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Oklahoma Parent and Child Assistance Program

University of Oklahoma Foundation

Award Date: August 25, 2021
Awarded: $1,500,000
Arnall Community Fund Award

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a public research university committed to applying research for the benefit of Oklahomans and the nation. The Oklahoma Parent Child Assistance Program (PCAP) will be a joint program of OU and the University of Washington (UW), one of the premier research universities in the world. UW PCAP is housed in the Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute, a multidisciplinary research center at UW. The OU Department of Sociology will bring the program to Oklahoma.

The Department of Sociology has an academic track in criminology, families, quantitative methods, and inequality. It leads the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, a transformative education experience for both students and incarcerated women. Other OU partners include the Department of Political Science and Better Chance Clinic and the Center for Child Abuse and Neglect at OU’s Heath Science Center. This evidence-informed model pairs pregnant and parenting mothers with substance use disorders with extensively trained case managers over a three-year period. The program has shown strong outcomes in Washington over the last two decades, including reduced subsequent substance-exposed births, increased rates of treatment and recovery, and increased rates of children remaining in the custody of their parents.

The Arnall Community Funds are administered through Oklahoma City Community Foundation (OCCF) and provide grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Oklahoma that are working to improve outcomes for individuals, children and families involved with animal welfare and in the child welfare and criminal justice systems. The OCCF staff will manage the grant administration process and all grantmaking decisions will be made by OCCF Trustees. Learn more about the process.