• Welcome Aboard!

    We are excited to welcome our newest board members at Infant Crisis Services. Ken Howell, Cherish Ralls and Timothy Scott joined our Board of Directors this month. 

    Ken is married with two daughters. He is a licensed architect and president of Howell Associates, Inc.—Architects and has over 40 years of experience.  

    Cherish Ralls is a senior attorney at Devon Energy specializing in oil and gas operations, transactions, and litigation. She is also married with two children and has a third on the way.

    Timothy Scott is the owner and president of T. Scott Construction, LLC. He has personally built over 250 projects, including our main facility, the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Last month, he and his wife welcomed their first child together. He also has a set of twins who turned nine in October.

    From the entire staff at Infant Crisis Services and all the babies and toddlers we serve, welcome aboard! We are thrilled to have you and grateful for your service!

  • Child Abuse Prevention Day at the Capitol

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. At Infant Crisis Services we are passionate about preventing and raising awareness of abuse. This month, if you drive by our building, you'll notice our trees are wrapped in blue ribbon, a show of solidarity among businesses and organizations who are taking a stand against child abuse. 

    It's a serious issue in Oklahoma, and one that is on the rise. In 2012, there were more than 9,800 cases of child abuse reported in our state. Nationwide, more than three million cases are reported each year -- one every ten seconds.

    We invite you to participate next Tuesday, April 8 in Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Day at the State Capitol. The Oklahoma State Department of Health and several partnering agencies and organizations will be hosting a diaper drive for Infant Crisis Services as part of the solution to end abuse.

    Why diapers?

    Studies have shown that parents who cannot afford an adequate supply of diapers experienced higher levels of anxiety and depression, two factors that often lead to child abuse or neglect.

    The guilt that a caregiver often feels when they are unable to provide clean diapers adds stress and tension to the already difficult task of parenting. 

    If you would like to participate in this drive, the community is urged to drop off diapers in the second floor rotunda of the State Capitol beginning at 7 a.m. on April 8. We hope to see you there!

  • Congrats to Miki, Car Seat Tech of the Year!

    Anyone who has spent more than one minute with our executive director, Miki Farris, knows she has a passion for the least and littlest. It was her desire to help babies in need that drove her to co-found Infant Crisis Services 30 years ago. And it is that same desire that drives her to continue expanding the services we offer. 

    In recent years, Infant Crisis Services launched a car seat distribution program in partnership with Safe Kids Oklahoma. Miki couldn't bear the thought of kids riding around without a car seat or in an unsafe seat simply because their parents couldn't afford to buy one. Since it's inception, the car seat program has been a huge success, and today Miki was recognized for her efforts to keep kids safe on the road.

    She has been nominated as one of four Metro Area Car Seat Technicians of the Year in the state of Oklahoma. She accepted the award at an event in Tulsa Wednesday morning. Miki is one of six people on staff at Infant Crisis Services who is trained and certified to properly fit and install a car seat.

    This is the second year in a row an Infant Crisis Services representative has received the award. Last year, Ana Davis was given the honor. 

    Our next car seat distribution event will be held Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot of the Infant Crisis Services Donald W. Reynolds Center at 4224 North Lincoln Blvd. For a small, suggested donation of $10, we are giving more than 40 new car seats to families in need. Miki and our other car seat technicians will help install and properly fit the seats to ensure maximum child passenger safety. Because of limited availability, the car seats will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.

  • Three New Car Seat Technicians

    Healthy babies are our mission. We want to do everything we can to ensure babies grow up healthy and strong. Our main goal is to provide the life-sustaining essentials of food, formula and diapers, but we also know there is more that can be done. That's why a couple of years ago, we partnered with Safe Kids Oklahoma to provide and install car seats for low income or under-privileged families for a small fraction of the cost. Part of that program involves training our employees on proper car seat installation. 

    According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, seven in ten car seats are not installed correctly. When families come through our door, our trained car seat technicians can immediately spot a car seat that is not properly fitted for the baby. Often, they can correct the problem right there during the appointment. Other times, the family needs an entirely new car seat, and we invite them of our next car seat event.  It makes us feel at ease knowing that the children we help will be safer when the parents are on the road. 

    Just recently, our three newest staff members, Kynsey Lira, Mariana Roca and Andrea Pisani, went through extensive training to become certified car seat technicians. We now have six trained car seat technicians on staff. Congratulations ladies, and thanks to all our car seat technicians for helping to keep babies and toddlers safe!  

    For more information on how to properly fit and install your child's car seat, there are several resources online or feel free to stop by Infant Crisis Services any time. We will be glad to take a look at your car seat for you.

    Our next car seat event is Saturday, April 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Infant Crisis Services' Donald W. Reynolds Center, 4224. North Lincoln Blvd.,Oklahoma City. Car seats are given out on a first-come first-served basis, so get here early if you are in need. For requirements and details call our main office number 405-528-3663.

  • Ready. Set. Pack!

    Some of our Young Professionals Board Members and their friends spent their Saturday volunteering at Infant Crisis Services this weekend. But it wasn't all work and no play. This group of competitive young people challenged each other to a diaper pack-off in our warehouse. 

    They formed three teams and three assembly lines. Each team tried to assemble the greatest number of diaper packs in just 1 1/2 hours. They first had to separate the donated diapers into a one-week supply (which amounts to 36 diapers for a toddler), wrap them tightly, bag them, mark them, and box them. 

     All together, they went through two pallets of diapers for a total of 13,968! 

    The winning team packed 990 diapers per person. Thanks to all who participated! We truly couldn't do it without our volunteers. Here are some pictures from this very fun volunteer event.


  • All Dried Out

    After a week and a half of serving clients in the parking lot, out of our back door and on the BabyMobile only, we are back in our building! As you may have read or seen on News9 recently, we had a small flood on March 3 due to a burst pipe. Our waiting room, playroom and check out area were all damaged and temporarily out of commission. But we're all dried out now and back in business!

    Thursday, we were able to return to our normal operating methods and procedures. It's a great feeling to walk into our playroom and see babies and children instead of piles of office furniture and maintenance workers. 

    When it comes to Oklahoma weather, we have to take the good with the bad, but nothing will stop us from serving the babies and toddlers in our community who need us.

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