Below are links to the latest 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.

2021 Editions of “For the Children”

July 26, 2021 – Please Vote for the People’s Choice Child Advocates of Oklahoma!

July 19, 2021 – Public Service for Children is Neither Partisan nor Complete

July 12, 2021 – OICA Announces 2021 “Heroes for Children”

July 5, 2021 – Family Time Important During Summer Months, Year Round

June 28, 2021 – Summer Months Will Be Busy for Child Advocacy

June 21, 2021 – Child Tax Credit Awareness Day Highlights Tax Relief for Working Families

June 14, 2021 – The Dark and Difficult Road of Public Service

June 7, 2021 – Lessons in the Legislative Process Build Better Leaders

May 31, 2021 – Federal Funding Will Assist Oklahoma’s Youth Over Summer Months

May 24, 2021 – Even as Tempers Flare, A Dialogue is Needed to Avoid Poor Policy

May 17, 2021 – State Budget Set, Interim Study Suggestions Sought as Lawmakers Near Adjournment

May 10, 2021 – State Budget and Redistricting ae Issues to Watch as Legislature Nears Adjournment

May 3, 2021 – Fighting Childhood Obesity is “Work Worth Doing”

April 26, 2021 – Thurman Thomas, Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell to Highlight Discussion on Childhood Obesity

April 19, 2021 – We Remember…and so Should Oklahoma’s Children

April 12, 2021 – This Shucking Legislature…

April 5, 2021 – “Sticks and Stones” – Words Can Hurt…or Help Legislation

March 29, 2021 – Lawmakers Consider Ideas to Improve Children’s Lives

March 22, 2021 – We Must End the Cycle of Racism by Remembering and Reckoning

March 15, 2021 – Oklahoma on the Verge of Improved Health Outcomes

March 8, 2021 – As Yogi Berra Said, “It Aint Over ’til It’s Over”

March 1, 2021 – Knowing Your Lawmaker is Half the Battle

February 22, 2021 – Moving Beyond the Numbness

February 8, 2021 – Advocacy Efforts Take Center Stage

February 1, 2021 – A Vow to Work to Make Things Better

January 25, 2021 – “Great Game, Coach” – Saying Goodbye to a Good Teacher

January 18, 2021 – “Making a Difference Takes Preparation”

January 11, 2021 – “To Bring Change to Government Requires Knowledge”

January 4, 2021 – “What You Need to Know about Getting the COVID Vaccination”

2020 Editions of “For the Children”

December 28, 2020 – “It Really Is a Wonderful Life”

December 21, 2020 – “More LIght in the Days Ahead Despite the Darkness”

December 14, 2020 – “OICA Seeks Transparency during 2021 Legislature Even if COVID Keeps Capitol Off-limits to Citizens”

December 7, 2020 – “Children’s Legislative Agenda Set, Advocate Training Slated for January”

November 30, 2020 – “Despite New Option, No Substitute for Masks, Distancing to Fight COVID”

November 23, 2020 – “Do More Than Count Your Blessings”

November 16, 2020 – “Fall Forum Underway, Award Winners Named”

November 9, 2020 – “COVID Worsening – It’s Time to Do More to Protect Children”

November 2, 2020 – “We Survived Election Day, Now It’s Time to Govern and Protect Children”

October 26, 2020 – “Oklahoma Schools Must Have COVID Plan to Protect Students, Teachers, and Their Families”

October 19, 2020 – “We Must Be the Enemies of Apathy and Distraction”

October 12, 2020 – “State Questions Contain Important Decisions for Voters”

October 5, 2020 – “OICA to Monitor Medicaid Managed Care to Ensure it Works for Kids”

September 28, 2020 – “Census Counting Extended, OICA Ramps Up for Fall”

September 21, 2020 – “Don’t Send Oklahoma Tax Dollars for Children to California or Texas – Respond to the Census!”

September 14, 2020 – “Getting Older, Seeing Needs, Working to Meet the Challenge”

September 7, 2020 – “OICA Continues ‘Kid Governor,’ Calendar Art Programs”

August 31, 2020 – “The Difference Between ‘Partisan’ and ‘Political'”

August 24, 2020 – “OICA: A History Forged by Overcoming Injustice”

August 17, 2020 – “Don’t Forget to Vote in the Primary Runoff Tuesday”

August 10, 2020 – “Maintaining Civility Important in Difficult Times”

August 3, 2020 – “Virtual Heroes Ball is a Rousing Success”

July 27, 2020 – “OICA Joins Medical Professionals Urging Caution with School Reopening”

July 20, 2020 – “Virtual Heroes Ball Next Week, OICA Joins ‘GotMaskOK’ Initiative Fighting COVID-19

July 13, 2020 – “Historic Heroes Ball to be Virtual, Award Finalists Ready for Your Votes”

July 6, 2020 – “What You Need to Know About Medicaid in Oklahoma”

June 29, 2020 – “OICA to Host Tele-Conference on Medicaid, Work with Lawmakers on Interim Studies”

June 22, 2020 – “OICA Continues Support for SQ 802, Cosponsors Children’s March for Justice”

June 15, 2020 – “Big Decisions for Voters on June 30; OICA Supports SQ 802”

June 8, 2020 – “OICA Census Community Challenge Will Provide Donation to School in Most Improved Oklahoma Municipality”

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?”