Creating awareness, taking action, and supporting policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens, to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.

Our advocacy in action:

  • Is Data-Driven – sharing the latest, most relevant data and research on key issues and indicators related to the well-being of children and youth.
  • Promotes Best Practices – translating data and research into practice, and promoting best-practice program models and effective partnerships that achieve results.
  • Supports Policies – using data, research, and partnerships to identify solutions and inform policy-making decisions.

Our goal, quite simply, is to ensure that every child in Oklahoma – from birth to adulthood – is nurtured, healthy, educated, protected from harm, and thriving.  We have a lot of work to do, together, to achieve that goal!

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.

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