State of State Speech Brings Revenue Issues into Focus

At the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, our team was pleased to hear Governor Mary Fallin declare in her State of the State Address on Monday that “we deserve better and our children deserve better too.”  With 800,000 young Oklahomans… Read More

As Session Begins, Ask Lawmakers to Focus on Child Well-Being

The Oklahoma Legislature will convene for the 2018 regular session on Monday, February 5.  Also, on that day, Governor Mary Fallin will deliver her final State of the State address.  Speaking on behalf of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy… Read More

How a Federal Shutdown Impacts Kids and Families

On Monday, we saw the US Senate pass legislation to keep the federal government running for three more weeks. If passed by both bodies and signed by President Trump, the agreement would extend funding and allow further negotiations on issues… Read More

Take Me (and Oklahoma’ Children) Out to the Ball-Game

On January 31, the Bricktown Rotary will honor Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers with their annual Warren Spahn award, named after an Oklahoman who was one of the all-time great Major League pitchers. The upcoming award ceremony got me thinking… Read More

Inter-tribal Task Force Tackles Policy Solutions

  On December 14th, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) hosted its first Indian Child Welfare Task Force meeting.  This gathering brought together inter-tribal and state agencies with a focus on respecting the government-to-government relationship the State of Oklahoma… Read More

La Fuerza de Tarea Inter-tribal se enfrenta a las Soluciones de Políticas

El 14 de diciembre, el Instituto de Defensa del Niño de Oklahoma (OICA) organizó su primera reunión del Grupo de Trabajo de Bienestar Infantil Indio. Esta reunión reunió agencias inter-tribales y estatales con un enfoque en respetar la relación de… Read More

A New Year’s Resolution

While the Legislature remains in a second Extraordinary Session on the Friday before Christmas, OICA has a simple New Year’s Resolution for lawmakers: fix the immediate problems with the state budget and lay out a long-term budget plan for next… Read More

Una resolución de año nuevo

Mientras que la Legislatura permanece en una segunda Sesión Extraordinaria el viernes antes de Navidad, OICA tiene una Resolución simple de Año Nuevo para los legisladores: arregle los problemas inmediatos con el presupuesto estatal y diseñe un plan presupuestario a… Read More

Generous Partners (and Santa!) Helping OICA Complete our Holiday Gift Drive

December is a busy and stressful time for Santa Claus, who as everyone knows is feverishly working on getting everything ready for his big day. This year OICA has been the lead partner for OK Foster Wishes, and we know… Read More