve those in our state who need it most.

 

Lilyfield Donations

 

Even Superman Was Adopted!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Lilyfield families open their arms to the many children in our community longing for a home to call their own.  Every child deserves a family. The mission of Lilyfield is to provide stable, loving families for infants and children through adoptive​ and foster care placements.

 

 There are many ways to invest in children who are without a home this season:

-  Volunteer your time by helping with fundraising events

-  Provide meals for families

-  Participate in the Seeds of Hope Monthly Giving Campaign

-  Become a foster parent

If you are interested in any of these areas to serve, please contact Lilyfield at info@lilyfield.org or 405-216-5240.

 


Lilyfield has an exciting Matched Giving Opportunity through December 31, 2013.  Through an anonymous donor, any donation made now through the end of the year will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000.  We encourage you to contribute to be a part of this exciting and life-changing work by making the most of this donation opportunity.  Your year-end gift can change the life of an Oklahoma child!

 

  Lilyfield Donations

Lilyfield is Growing!

Friday, December 20, 2013
 

Lilyfield has seen tremendous growth over the past few years.  It's amazing to see how many children and families are being blessed through the work of Lilyfield.  The work we do has been possible thanks to our many partners who give both time and money to this ministry.  Your gift can help one of the 10,700 Oklahoma children in foster care find a family this season. 

If you would like to help Lilyfield continue to grow in 2014, please donate through our secure website.​

  Lilyfield Donations

National Adoption Month

Monday, November 18, 2013
On October 31 President Obama declared November 2013 National Adoption Month. In his Presidential Proclamation he stated “I encourage all Americans to observe this month by answering the call to find a permanent and caring family for every child in need, and by supporting the families who care for them.”

National Adoption Month has been celebrated for 18 years. Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced an Adoption Week in 1976 to promote awareness of the need for adoptive families for children in foster care. President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week in 1984. President Clinton then expanded that week to the entire month of November in 1995. President Clinton also directed the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a plan to expand the use of the Internet as a tool to find homes for children waiting to be adopted.

Every November a presidential proclamation launches National Adoption Month. There are many activities and celebrations across the nation to build awareness of adoption and draw attention to the thousands of children in foster care who are waiting for permanent families.

Along with National Adoption Month is National Adoption Day on November 17. Thousands of adoptions are finalized in courtrooms across the United States.

There is a tremendous need for adoptive families in Oklahoma. This year’s National Adoption Month initiative emphasizes the partnerships necessary to create permanent connections for the 100,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families.

Lilyfield continues to raise awareness of the children in need of a permanent home. There are over 10,000 children in Oklahoma state custody. There is a growing need for families to provide a permanent home for these children.

Please consider joining our efforts by partnering with us. Every child deserves a family!

Foster Care Video

Monday, October 21, 2013
There’s always a need for foster families.

Brian and Haley opened their home to foster kids after realizing the huge need Oklahoma has for foster families. As the Brian and Haley share, it is not an easy thing to do, but it’s not about that it’s about the kids that need a home.

Fostering is not only a blessing to the children but also a blessing to the family that opens their home to foster kids. Lilyfield’s goal is to provide Christian foster families who commit to be a stale placement for children until their permanent placement can be found. Some of the benefits of fostering through Lilyfield include having a home study completed by our agency, foster care training is provided from a Christian perspective; ongoing training and support groups are provided. A Lilyfield case worker is assigned to each home. The worker develops a relationship with your family and works to guide you through the entire fostering process.

Lilyfield works as a liaison and advocate for your family, and extensive support services for your family and foster children. We believe that by providing loving foster homes to infants in state custody we can be the hands and feet of the Lord in his world, to the most vulnerable of children.

Lilyfield provides foster care for children ages 0 to 17 years who are in the custody of the State of Oklahoma due to child abuse or neglect.

Brian and Haley are a wonderful example of a foster family. They realized that it was not going to be easy, and that the journey would bring tears and laughter and sometimes they may not know what to do. However, they knew for sure that those children needed to be loved and needed to be in a home rather than a shelter.

Lilyfield Adoption Video

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Lilyfield is a non-profit Adoption placement agency and has been providing adoption plan based services to the women of Oklahoma since 2000.

This video features a family who was looking to adopt and a birthmother looking for a family for her son. The birthmother picked Michael and Mandi to adopt her son, and they have an open adoption. At Lilyfield we often see birth and adoptive families build beautiful relationships that benefit one another and most of all, the child.

Adoption is a wonderful gift. Investing the time to build these relationships is always worth the effort. When open adoption relationships are established, secrecy and shame are minimized. Building these meaningful relationships illustrates the redemptive nature of adoption.

Birth mothers who work with Lilyfield look through books that potential adoptive parents have made. Based on these books and subsequent meetings with the adoptive family, a woman can decide which family she would like her child to be placed with. Adoption is a good choice for a woman who is not able to parent her child for some reason. Women who consider adoption do so because they love their children and want the very best life for them. Every adoption is unique.

