The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has completed the 2019-2023 Oklahoma State Plan for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect with the help of citizens, stakeholders and critical community partners. The Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth (OCCY) approved the plan, in accordance with state law.
Input was obtained from nearly 1,000 responses to an electronic survey, feedback gathered from co-hosting 15 Community Cafés across the state with the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness, and through stakeholder meetings and discussion regarding the planning process. Participants were given an opportunity to contribute input about community resources in their own backyard.
“Child abuse and neglect is a complex issue,” said OSDH Grant Coordinator Sherie Trice. “Information was gathered statewide to ascertain current services and gaps, identify geographical areas with greatest need, pinpoint supports that are most valued, and further assess family needs and how those needs can be addressed. We sought what works best in protecting children in communities across the state.”
The focus of the survey was on awareness, availability, and use of community resources that target identified risk factors for child maltreatment. The information obtained provided officials with insight about community-specific programs individuals are aware of and use, as well as additional resources they feel are needed.
For questions or more information about the State Plan for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, contact the OSDH Family Support and Prevention office by phone, (405) 271-7611 or by email, SherieT@health.ok.gov