Joe Dorman

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Maintaining Civility Important in Difficult Times

Conversations About Tough Topics Vital for Children

On Monday (Aug. 10), the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy held our weekly Child Advocacy Chat. This weekly teleconference on the Zoom platform allows leaders from various nonprofit and state organizations involved in youth issues to learn from each other. This week, several faith-based leaders joined the call to discuss how the pandemic has impacted their services, the actions of their houses of worship, and how it has affected children who participate. As I planned the discussion, I thought about the old adage about the taboo things which should not be discussed at the dinner table: “religion, politics, and sex.” With our modern times, it feels like that last topic has been replaced by another “s” word: science. Continue Reading →

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Virtual Heroes Ball is a Rousing Success


OICA Continues to Serve Despite Challenges Created by COVID-19

Thank you to everyone who was a part of the fourth annual Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) Heroes Ball last Friday night. It was a success beyond even our best hopes. The event was held virtually across the Zoom platform, originating from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Postmates provided food delivery to participants. This virtual banquet was a tremendous success, especially for being the first of its kind. Continue Reading →

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OICA Joins Medical Professionals Urging Caution with School Reopening


Virtual Heroes Ball Set for Friday, July 31

On Monday, the State of Oklahoma saw a record high of 1,401 new cases of COVID-19 reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. With the surging numbers and impending return to school of many students, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is urging everyone to take caution and protect yourself as much as you possibly can, along with those around you. OICA joined the GotMaskOK coalition to encourage Oklahomans to wear masks. If you are interested in learning more about this and showing support, go to the GotMaskOK campaign (Facebook: and website: to be a part of this. Also, OICA has aligned with Oklahoma pediatricians and family physicians to encourage safety and precautions before returning the school. Continue Reading →

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Historic Heroes Ball to be Virtual, Award Finalists Ready for Your Votes

There is not enough positive news in the world these days. With the constant barrage of politics and pandemic updates, it is hard to maintain an upbeat view. I am thankful that the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) not only works to overcome the many horrible issues facing the youth of our state, but we also attempt to shed light on the good things occurring to help our children. In light of this, it is my pleasure to announce the finalists for the 2020 Anne Roberts People’s Choice Award. The Anne Roberts People’s Choice Award is given annually to an Oklahoma individual and an organization that the public feels deserves special acknowledgment. Continue Reading →

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What You Need to Know About Medicaid in Oklahoma

Even with the passage of State Question 802, many people do not fully understand the Medicaid system. I have focused this column on the information Oklahomans need to help those who might qualify or want further information. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) is the state agency that administers Medicaid in Oklahoma. They are responsible for overseeing all aspects of who qualifies and who receives the benefit of insurance coverage through this program. The state Medicaid program is called SoonerCare. Continue Reading →

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OICA Applauds Passage of SQ 802

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) expressed its gratitude to state voters for the passage of State Question 802, the proposal to expand Medicaid in the state. The question passed with just over 50.4 percent of the vote and a 6,488 majority. The organization’s Board of Directors endorsed the state question earlier this year. As part of the organization’s support, it produced and distributed a 30-second television commercial along with several digital and print advertisements and a dedicated web page on the OICA website focused on State Question 802. OICA’s advertising was fact-based. Continue Reading →

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OICA to Host Tele-Conference on Medicaid, Work with Lawmakers on Interim Studies

By the time that you likely read this, the June 30 party primary election will have been decided. Congratulations to the winners of each of those elections! We look forward to working with the outright winners tomorrow, and those who are elected in the November general election. OICA is currently in the planning stages of an online forum to discuss the merits of health care for Oklahomans based upon the outcome of State Question 802, which voters will have decided on June 30. Access to health care will require much planning as we go forward, no matter how the vote turns out. Continue Reading →

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Big Decisions for Voters on June 30; OICA Supports SQ 802

On June 30, Oklahomans have several decisions to make when they go to the polls. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy has submitted to the candidates running for state and federal office a questionnaire on important issues relating to children. The survey allows those candidates to let voters know their positions on ten questions:

1. “What would you do to close the opportunity gap for the millions of children now being left behind?”

2. “What will you do to improve the early years of a child’s life? Continue Reading →

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OICA Names Rep. Mark Lawson “Children’s Representative of the Year”

OKLAHOMA CITY – After each session of the Oklahoma Legislature, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) evaluates the work done by the Legislature. The 2020 session of the Oklahoma Legislature was abbreviated due to the impact of COVID-19. Despite that, OICA CEO Joe Dorman said one state representative distinguished himself as a staunch advocate for Oklahoma’s children. “State Rep. Mark Lawson fought for Oklahoma’s children with tenacity, creativity, and wisdom,” Dorman said. “For that reason, he has been named OICA’s ‘Children’s Representative of the Year.’ The citizens he serves in Creek and Tulsa counties have every reason to be proud of Representative Lawson.”

Lawson, a Republican from Sapulpa, introduced and advocated several measures relating to juvenile justice reform. Continue Reading →

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OICA Census Community Challenge Will Provide Donation to School in Most Improved Oklahoma Municipality

The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy recently issued our “Census Community Challenge” in the spirit of Bedlam to encourage local towns and cities to initiate competition between rival communities. The cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City have been doing something similar for several months. It has helped the effort: as of Monday, June 8, Oklahoma City had an estimated 59.7% response rate, while Tulsa had 57.8%. Currently, the national response rate is at 60.7%, with Oklahoma as a whole showing a 54.2% rate, which is 44th in the nation. Participation in the census is vital as it means federal dollars coming to Oklahoma at an estimated $1,700 per person per year for ten years for programs funded by population numbers. Continue Reading →

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