We have highly dedicated and caring individuals who have only one motive: to assist all through the adoption process with the help of professional counseling and unbiased guidance.

Michael and Mandi are one of many families who want to welcome a child into their home. All Lilyfield adoptive parents are Christians. It is their goal in life to raise their children to know Jesus Christ.

The adoption process can be a very exciting and scary time for everyone involved and at Lilyfield we want birth mothers to know they are not alone. We believe that adoption is a beautiful expression of love.

We believe that God has a plan for every child. Every child deserves a family and it is a blessing for us to see each child’s story unfold.

Turning Treasures into Hope for Girls

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Lilyfield is holding a Benefit Garage Sale September 13-14 at our Independent Living Home at 800 S. Santa Fe. Proceeds will benefit our Independent Living Home that will be opening in early 2014.

Lilyfield’s Independent Living Home is designed for female youths ages 18-25 who have aged out of the Oklahoma foster care system. The housing program will serve 3 youth simultaneously. Each young woman will be given her own furnished bedroom. Lilyfield also hopes to serve an additional 25 young women with our non residential services of educational and life skill support and mentoring.

We want to empower young women who have aged out of the foster care system to complete their higher education and begin a path of self-sufficiency. We hope that by providing love, support, and stability we might also be paving the way for success for a small portion of these youth in Oklahoma.

The three focus areas of the program will be: housing, education support and mentoring. Women accepted to the residential program will have gained acceptance to a 2 or 4 year college degree program or agree to apply and begin a program within 6 months of entering the Lilyfield program. They will also maintain employment during extended school breaks and/or the 6 month probationary period prior to beginning school.

Any interested former foster youth who is female ages 18-25 may gain access to the non residential services of the Lilyfield program. These services will aim to provide the young women with an opportunity to enhance other areas in their life and create an opportunity for personal growth.

This year alone Lilyfield has provided a home for 67 children who would otherwise be placed in shelters. That is an increase from a total of 49 children served through Lilyfield in 2012. We want to extend our dedication to providing families and assistance to youth who have aged out of the foster care system. Lilyfield anticipates that the program will cost approximately $82,763 to administer annually.

The cost of the program will be covered entirely by private donations, grants, foundation and corporate funding and fundraising events, like our upcoming garage sale.

We hope you will join us at our garage sale later this month and help these young women.

Volunteer with Lilyfield

Friday, September 06, 2013
 
Lilyfield is a non-profit, faith based organization. We work with over 50 volunteers each year. We need your help to accomplish our mission of providing safe and stable families for children and babies. The work we do would not be possible without the dedicated people who give of their time and energy to serve children and families through Lilyfield.

Lilyfield’s first volunteer training is coming up on Saturday, September 7 from 10:00a.m to noon at Memorial Road Church of Christ. This will prepare volunteers by providing essential information about Lilyfield, our policies and procedures, Lilyfield’s Code of Ethics, and introductions to other volunteers and staff. The training is required for anyone wishing to provide direct service to any Lilyfield clients.

There are many different ways to help Lilyfield by volunteering throughout the year. Opportunities include helping with children’s groups, mentoring, support foster families, providing meals and food, help with office duties, volunteer for events, help at our Independent Living Program and much more.

The training will introduce you to more information about Lilyfield and help you to pick a volunteer role that works well for you!

Launch of Independent Living Program

Friday, August 30, 2013
The mission of Lilyfield is to provide families for vulnerable children. Traditionally we have done this through adoptive and foster care placements. However it is clear that the need for a family does not end at age 18. These young people have entered adulthood alone. Lilyfield hopes that by providing love, support, and stability we might also be paving the way for success for a small portion of these youth in Oklahoma.

An estimated 295 children in Oklahoma will age out of state care this year and still need a high level of support in order to succeed. These youths are more likely to experience homelessness, violence, mental illness, and poor health outcomes. One in four of these youths will experience homelessness within 18 months of leaving foster care, while one in three will struggle with mental health or substance abuse problems.

In early 2014, Lilyfield will launch an independent living program for female youth ages 18-25 who have aged out of the Oklahoma foster care system. The program will have three focus areas: housing, education support and mentoring. The Lilyfield housing program will serve 3 youth simultaneously. Each young woman will be given her own furnished bedroom. The non residential services of educational and life skill support and mentoring will be open to any female youth ages 18-25 who has aged out foster care.

The goal of the Lilyfield Independent Living Program is to empower young women who have aged out of the foster care system to complete their higher education and begin a path of self-sufficiency. Beyond housing, participation in the Lilyfield program would involve intensive mentoring with volunteer families who we hope will become “surrogate” families for the young women. These families will be a source of guidance through life decisions and provide a sense of security during their stay.

Women accepted to the residential program will have gained acceptance to a 2 or 4 year college degree program of agree to apply and begin a program within 6 months of entering the Lilyfield program. The cost of the program will be covered entirely by private donations, grants, foundation and corporate funding and fundraising events.

If you are interested in learning more about our Independent Living Program, contact Melody Jones at mjones@lilyfield.or

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