Oklahoma Children of Incarcerated Parents
The mission of the Oklahoma Children of Incarcerated Parents Advisory Committee is to promote the safety and well-being of children whose parents are incarcerated, and also to promote the idea that parental incarceration is not the child’s fault.
On any given day in Oklahoma tens of thousands of children have an incarcerated parent. Considering only those locked up in prisons and county jails and the population turnover of these facilities, the tens of thousands could be multiplied many times over. Put simply, the number of Oklahoma children affected by parental incarceration is staggering.
Oklahoma state law outlines OCIP responsibilities:
- Gather information and data related to children of incarcerated parents, and to identify programs to serve their needs.
- Increase public awareness
- Work collaboratively with agencies, community and faith-based providers
- Develop a resource toolkit
- Report information obtained by the advisory committee and submit a yearly report to the legislature