The mission of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth is to improve services to children by: facilitating joint planning and coordination among public and private agencies; independent monitoring of the children and youth service system for compliance with established responsibilities; and entering into agreements to test models and demonstration programs for effective services.
Commissioners meet to consider proposals, approve budgets, hear staff reports, make appointments to councils and committees, and submit recommendations to the Governor, Legislature, Supreme Court, and agencies responsible for developing or improving services to the children and youth of the State of Oklahoma. The Commissioners of the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth have the responsibility for developing and approving the State Plans for Services to Children and Youth and the Office of Child Abuse Prevention State Plan. Appointments are approved for the Post Adjudication Review Boards, Child Abuse Training and Coordinating Council, and other councils and committees. For more information, email OCCYCOMMISSONERS@OK.GOV or call 405-606-4904.
The Honorable Mike Warren, Associate District Judge
Chair of the Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee
The Honorable Joy Hofmeister
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Department of Education
Jay Scott Brown (Chair)
Representing the Post Adjudication Review
Representing Business or Industry - Appointee of the Governor
Representing Court Appointed Special Advocates Assoc.
Jason T. Charles
Representing the Oklahoma Children’s Agencies and Residential Enterprises (OKCARE)
Tom Bates (interim), Commissioner
Oklahoma Department of Health
Representing Community Partnership Boards
Parent of a child with special needs - Appointee of the Speaker of the House of
Becky Pasternik-Ikard, CEO
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Appointee of the President Pro
Tempore of the Senate
Ed Lake, Director
Department of Human Services
Melinda Fruendt, Director
Department of Rehabilitation Services
Representing the Oklahoma Bar Association
Representing Metropolitan Juvenile Bureaus
Terri White, Commissioner
Department of Mental Health and Substance
Angela Marsee, Commissioner
District Attorneys Council
Steven Buck, Commissioner
Director, Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs
Lori McGinnis-Madland, Commissioner
Representing The Oklahoma Association of Youth Services
Office of Juvenile System Oversight (OJSO)
The OJSO has a statutory responsibility to conduct semiannual, unannounced inspections of state-operated facilities and periodic inspections of privately operated residential facilities and county-operated detention centers for children and adolescents up to age eighteen. This is in addition to inquiring into areas of concern and conducting complaint investigations of the children and youth service system. When conducting facility oversight, the OJSO is to ascertain compliance with established responsibilities, which includes applicable state and federal laws, accrediting and licensing standards, and each agency's and facility's policies and procedures. For more information, contact Tina Pendergraft at (405) 606-4928 or toll free at 1-866-335-9288.
Office of Planning and Coordination (P&C)
The Office of Planning and Coordination provides technical assistance, coordination and training resources in the development and support of Community Partnership Boards, Freestanding Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams, and the Oklahoma State Plan for Services to Children and Youth. The Office of Planning and Coordination assist Community Partnership Boards and Freestanding Multidisciplinary Child Abuse Teams in developing recommendations for the Oklahoma State Plan for Services to Children and Youth. For more information regarding services and activities of the Office of Planning and Coordination, please click here or contact Anthony Kibble at 405-606-4931. Toll free at 1-866-355-9288.
Postadjudication Review Board Administration (PARB)
Oklahoma Statute 10 O.S. 1116.6 created the State PostAdjudication Review Advisory Board. The Advisory Board oversees the implementation of the State PostAdjudication Review program in coordination with the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth. The Advisory Board consists of twenty-one (21) members appointed by the Governor. The administrative heads of the divisions, which have foster care responsibilities within the Department of Human Services and the Office of Juvenile Affairs, or their designees, serve as ex officio members of the Board. The duties of the Board include 1) to assist in the training of PARB members; 2) to serve as a clearinghouse for information concerning the foster care review program; 3) to make recommendations to state officials and entities regarding children's services; 4) to work with public and private agencies regarding foster care issues; and 5) to submit a report of activities and recommendations of the local review boards. For more information, contact Sara Vincent at (405) 606-4922 or toll free at 1-866-335-9288.
Child Death Review Board
This multi-disciplinary board is responsible for reviewing the deaths of children in Oklahoma and providing statistical data and system failure information to develop recommendations to improve the policies, procedures, and practices within and among agencies that protect and serve children. For more information, contact Lisa Rhoades at (405) 271-8858.