The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) began in 1983 as the result of an investigative report by the national news media which exposed a horrific story of cruelty and abuse experienced by Oklahoma children who were in the state’s custody. That media report, “Oklahoma Shame,” spurred child advocates from every corner of the state into action to create an organization whose mission was to ensure the protection of Oklahoma’s children. OICA has remained vigilant to that mission, fighting for policies that improve the lives of children and families by being their voice at the State Capitol and in the communities where they live and learn. For three decades, the Institute has informed and educated state policymakers and other citizens on the importance of investing wisely in children and families. We understand that when children thrive – our state thrives. Whether working with state policymakers and agencies, or with health, education, business and community organizations across our state, Oklahoma’s children — and our state’s economy — are reaping the benefits of the work we do together as voices for Oklahoma’s future.
“Creating awareness, taking action and supporting policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.”