43 children were removed from the Oklahoma City neighborhoods surrounding the I-40 and I-44 interchange. These neighborhoods include the zip codes 73122, 73112, 73119, 73179, 73128, 73127, 73107, 73108, 73109, and 73106.
28 children in the 73122, 73127, 73129, 73132 and 73134 zip codes were removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. That means 28 children from these neighborhoods spent the night in a shelter, uncertain of what their future would be.
Distancing yourself from child abuse and neglect can be easy to do when viewed as a story on the evening news about a child from a neighborhood that seems unlike your own. In reality, child abuse and neglect occurs all across Oklahoma County – even in your own zip code. The children removed from our neighborhoods have witnessed domestic violence and substance abuse. They suffered from physical, emotional, and medical neglect. Some are the victims of physical or sexual abuse. Most, if not all, will have emotional wounds from the abuse and neglect they have witnessed and experienced.
Now that these children have been removed from their homes and entered into the child welfare system, they are in need of an advocate to ensure that they never suffer again.
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Nothing can erase the pain these children have endured, but together we make sure they have a caring, responsible adult who is devoted to looking out for their best interests. Together, we are the difference in their lives.