The Office of Juvenile Affairs Communications Department is committed to providing information that is truthful and accurate to the public, the media and other agencies, consistent with the custody and privacy interests of the agency, staff, and youth.
No information identifying any youth in OJA custody or in any OJA program will be released to the public, except in accordance with Oklahoma state statutes.
The Communications Department is responsible for all public relations and public information activities. The Public Information Officer serves as agency spokesperson; coordinates media outreach through news releases, video releases, etc.; manages media/public awareness campaigns; advises management on public affairs issues; provides information about agency activities and policies to the news media and the public; tracks media coverage; produces public information materials, maintains the content on the website, and facilitates the flow of internal and external information.
Press Releases/OJA in the News
Information on Open Records Requests
The Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) is committed to ensuring that all Oklahomans are fully informed about their government and the state’s juvenile affairs. In order to maintain transparency and accountability, OJA has established procedures for accessing public records in its possession. OJA reserves the right to charge a search fee if the information requested requires an excessive disruption of the essential functions of agency staff.
Pursuant to the Oklahoma Open Records Act (Title 51, Sections 24A.1 through 24A.24) and the OJA Rules (377:10-1-11) the following fees shall apply to copies of non-confidential records requested by the public.
- $0.25 per page for records having the dimensions of 8 1/2 by 14 inches or smaller.
- $1.00 per copied page for a certified copy.
- Copies of other media shall be the actual cost of reproduction including labor.
- $25 per hour search fee for commercial requests or those that cause an excessive disruption of office functions.
- $35 per hour labor fee when computer programming or computer processing time is required.
Any payments must be paid by check, money order, or cashier’s check. The Department cannot accept cash or credit/debit cards.
If the requestor selects to inspect documents under the Open Records Act; the documents must be kept in the order in which they were provided.
To request public records, please complete the online form found on the Office of Juvenile Affairs website or send a written request to:
Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs
Attn: Communications/Public Records Officer
3812 N. Santa Fe Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73126
As soon as the Agency receives payment for the records, the records will be made available for pickup at the above address. Depending on the number of records responsive to your request, the OJA staff may be able to e-mail records. Certified copies cannot be e-mailed or faxed. If you would like the copies mailed, you will need to provide a FedEx or UPS shipping number. If you do not have a FedEx or UPS number, please contact OJA Communications and arrangements for mailing the records can be made.
Santa Claus Commission
Each year, the Santa Claus Commission to delivers gifts to youth in the care of the Office of Juvenile Affairs. The Santa Claus Commission is managed by OJA and is responsible for the purchase and distribution of gifts as part of Oklahoma State statute §10-361, and dates back to 1937. Public funds are not used to purchase gifts. The Commission currently operates off of private donations and collects interest off of the dollars currently available in the Santa Claus Commission fund. in 2016, the Santa Claus Commission sent a survey to the leadership at each group home and the three medium secure facilities in Oklahoma; the Commission requested feedback on items that the young people wanted and needed as gifts. On the top of the list were personal hygiene items for both the girls and boys as well as their own suitcase or duffel bag to hold personal items when they are ready to leave the facility. The Commission spent roughly $27 per child on gifts this year which include: a duffel bag (to take their belongings when released from OJA care), notepad/stationary (writing to their loved ones for continuous family engagement, which is an important part of treatment for youth), scented body wash, assorted candy, a happy holiday card, $9 Walmart gift card (for residents at group homes), and $9 canteen fund card (for residents at the medium secure facilities). OJA staff helped wrap duffel bags and filled stockings for each of the young men and women; the staff will also deliver the gifts to facilities across the state.
Santa Claus Commission Meeting Agendas September 2016 October 2016 November 2016 November 2017 December 2017 February 2018 November 2018
Santa Claus Commission Meeting Minutes
Santa Claus Commission in the News
Communications Information Desk