Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
2915 North Classen Boulevard
Suite 320
Oklahoma City OK 73106
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Mission Statement
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is the voice for Oklahoma's children. We create awareness, take action, and support policy to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Oklahoma's children. We work to change laws and policies to achieve real and lasting results that create opportunities for our children to succeed and our state to prosper. We are a non-partisan, nonprofit, 501c3 organization. 
Contact Information
Contact Name Joe Dorman
Contact email jdorman@oica.org
Address 2915 North Classen Boulevard
Suite 320
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone (405) 236-5437
Fax 405-236-5439
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer

There are many ways to be involved with OICA! You can become a donor (online, via USPS mail, or in-person), volunteer, become an individual or organizational member, and sign up for our email newsletter and social media updates!

Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $474,600.00
Projected Expenses $474,583.00
History and Background
Former Names
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy1983
Year Founded 1983
IRS Ruling Year 1984
State Registration Expiration Feb 2020
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is the voice for Oklahoma's children. We create awareness, take action, and support policy to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Oklahoma's children. We work to change laws and policies to achieve real and lasting results that create opportunities for our children to succeed and our state to prosper. We are a non-partisan, nonprofit, 501c3 organization. 
Background Founded in 1983, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was created by people who care passionately about the well-being of children. It was established as a result of a lawsuit over the maltreatment of a youth in state custody; Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is charged with the duty of being an unwavering, nonpartisan, unbiased and trusted voice for children in Oklahoma.
Needs Advocacy requires a lot of people, and a lot of people time. Unfortunately, this means that we often need operational dollars to fund our people costs, dollars that occur outside of programs and are difficult to find funding to cover. This being said, our needs include: unrestricted funds for operations; volunteers for advocacy, events, and education; in-kind resources for programming; program funding; and increased statewide community partners to broaden our impact and scope of work.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
It is an honor to be part of an organization that plays such an important leadership role in promoting policies, programs, and partnerships focused on improving the lives of our state's youngest and most vulnerable residents -- our children and youth. One in every four children in Oklahoma is growing up in poverty. This is not an "Oklahoma Standard" to be proud of or accept. With the help of caring citizens and groups across our state, we are focused on ensuring that all Oklahoma children grow up healthy, educated, valued, cared for and protected from harm, with opportunities -- regardless of their family circumstances -- to learn, grow and thrive. Our goal is to make Oklahoma the best place in our country to be a child, knowing that when all of our state's children and families prosper, our state prospers. We have a lot of work to do to achieve that goal. 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Oklahoma - Statewide
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Public & Societal Benefit/Alliances & Advocacy
Tertiary Organizational Category Youth Development/Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
Description OICA is a trusted, independent voice speaking on behalf of Oklahoma's children and their needs at the State Capitol when program and policy decisions are made. For three decades, OICA has been an effective and persistent advocate for children on a broad range of issues and across a broad range of ages, from infants and early childhood to adolescents and young adults. OICA recruits, educates, and mobilizes Oklahomans to create wins for children.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
  • Promoting critical improvements in the Department of Human Service child welfare system to increase safety, stability, and quality of care for thousands of Oklahoma children in the state's foster care system.
  • Helping recruit and support more foster care families to provide nurturing environments for the children and teens until they can return to a safe, permanent family setting. 
  • Increasing availability of food and nutrition programs for children in high poverty areas to reduce hunger and food insecurity. 
  • Promoting opportunities for addressing the special needs of the more than 26,000 Oklahoma children who have parents in prison.
  • Enabling schools, through Shared Use legislation, to be community centers for health/fitness recreational activities for children/youth by removing liability concerns for schools that want to keep their doors open during after school hours.  
  • Improving the quality of health and prevention programs for youth in foster care and juvenile justice group home settings.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
For 30+ years, OICA has raised awareness of critical needs of our state's children and youth; identified policy and program solutions; educated citizens and policymakers about the facts, the best-practices responses, and the state's return on investment; and mobilized supportive citizens, organizations, coalitions, and communities to seek results that achieve positive change for kids. A long-term goal and major success indicator is to ensure that all children and youth in Oklahoma are healthy, safe, well-educated, economically secure, resilient, and thriving, regardless of their family or life circumstances. We are dedicated to increasing the odds that all of our state's children have the opportunities and resources they need to succeed. OICA works with state and community agencies, organizations, and coalitions to identify the priority issues on child well-being, then provides leadership for those issues at the state legislature and working with state and community leaders.
Description OICA coordinates with OKDHS to provide holiday gifts for foster children and youth throughout our state. We receive wish lists, then partner with the community to distribute them through businesses, organizations, and individuals. This program has brought great awareness to foster children by safely lifting the veil of confidentiality to show that children in foster care are not nameless, faceless kids, but real children just liket in those in our neighborhoods who have the same hopes, dreams and wants.
This year, we estimate that more than 7,000 wish lists will be coordinated by OICA, and your help is needed to make these dreams come true for Oklahoma's foster children. You can help! Choosing to fill one or more lists goes a long way towards ensuring that each foster child and youth throughout our state has a gift. We kick off this program on November 1, and would love for you to join us!
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
In Oklahoma, there are very few statewide opportunities for school-age children to learn leadership development and other life skills, such as how to properly do an interview, how to learn personal fiscal responsibility and how they can make a difference in the actions of their government.
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is preparing a series of symposiums to help pinpoint youth from different demographics and train them in many of these skills. We are seeking partnerships with several other advocacy organizations that deal directly with these isolated demographics to help recruit Oklahoma youth. Through these partnerships, we hope to reach several hundred young Oklahomans annually and improve their lives and increase their opportunities for a successful future.
OK-LEAD, or Oklahoma Kids – Leadership Engagement Advocacy Development, will allow 14-15 year old Oklahoma students the opportunity to complete an application and attend. The number of symposiums will be based on the availability of funds to properly hold the program and the willingness of partner organizations to assist in the endeavor. In 2019, OICA is planning a symposium focused on foster youth and a pilot project with tribal youth.
The symposiums will hold a uniform schedule for most of the three day seminar, will some slight modifications addressing each segment attending. The intent of the program is to bring together a group of students, ranging in number from 20 to 100, and leading them through three days of development in leadership skills, advocacy training, educational attainment, etiquette, history of our state, debate and interview skills, the legislative process and mandatory attendance with a community service project. Various workshops will be presented by local experts in the field.
Sponsors will be allowed to contribute anonymously to scholarships for the students who are unable to afford the entire cost of attending a symposium.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

