Oklahoma has one of the highest imprisonment rates in the country. Most recent statistics from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections reveal there are 26,194 incarcerated individuals in Oklahoma. Many of those people are parents, and their children are profoundly impacted.
Oklahoma has one of the highest divorce rates in the country, but state lawmakers hope to make life a little smoother for minor children with divorcing parents. A new Oklahoma law went into effect Nov. 1 that will require divorcing parents with minor children (under 18) to take a co-parenting class to better understand the impact of divorce on children.
While most Oklahomans may feel the Ebola crisis in West Africa is far away, the cause hits close to home for Edmond natives Jerome and Shanna Crawford. The couple co-founded a nonprofit organization called Komeo International Ministries in 2010 to aid orphans at Sierra Leone’s Wellington Orphanage. Shanna visited the orphanage more than a dozen times and Jerome visited six times before decided to move the family—themselves and their six children—there to live full-time for about two years.
On our cover this month, you see the bright faces of Ava and Olivia Chapman, Kate Folmar, Delaney O’Brien and Andie Wedel, first graders at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Edmond.
Halloween is fast approaching and Oklahoma City will come alive with tricks, treats, costumes and candy. To ensure the holiday is a night of thrills for kids, parents should take extra safety measures. AAA Oklahoma has these recommendations to help families stay safe this Halloween:
The Oklahoma State Department of Health, or OSDH, has confirmed through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that enterovirus D68, or EV-D68, is causing respiratory illness in Oklahoma.
Follow these tips from the Oklahoma State Department of Health to keep the school lunches you pack safe for your kids.
Learn how to prepare for disasters with this good information from the the Oklahoma State Department of Health.