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  • OJA Board Names Rachel Holt as Interim Executive Director

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:OJA Board Names Rachel Holt as Interim Executive DirectorOKLAHOMA CITY, MARCH 5, 2020—The Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs today named Rachel Canuso Holt as interim executive director of the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA).Holt is the chief operating officer (COO) and senior general counsel for OJA. Her appointment takes effect Saturday.  OJA Executive Director Steven Buck, who also serves as state secretary of human services and early childhood initiatives, announc...  Read More...

  • Steven Buck Steps Down as OJA Executive Director, Cabinet Secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood Initiatives

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Steven Buck Steps Down as OJA Executive Director, Cabinet Secretary of Human Services and Early Childhood InitiativesHe is leaving to head a long-term care associationOKLAHOMA CITY (FEB. 13, 2020) — Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) Executive Director Steven Buck today announced he is resigning to take a job leading an association representing long-term care facilities. He is also leaving his position on Governor Kevin Stitt’s Cabinet, where he served as sec...  Read More...

  • PRESS RELEASE (WITH PHOTOS) OJA Board Elects Chairman

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:OJA Board Elects Chairman OKLAHOMA CITY, JAN. 14, 2020— Board members of the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs today elected Karen Youngblood as chairman of the nine-member board. Youngblood succeeds Warren A.   Read More...

  • OJA Board Approves Updated State Plan for Juvenile Detention Services

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:OJA Board Approves Updated State Plan for Juvenile Detention ServicesOKLAHOMA CITY, DEC. 18, 2019—The Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs today approved an updated State Plan for the Establishment of Juvenile Detention Services, which will determine the number of juvenile detention beds necessary for the state’s current needs and the locations of those needed beds. The plan also determines the number of juvenile detention beds for which the Office of Juvenile Aff...  Read More...

  • OJA Staff Delivering Gifts from Santa Claus Commission to Youth in Agency Custody

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:OJA Staff Delivering Gifts from Santa Claus Commission to Youth in Agency CustodyOKLAHOMA CITY, DEC. 16, 2019—Staff members with the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) are working with the Santa Claus Commission to make sure about 315 young people spending Christmas in group homes and secure-care treatment facilities are remembered during the holiday season.OJA staff members wrapped gifts for the youth, and are now delivering them. The gifts were purchased with funds pr...  Read More...

  • PRESS RELEASE (WITH PHOTO): Sidney Ellington Named to Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Sidney Ellington Named to Oklahoma Board of Juvenile AffairsThe Oklahoma City resident will begin his duties Jan. 1OKLAHOMA CITY, DEC. 11, 2019— Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat has appointed Sidney Ellington to the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs.Ellington, of Oklahoma City, will replace Warren A.   Read More...

  • Four Teens in OJA Care Get to See Black Violin Group Perform in Concert

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Four Teens in OJA Care Get to See Black ViolinGroup Perform in ConcertOKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 15, 2019) — Four residents of the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (COJC)had the opportunity to enhance their appreciation and competency in musical performance by seeing the group Black Violin perform in Oklahoma City.The teen-aged boys participate in music therapy sessions in which they have the opportunity to choose and learn to play an instrument at COJC as part of their trea...  Read More...

  • A new look at juvenile offenders in Oklahoma

    A new look at juvenile offenders in Oklahomaby THE OKLAHOMAN EDITORIAL BOARDPublished: Sun, September 29, 2019 1:06 AM Updated: Sun, September 29, 2019 1:30 AMSteve BuckA few things that Steve Buck said recently about his agency’s budget request for next year should be noted by lawmakers as they consider their appropriation to the Office of Juvenile Affairs.Buck, OJA’s executive director, is requesting a 7.6 percent increase in state funding, or an additional $7.35 million....  Read More...

  • OK Policy: Justice reinvestment offers a model to support vulnerable Oklahoma youth

    ASHLEY HARVEY // SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 // UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 OK POLICY BLOG // CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM // JUSTICE SYSTEM // KIDS COUNT // REHABILITATION & REINTEGRATIONOpen Justice Oklahoma’s newest report details Oklahoma’s massive, decades-long declines in juvenile crime and arrests. These decreases have led to a 69 percent decline in the rate of juvenile incarceration, in turn allowing the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) to r...  Read More...

  • OJA Hires Chief Psychologist

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:OJA Hires Chief PsychologistOKLAHOMA CITY (SEPT. 16, 2019)—A licensed child clinical psychologist has been hired as chief psychologist for the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA).Dr. Paul Shawler is an active researcher and a strong advocate for data-driven policy and family-centered services.   Read More...

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  • OJA Schedules Follow-up Meetings to Discuss Need for Community-based Services in 3 Southern Oklahoma Counties
  • NOTICE: 

    The Oklahoma State Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Office of Juvenile Affairs announce the availability of grant funding for delinquency prevention and diversion programs serving Native American youth. A pre-bid Conference will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7,  at the Office of Juvenile Affairs, Suite 400, 3812 N. Santa Fe Ave., Oklahoma City.  

    Application materials are due on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

    To view the grant application packet and additional details, click here.

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of Juvenile Affairs 

3812 N. Santa Fe Suite 400
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
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