Four Child Advocates Honored During OICA Fall Forum

OKLAHOMA CITY – During its recently concluded annual Fall Forum meeting, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) announced four winners of two awards recognizing excellence in child advocacy and philanthropy. Nominations for the awards were made online by members of the public. From those nominations, a committee of child advocates selected this year’s winners. […]

Hispanic Community Celebrates Announcement of Mexican Consulate in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY – Organizations that advocate on behalf of Hispanic Oklahomans are celebrating today’s announcement that a permanent Mexican Consulate will be coming to Oklahoma City. At a press conference today in Mexico City, Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard and other officials of the Secretariat announced a plan to open two new consulates in the […]

Oklahoma Optometrists Offer Complimentary Vision Exams on Giving Sight Day: October 2, 2021

The Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians and its participating members will be hosting the second annual Giving Sight Day on Saturday, October 2. Giving Sight Day is designed for families and individuals in-need to receive complimentary vision care at participating clinics. “Clear vision and healthy eyes are gifts that all Oklahomans should enjoy,” said OAOP […]

Care Providers Oklahoma Responds to President Joe Biden’s Nursing Home Vaccine Mandate

New Requirements Could Cause Unprecedented Workforce Catastrophe OKLAHOMA CITY – Care Providers Oklahoma, the association representing Oklahoma’s skilled nursing professionals and residents, today released the following statement in response to President Joe Biden’s announcement that all skilled nursing staff must be vaccinated: “Oklahoma’s skilled nursing facilities, through a combination of successful vaccination campaigns and rigorous safety protocols, […]

Tourism group announces McCurtain County entertainment scene still rolling throughout Summer 2021

Hochatown, OK— More entertainment is in store for Southeast Oklahoma as tourism leader “” announces upcoming live music shows, nightlife and area attractions happening across the region this summer. is a tourism website free for travelers to use as an activity guide when visiting the popular Broken Bow and Hochatown areas in McCurtain County, […]

Child Advocacy Group Awards Grants to Fight Adverse Childhood Experiences

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) awarded a pair of $2,500 grants to two 501(c)3 organizations addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The grants were awarded to the Early Childhood Coalition of Payne County for its “HealthySteps” program and Sunbeam Family Services for its “Nurturing Connection through Touch” program. The Early Childhood […]

July 4, Fireworks, Shows, Parades, and God

It started with a suggestion in June, followed by a meeting on July 2, and finally a formal signing on July 4, 1776.  From that moment on, the cry would go up around the world that the colonies of the North American Continent, all thirteen of them, had declared independence from Great Britain.  Like any […]

OICA Names Six “Children’s Legislators of the Year”

OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) released its legislative scorecard for the 1st Session of the 58th Oklahoma Legislature. The scorecard detailed lawmakers’ records on children’s issues. From that nonpartisan evaluation of the voting records of all 101 state representatives and 48 state senators, six lawmakers were named “Children’s Legislators of […]