The Community Intervention Center (CIC) opened in 1997 and is a 24-hour holding facility and discharge point for juveniles arrested in Oklahoma County for misdemeanors, some felonies, and status offenses such as truancy and curfew violations. CIC is a collaboration with the City of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Police Department, and the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. The CIC facilitates the return of law enforcement officers to the field ordinarily in under 5 minutes, provides court date information to parents and offenders, and represents the serious consequences of breaking the law to children taken into custody and their families. The Community Intervention Center processed 1,388 juveniles arrested in Oklahoma County in FY 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015).
Although the Community Intervention Center is usually the facility where parents find out their child is engaging in unlawful behavior and they will both be responsible for court-ordered consequences, there are also very positive outcomes at CIC. “Chelsea” was brought to the CIC for violating curfew. She said she had ridden the bus to Oklahoma to meet a boy she had become friends with on-line. The “boy” turned out to be a 28-year-old man and friendship was not his intention. Through tears, Chelsea said she had run from the bus station and was hanging out at the 24-hour fast food restaurant trying to figure out what to do next. She finally provided her parents’ phone number and they eagerly drove from out-of-state to pick her up. Chelsea thanked the staff for helping her find her way safely home.
The Family Junction Youth Shelter opened in 1974 to provide a safe haven for children in crisis. Originally a two-story building near North 15th Street and Broadway, the current shelter was built in 2003 with individual, corporate, and foundation contributions. The Family Junction is an 18-bed facility for children 12 to 17 years old usually in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Our caring staff provides a stable, nurturing atmosphere while residents are between permanent placements. At the shelter, youth attend school, participate in counseling, enjoy recreational activities, receive life skills training, and perform chores such as cleaning their rooms, helping prepare meals, setting the table, and taking out the trash. The Junction has provided safe, temporary housing and guidance from caring adults to thousands of children since opening its doors, including 87 children through 4,474 days of care in FY 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015).
“Tiffani” made some big mistakes that resulted in a year of incarceration when she was 17. But she spent her time positively, earning her high school diploma and researching higher education options. While receiving re-integration and life skills training in our Juvenile Re-entry of Oklahoma County (JROC) Program, she was accepted to a local community college to begin work on a nursing degree. Tiffani is now focused on her future and making positive choices to assure her success.
The Supporting Kids in Independent Living (SKIL) Program, begun in 1998 to help reduce the high school drop-out rate in Oklahoma, offers financial and emotional support to high school students in the Oklahoma City and Putnam City School Districts who, for reasons beyond their control, live on their own with no parent or guardian while working toward their high school diploma. By providing connections to basic necessities and emergency needs, as well as guidance and life skills education, SKIL ensures students get the resources they need to graduate. SKIL also provides some food, diapers, clothing, and equipment to infants and toddlers of clients.
Clients receive material goods and financial assistance; guidance including help finding a safe place to live and obtaining home furnishings, medical care, employment, and making post-graduation plans; and life skills education such as job readiness, money management, healthy living habits, and nutrition planning. Additionally, teens with infants or toddlers received food, diapers, equipment, and clothing for their children, as well as parenting education.
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