Keep Partisan Politics Away from Non-Profits

At the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA), we advocate for policies that make kids safer, healthier, and happier. We have passionately pushed reforms and improvements within the Department of Human Service’s Child Welfare Services division, for instance, and...

A Brighter Future for Every Oklahoma Child

In January of 1978, the Terry D. v. Rader lawsuit was filed in Federal Court in Oklahoma City. The suit alleged abusive practices, unconstitutional use of isolation and restraints, the absence of adequately trained staff, and the mixing of offenders with non-offenders...

Oklahoma’s Budget Crisis Requires New Revenue

In the last several weeks, a lot of eyes have been focused on Oklahoma’s $900 million budget shortfall and the effect it may have on our state. We have heard a lot of talk about revolving funds, off-the-top spending, structural imbalances and dozens of other terms...

Is Your Glass Half-Full?

I try to be a “glass half-full” kind of person, but there are times when parts of your world can wear you down.  We all experience this to some extent, but it is how you deal with these situations that determines the outcome and impact on your own life and those...

2017 State of the State Address

This Monday marked the beginning of the 2017 legislative session and a return to work for senators and representatives.  This also was the day that Governor Mary Fallin delivered her 7th State of the State address.  In her speech, she urged the legislature to...
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