Who We Are
Hope for the Future (HFTF) is a not-for-profit visitation center that offers a warm, safe, home-like setting for children who have been removed from their homes by Child Welfare to be able to visit with family members. Between its opening in 2016 and 2018, HFTF has served over 240 children and close to 100 families; since then the numbers continue to grow. The visitation center is currently funded from donations and good will.
HFTF founder, Clotiel Howard -through her extensive 12 years of work experience with CASA- was initially inspired to create the center in 2003 after continuously hearing numerous heart-wrenching stories about children in foster care being separated from their families and important connections. While encountering a young girl involved in the Juvenile Court System, Ms. Howard inquired from her what she wanted for her future and with her face filled with sadness, the girl replied with obvious remorse, “I don’t have a future”. Ms. Howard immediately responded, her voice brimming with optimism, “Yes, there is always hope for the future!”. From this wellspring of hope, the vision for a visitation center was born and was fittingly named “Hope for the Future.”
Hope for the Future provides a natural, safe, fun home-like environment for children and families to engage through visitations, with the aim of keeping the families we serve connected.
Our organization is recognized as having completed the Standard for Excellence course by the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. Our certification is valid from 2018-2023, and we can be found on the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits graduate page.