Nominations Open for OICA Fall Awards in Child Advocacy

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OKLAHOMA CITY – During its annual Fall Forum meeting, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) announces winners of three awards recognizing excellence in child advocacy and philanthropy.

Nominations from members of the public are now being accepted for the three awards, which can be submitted on the organization’s website at The three awards are the Steven A. Novick Child Advocacy Award, the Laura Choate Resilience Award, and the Moran “Kidizenship” Award.

“Each of these awards represent something special about those who fight for Oklahoma’s children,” said Joe Dorman, OICA’s CEO. “Steven Novick dedicated much of his legal career to improve the lives of youth in state custody. Laura Choate was one of those for whom Steve fought and she has dedicated her life to that same cause. Melvin and Jasmine Moran are two of Oklahoma’s finest child advocates who have spent their life together fighting for children.”

Steven A. Novick served as the legal counsel for the children who brought forth the “Terry D” lawsuit against the State of Oklahoma. Through his effort to represent these children and the thousands of others who benefited from this case, reforms were brought about to improve the conditions of Oklahoma youth in state care. It was in the aftermath of the “Terry D” lawsuit that OICA was created.

Laura Choate has served as a lifelong advocate for Oklahoma children and was the first recipient of the Resilience Award. She worked with the OICA to reform the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice system to better serve and protect Oklahoma children. As a youth, Choate served as a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit that resulted in dramatic changes to Oklahoma’s juvenile justice system and was used as a model by many other states to establish higher standards.

The Kidizenship Awards is OICA’s statewide awards program recognizing and rewarding excellence in youth philanthropy for youngsters under the age of 18. The awards are named after Melvin and Jasmine Moran, philanthropists in their own right, who are best known as the founders of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole, Oklahoma.

Dorman said anyone is eligible to nominate someone for any or all of the awards. “All one has to do is go to our website at and fill out the nomination forms,” he said. “Each year, we get a tremendous group of nominees who embody what is best about Oklahoma. I look forward to seeing the nominees and presenting those to the awards committee who will determine the recipients.”

Award winners will be announced at OICA’s annual Fall Forum, where activists and state officials come together to learn how to better advocate for children and develop the annual “Children’s Legislative Agenda” to guide OICA’s work at the State Capitol. This year, OICA anticipates the Fall Forum will be a virtual event to protect participants from the COVID-19 pandemic and it will be held shortly after the 2020 general election.


About OICA: The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens seeking to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk. Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.”

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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