Below are links to the 2020 editions of “For the Children,” a weekly column written by Joe Dorman, the chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. “For the Children” is published in newspapers across the State of Oklahoma, and in it, Dorman details various issues and public policy initiatives relating to Oklahoma’s most precious resource: its children.

June 1, 2020 – “OICA Urges All to Work for ‘True Peace’ for Children, State”

May 25, 2020 – “OICA Urges Common Sense as State Reopens”

May 18, 2020 – “Legislative Session ‘Moves Pretty Fast’ to its End”

May 11, 2020 – “Jobless Claims Break Records; Affects Families”

May 4, 2020 – “OICA Breaks Down Budget Proposal from the Legislature”

April 27, 2020 – “Child Abuse Reports Drop; Reality is Likely Opposite”

April 20, 2020 – “Challenges Remain for Oklahoma, from Budget to Healthcare”

April 13, 2020 – “Election Season Starts with Candidate Filing”

April 6, 2020 – “OICA Helping Oklahomans Deal with COVID-19’s ‘New Normal’”

March 30, 2020 – “Families Have Internet ‘Lifeline’ for Virtual Schooling”

March 23, 2020 – “OICA Planning Series of Telephone Town Halls to Update Families on COVID-19, Census”

March 16, 2020 – “The World Changed Last Wednesday Night with Potentially Devastating Effects on OICA, Nonprofits”

March 9, 2020 – “OICA Opposes Effort to Allow Suspension for Youngest Students; Calls for Counseling First”

March 2, 2020 – “If We Forget the Hard Lessons of the Past, We Risk Repeating Them”

February 24, 2020 – “Responding to Census Critical for Oklahoma’s Future and Children”

February 17, 2020 – “Child Advocacy Day at the Capitol Slated for May; Memberships Help Us Make a Difference for Children”

February 10, 2020 – “Mayors Back OICA on ACEs; Healthcare on Lawmakers’ Agendas”

February 3, 2020 – “Legislative Session Begins; OICA Begins Examining Proposals”

January 27, 2020 – “The 2020 Legislative Session Can Be Optimistic with Your Advocacy”

January 20, 2020 – “More School Counselors Would Help Diminish Adverse Childhood Experiences”

January 13, 2020 – “Adverse Childhood Experiences Plague Oklahoma’s Children”

January 6, 2020 – “Will 2020 Hold a Brighter Future for Oklahoma’s Children?”