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. These include:
• 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. 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.
Children and families are referred to Cookson Hills by family members, clergy, school personnel, 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.
• At risk of school expulsion or dropping out of school
• Family conflict
• Poor behavior choices
• Poor peer group
• Experimenting with drug and alcohol use
• Abuse and/or neglect
• Some mental health issues (e.g. ADHD, anxiety, and depressive disorders)
We serve children from the across the United States. Currently we care for children from over 15 different 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. We have two tracks in our program: Family Reunification track (1-2 year stays) and Long Term Care track (children stay until graduation from high school). In family reunification, the goal is to reunify the child with his/her family. Once a stable home environment has been established, a child can return to his/her family.
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.
Families are expected to:
• Provide medical insurance that works in Oklahoma
• Pay for counseling services each month
• Maintain a special account with Cookson for child’s basic needs (i.e. haircut, hygiene)
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 year-round calendar with plenty of breaks in between! Our school staff and houseparents work together to assist the child in being honest and responsible with school work.
Credit recovery opportunities are given to high school students in need of more credit.
Yes, teachers are certified through Association of Christian Schools International.
For the 2016-2017 school year, we are offering boys/girls basketball, girls volleyball, and horsemanship classes. 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 receive opportunity to contact their child periodically through scheduled phone calls. Scheduled visits occur the 3rd weekend of each month, called Visit Weekend. Visits offer child and family opportunity to connect and practice new helpful interactions.
Families primarily receive communication from their Cookson Hills Social Worker, including medical updates, significant behavior issues, report cards, and scheduling visits with child. Families are also encouraged to speak with Houseparents during phone calls to learn about their child’s experiences and family events.
In addition to Visit Weekend, families are welcome to attend our public sporting events, spring Hilltop (Open House), and fall Cowboy Jamboree. Families and their child also spend time together during periodic Plan of Care meetings and family counseling.
Yes, families in the Family Reunification track (2 year placement) are expected to participate in:
• Monthly Family Counseling
• Family and parent education classes, called “Parent U”
• Visitation sequence to help build positive interactions and experiences
For more information about our program, please see our Family Handbook.
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, budget and policies, employs and oversees the Executive Director, and meets quarterly.
The easiest way is to make a secure online donation. You can also make checks payable to Cookson Hills Christian Ministries and mail to:
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:
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.
Yes! Call us at 918-597-2192 for details on donations.
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 are receipted within 2 business days by email. 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!