For the Children: Vote to Recognize Oklahoma Heroes

While the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is recognized as the state’s preeminent watchdog and advocate for children, we know that improving conditions for children is a team effort. There are thousands of individuals and programs that work every day to ensure better outcomes for our youngest generation of Oklahomans. We want to give credit where credit is due, which is why we created the Anne Roberts People’s Choice Award.

Named after our longest serving executive director, Anne Roberts was and continues to be a wellrecognized figure at the Oklahoma State Capitol. She has spent a lifetime championing the causes of children, women’s issues and better health care opportunities for Oklahomans. Having served two decades in her role with OICA, Anne is without question regarded as someone who has improved Oklahoma through her advocacy and hard work, and we cannot think of a better person to help recognize other advocates who deserve their own moment in the spotlight.

Equally important is the “People’s Choice” component of the award. We want to give Oklahomans a chance to highlight the organizations and individuals who are profoundly impacting the lives of children in their community, whether or not they are household names. To that end, OICA accepted nominations from the public for the past several weeks before our selection committee identified six people and six organizations as finalists. We are excited with the results and the opportunity to honor the men, women and organizations below.



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