The Church Must Not Ignore the Need
The need for helping children and families cannot be ignored. The total estimated number of orphans worldwide is 140 Million! Children in foster care in the U.S. is 427,910. While statistics continually change, there are currently 7,200 children in the Oklahoma Foster Care System, 145 are in Creek County. (https://cafo.org/statistics/ https://morethanenough.cafo.org/foster-care-search/?countyState=40037)
Child abuse, neglect and abandonment is a problem not only in our nation but in our state and county. The Ranch at Fireside is part of the solution to this problem. Partnering with parents, existing agencies, communities and ministries - children and teens will be rescued from the generational cycle of abuse and neglect. Statistics will be transformed into beautifully healed healthy lives. Working together, we can end the foster care crisis.
- 60% of the children trafficked in the U.S. come from the foster system.
- 95% of adoptions start with foster care.
- 40 children in Creek County had to be placed without their siblings due to lack of foster homes able to take siblings this spring (2021).
What is The Ranch at Fireside?
The Ranch is a foster care community dedicated to changing the lives of foster children. It is a place for foster families to call HOME. It's a community where foster parents will have the support and resources needed to provide safe, nurturing and loving care to foster children in state custody. Here, foster children will encounter hope, have a sense of belonging, and experience unconditional love. It is a community where the environment is conducive to reverse the effects of child trauma and bring healing and restoration. Working together, our nurturing community will inspire and equip each child to break the cycle of abuse and neglect, achieve their highest potential, and become beneficial citizens.
One of our main objectives is to keep sibling groups together; therefore, The Ranch provides affordable housing to those committed to fostering at least four children. These families will receive wrap-around support to help with individualized needs, including resources and services to ensure success for every family and child that comes to live on The Ranch.
Our vision is huge and currently underdevelopment. This long awaited dream is now coming to fruition with our first home completed and ready for a foster family to move in.
Our mission is to ensure that every foster child in The Ranch community experiences the hope, healing and unconditional love of Jesus!
- The remodel on the first home is complete! (Feb. 2022)
- The process of locating a foster family has begun.
- County planning meetings are taking place and the land was surveyed to determine future home plots.
- Open House for the first home gave people a greater understanding of The Ranch and its purpose. (Feb. 14, 2022)
- The old pond dock has been completely removed.
- Our first foster family has moved in! (Aug. 14, 2022)
- A family donated a playground set for The Ranch home. (Aug. 2022)
- Plans to build more homes are underway.
Additional homes built as finances become available; extended playground and park area; a pavilion; a garden; new pond dock; campsites; a learning center; and expanded support services & programs that will help children grow academically, socially, spiritually and emotionally.
An equestrian program, art therapy and grandparent "cottages" are included in future programs and land development.
Consider How You Can Be A Part
Currently, we do not have any homes available but...
in the future, we would be honored to have you consider being a foster parent living on The Ranch at Fireside.
- Are you currently a certified traditional foster care family in the state of Oklahoma?
- Are you willing to bring at least 4 foster children out of the DHS foster system, and into your home?
- The Ranch at Fireside is NOT a foster care agency. The Ranch homes are Traditional and Kinship Foster Care homes not Therapeutic nor Specialized.
We will be happy to assist you in the application process at that time. To get started, you would need to fill out and send in the Residence Application Form. If you have any questions please contact our office at 918.321.3833 or at https://firesidekiefer.church/contact.
We know this is a big decision. But it is one worth considering...
Other Ways You Can Help
You may not be ready to live on The Ranch and foster four or more children; but there is always a need for a loving home to foster one or two. Or, you can get certified to help with emergency or respite care. There are multiple ways you can be involved to transform statistics into beautifully healed healthy lives.
Besides giving financially you can:
- Schedule a work day and give of your time.
- Purchase items needed for construction.
- Give In-kind gifts such as your companies goods or services.
- Spread the word!
Together let's build The Ranch and help stop the cycle of child abuse and neglect.
Stay informed about the latest developments on this page. The Ranch website will be designed as our foster community continues to expand.
First Home (Remodel)
Building Better Lives