The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) was founded in 1983 as a result of a lawsuit over the maltreatment of a youth in state custody. The Institute was created by people who care passionately about the well-being of children and saw a need to lobby on their behalf at the State Capitol. OICA fights to ensure children and youth in Oklahoma are protected by the policies we help craft at the State Capitol and in our communities. Investments in children are investments in our future. We know by protecting children, educating them and giving them every opportunity to lead healthy, happy lives we are creating a better future for our state.
For 30 years – through statewide initiatives, coalitions, programs and projects, data research and reporting, integration of grassroots and legislative advocacy – the Institute has moved forward critical issues to improve the lives of all children in Oklahoma, especially those in the greatest need of a voice. We advocate for kids, promote the good work being done on their behalf and engage all Oklahomans to help in such efforts. This is a lofty task and we strive to mobilize our fellow advocates by giving them the tools and resources they need to join the movement. Together, we are Voices for Oklahoma’s Future.
Mission Statement: The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy creates awareness, takes action and changes policy on behalf of children and youth.
We believe it is critical each child in Oklahoma has:
• A nurturing family in a supportive community
• Quality health care
• Quality educational opportunities throughout their childhood
• Protection from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence
• Economic security and freedom from poverty
• Equal opportunities and freedom from racial disparities