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Release Date: August 28, 2017

by Taylor Owen and Mallory Jones

  • From left, Chad Henry, Sydnee Henry and Sarah Henry visit the Talimena Scenic Drive in Arkansas.

ADA, Okla. - Chickasaw citizen, Chad Henry and his wife, Sarah, opened their hearts and home through the Chickasaw Nation Foster Care and Adoption Program in May 2016. The Henrys have one biological daughter, five-year-old Sydnee.

The Henry family has always been interested in fostering Native American children. Even before they were married, Mrs. Henry wanted to foster. She saw firsthand some of the hardships foster children have to face, as her parents worked in a children’s home when she was young.

When beginning their foster care journey, the Henrys were looking forward to their first placement. Mr. Henry said his daughter was “always excited about getting a new baby brother or sister.”

The Henry family has grown closer because of the foster family experience. At first, Mr. and Mrs. Henry were concerned their daughter might not enjoy sharing the love and attention to which she was accustomed. But fortunately, Sydnee loves the children as much as her parents.

“When you get more children in your home, your love does not split, it grows,” Mr. Henry said.

The foster care and adoption program staff is available to help foster families stay organized, listen to their concerns and point them in the right direction for any needed assistance.

“The children have a social worker who visits monthly you can contact for any needs and each foster family has a foster care worker assigned to guide them through the process and support them after they receive placement,” Mr. Henry said.

In addition to helpful social workers, there are many resources available to current and interested foster and adoptive families. The Henrys have utilized a number of resources through the Chickasaw Nation, including child care assistance, the WIC program and clothing grants.

The Henry family believes that support and stability are important qualities a foster family can give a child in their home. They contribute to a child’s overall well-being by encouraging outside activities, like walking at the park or fishing.

The Henrys have had many babies in their care since becoming a foster family. They bond with the babies by reading to them. They have received many books though the Chickasaw Nation Child Development Center, Early Childhood Center and Sick Child Care Program. Mrs. Henry also uses the Chickasaw Nation Anompa app to read Chickasaw language to them.

“Do not wait to open your home if you are considering fostering and adopting, because there is a great need out there for tribal homes to open their doors to these awesome kids,” Mr. Henry said. “There is no better time than right now to be a foster family.”

Consider opening your heart and your home by becoming a Chickasaw Nation foster care family and foster a child. Chickasaw children are waiting for families to offer them a chance for a stable home on both permanent and temporary basis.

Foster care and adoption program searching for families

The Chickasaw Nation Foster Care and Adoption Program has a continuing need for homes to be provided for children on a temporary or permanent basis.

Children are waiting for families to offer them a chance for a stable home.

Every year, older youth “age out” of foster care and are left to face life’s challenges. No matter their age, the program stresses that all young people in foster care need a meaningful connection to a caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in their lives.

Currently there are 68 foster care or adoptive families providing foster care needed for children in tribal custody. More families are frequently needed.

The foster care and adoption program seeks tribal homes to provide care when a relative or kinship placement is not available.

Tribal homes are needed within the Chickasaw Nation service area as well as throughout the state.

To become a tribal foster care parent the following are required:

For more information, or to become a foster parent, contact the Chickasaw Nation Foster Care and Adoption Program at (580) 272-5550 or visit

Last Updated: 09/16/2016