The Fall Forum is the annual conference utilized by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy to help shape a legislative agenda in support of the youth of our state. This gathering assembles some of the brightest minds in child advocacy from around Oklahoma to share expertise and brainstorm for better solutions, laws, and policies to help our youngest state residents.

What you can expect from Fall Forum: -Workshops presented on child-related topics to inform and educate attendees on the most up-to-date trends

- A luncheon that will allow delegates to learn more about the upcoming expectations from the Oklahoma Legislature

- Presentation of the Moran Kidizenship and Laura Choate Resilience Awards

-Breakout sessions to allow a thorough dialogue about the major policies pursued by OICA as decided by the delegates

- Pending: A nationally-recognized speaker discussing a significant issue which will impact our state

Population Served General/Unspecified
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Joe Dorman
Start Date Sept 2016
Email jdorman@oica.org
Joe Dorman was named CEO of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy in September 2016, adding a new chapter to his life-long commitment to public service which was sparked in high school when he served as a page in the Oklahoma Legislature. "It is an honor to work with a committed network of caring leaders across Oklahoma who want to see our state do the best it can for its children and youth," he said.
Joe received his B.A. in Political Science from Oklahoma State University and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma. Following college, he became a state legislative staff member, then served 12 years in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from House District 65, holding positions of Assistant Majority Floor Leader and Minority Caucus Vice-Chair. As the Democratic candidate for governor in the 2014 election, he had the opportunity to visit with Oklahomans in all 77 counties, learning more about their needs, as well as their hopes and dreams for their communities and families -- particularly their hopes for their children.
In addition to years of public service at the state level, Joe has served his hometown as a Rush Springs Town Council member, and has provided leadership for national organizations, including as the Oklahoma liaison for the American Council of Young Political Leaders. Always a champion for youth leadership opportunities, Joe helped create mock legislature programs and works to engage young people in the political process. He extensive involvement in civic organizations includes Leadership Oklahoma, Oklahoma Academy, OKC Bricktown Rotary, Rush Springs Lions Club, and as chair of the Rush Springs Watermelon Festival. He is a member of the board of directors for the Jasmine Moran Children's Museum, the CARE Center, and the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation. His numerous recognitions have included the Journal Record's "Achievers Under 40" award and the Legislative Excellence Award from the Rural Health Association. 
Senior Staff
Miranda HinesProgram Director
Peyton StacyOffice Coordinator
Cory WilliamsOperations Coordinator
Number of Full-time Staff 3
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 50
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 2
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Sept 2012
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Chamber of Commerce2018
Dean's Award for Distinguished Community ServiceUniversity of Oklahoma College of Medicine - Excellence Awards2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr, Mitchell Rozin
Company Affiliation Rozin Law
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2019
Email mitchell@rozinlaw.net
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 30, 2020
Board of Directors List
Mr. Terry BoehrerVoting
Ms. Samonia ByfordVoting
Ms. Laura ChoateCommunity AdvocateVoting
Mr. Michael CluttsVoting
Mr. Michael DoyleCPA, retired
Ms. Jonette DunlapVoting
Ms. Lori FordVoting
Ms. Sandy FosterVoting
Ms. AJ GriffinVoting
Ms. Christi HaleVoting
Ms. Lindsey HopkinsVoting
Ms. Amber JonesVoting
Dr. Vamsi KalikiVoting
Ms. Kim LewisVoting
Ms. Amanda MullinsVoting
Ms. Sharon PyeattVoting
Ms. Lyndsey ReyesVoting
Mr. Mitchell RozinAttorneyVoting
Mr. David SchwarzVoting
Mr. Chris SmithVoting
Dr. Don WilberVoting
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 13
Board Term Lengths 2 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 50 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $474,600
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $474,583
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Revenue$397,104$686,122$1,100,585
Total Expenses$477,828$894,750$1,063,184
Revenue Less Expenses($80,724)($208,628)$37,401
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$361,099$633,471
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,275$1,673$704
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$20,386--
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$171,844$641,446$934,367
Administration Expense$113,021$140,425$110,542
Fundraising Expense$192,963$112,879$18,275
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.830.771.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses36%72%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue49%39%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$190,734$404,409$560,008
Current Assets$152,523$366,285$481,444
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$9,311$142,262$89,233
Total Net Assets$181,423$262,147$470,775
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.382.575.40
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $395,829Govt - Unspecified $361,099Govt - Unspecified $633,471
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $1,275Contributions $289,775Contributions $387,343
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Special Events $20,386Earned Revenue $78,721
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available.
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Address 2915 North Classen Boulevard
Suite 320
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Primary Phone 405 236-5437
Contact Email jdorman@oica.org
CEO/Executive Director Joe Dorman
Board Chair Mr, Mitchell Rozin
Board Chair Company Affiliation Rozin Law