We are located in Northeastern Oklahoma, five miles south of Kansas, OK on Highway 10. View Map
Our annual budget is approximately $2.4 million.
Several factors contribute to the cost of life at Cookson Hills, including:
• 2 full-time houseparents per house
• 1 full-time social worker per 24 children
• 1 full-time program director
• Homes for placed children (utilities, maintenance, insurance, etc.)
• Counseling costs (counselor salaries, equine program maintenance, insurance, etc.)
• Education costs (teacher salaries, fees, school supplies, etc.)
• Transportation costs (vehicles, gas, insurance, maintenance)
• Food, clothing, and healthcare
• Insurance (employee health, liability, and worker’s compensation)
• Dining Hall and food service staff (commercial restaurant standards required by licensing)
We invite families to financially support their child to the degree that they did while the child was living in their home. This includes:
• Providing medical insurance that works in Oklahoma
• Paying for counseling services each month
• Maintaining a special account with Cookson Hills for the child’s basic needs (i.e. haircut, hygiene) However, no child is turned away because of a family’s inability to contribute financially. Contributions from the families of children in care is less than 1% of our total costs.
No. Cookson Hills does not accept state or federal funds. Our current budget is funded by contributions from individuals, churches, private foundations, gifts from estates, and income from beneficial trusts.
We are licensed by the state to care for up to 120 children. The actual number of children we can serve varies based upon staffing.
Children and families are referred to Cookson Hills by family members, church leaders, school personnel, counselors, and other agencies. If the child requires services not provided by Cookson Hills, the child or family is referred to appropriate agencies for placement and/or services. We serve children who want a fresh start and have faced challenges with family life, experienced abuse, neglect, school truancy, homelessness, or poor peer relationships.
We serve children from across the United States. All children are privately placed with the consent of their parent and/or guardian when the family is in a crisis situation.
Cookson Hills cares for children in residential care between the ages of 5 and 17. Long term placement is desired, working with students towards graduation.
We hire married Christian couples to serve as houseparents. Houseparents receive frequent training, support, and supervision. Families and houseparents collaborate and learn from one another in the best interest of the child.
That is okay. A child does not have to be a believer to receive services from Cookson Hills, but we do ask they be respectful. Children are surrounded by Christian influences and will attend church with their house family, take Bible classes in school, and participate in devotionals at home.
Cookson Hills Christian School operates on a balanced calendar also known as a ‘year-round’ school. Starting in mid-July, our students go to school for six weeks and then have a two-week break. There are 6 six-week terms within a school year. Year-round schooling does not mean you go to school through the whole summer! Our summer break is five weeks long.
Multiple credit recovery opportunities are given to high school students in need of more credit.
Yes, teachers are certified through Association of Christian Schools International. CHCS is also accredited by Cognia, and the Oklahoma Private School Accreditation Commission (OPSAC).
While they may vary from year to year, we typically offer boys cross country and basketball, and girls volleyball and basketball. We also offer vocal ensemble and band in middle and high school, 4-Him, offered in the Spring, is an opportunity for students to learn about unique areas of interest or expertise. Past topics have included woodworking, farm living, hiking, sewing, baking, drama, and worship band.
Families contact their student twice a month with scheduled phone calls. A Visit Calendar is published at the start of each school year based on the year-round school rhythm and is available on request from your social worker. We have four break-weeks throughout the school year. Families can choose two of the break-weeks to have visits for up to 7 days. Thanksgiving and Christmas visits are also scheduled.
Families primarily receive communication from their Cookson Hills Social Worker, including report cards, medical updates, scheduling visits, and significant behavior issues. Families are also encouraged to speak with Houseparents during phone calls to learn about their child’s experiences and family events.
In addition to break-week visits, we have additional opportunities for families to attend on-campus events. Families and their child also spend time together during periodic Plan of Care meetings and family counseling at the discretion of the child’s therapist. Please call 918.948.6300 to check for the latest visit procedures.
Family counseling is offered at the discretion of the child’s therapist.
Yes! You can watch Prospective Family FAQs answered to learn more about Cookson Hills and what the enrollment process looks like. The video Student FAQs with Sidney is great for students to watch to get a perspective from one of our kids who has been through it all. The Family Handbook is available for you to see the details of life at Cookson Hills.
PRAY: Your prayers for both children and staff are greatly appreciated. PROMOTE: Tell your friends, church, and organization about our services and encourage them to partner with us.
PROVIDE: Your financial contributions and volunteer labor are what allow us to continue. Click HERE to make an online financial contribution.
Yes. Cookson Hills has a Board of Directors consisting of members who are involved in varied ministry and business occupations. Oklahoma licensing requirements dictate that a majority of our board members must reside in the state of Oklahoma. Our Board of Directors governs and oversees the program of Cookson Hills. At their quarterly meetings, they budget, write policies, and employ and oversee the Executive Director.
The easiest way is to make a secure online donation. You can also make checks payable to Cookson Hills Christian Ministries and mail to:
Cookson Hills 60416 Highway 10 Kansas, OK 74347
There are several ways to make a donation in memory or honor of someone. Our donation page is an easy and secure way to make an online donation. Make sure to note who the tribute gift is for. You can also make checks payable to Cookson Hills Christian Ministries and mail to: Cookson Hills 60416 Highway 10 Kansas, OK 74347
Visit our Mission Trips page and fill out the form and our representative will get in touch with you.
To see what types of donations we are currently accepting, visit our needs list!
We are grateful for every gift to our work. Contact us through the site and we’ll make it easy to include us in your estate plan.
Yes. We are a 501(c)3 under the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and accept tax deductible gifts.
Yes. Online gifts receive a receipt immediately at the email address provided. For all other gifts, receipts are totaled and sent out 3 times a year in January, May, and October. Cookson Hills will provide receipts at anytime upon request.
Any unanswered questions? Contact us!