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Citizens Caring for Children, Inc.

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Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Child Abuse Prevention, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence

Mission: Citizens Caring for Children breaks the cycle of abuse and neglect by addressing the material, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of the foster children we serve... because every child deserves the chance for a better life. Through our programs Citizens Caring for Children builds self-esteem and develops character to give hope, change lives and creates healthy futures.

Target demographics: Citizens Caring for Children provides resources to children who meet the following requirements: age birth – 21, currently in custody of the State Department of Human Services, and living within Oklahoma, Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Lincoln, Logan and Pottawatomie counties.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Karen S.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

My son is 12 and has adhd and autism. He is a very sweet young man. My husband and I have been married for 20 years and he's always worked very hard to support us. Now he has become disabled and can no longer work. We have used all our savings and have NO money for basic necessities, clothes, shoes a Christmas tree or even a present. All I want is for him to have a good Christmas like he deserves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can relate with this non-profit.At one time in my life,I was an orphan and felt abandoned.I cried and was afraid.Hardly ever getting to see my sister.Only when it was time to eat in chow.What could I do to help you.Thank you for what you do.Amen.

1 Mentor1995

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been a volunteer and mentor for CCC since 2008. They are doing great work to help foster children and I highly recommend that you find some way to get involved. You will receive much more than you give.

1 Donna59

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Citizens Caring for Children one afternoon a week all year. It is the highlight of my week to be there with the staff that obviously care so much for their clients. The children and foster parents are so much fun to work with. It makes me smile to know that these deserving kids are getting new clothes, shoes, books, school supplies, uniforms, and so much more. Citizens Caring for Children is one of Oklahoma City's greatest nonprofits!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have found the organization to be very caring, very well run, with the goal of always trying to help foster children.

Amy_27

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a foster parent of three, the resources are priceless. The wonderful staff and volunteers always make it a joy. When the children get to go in person, you can see the ability for them to have a say in their unstructured lives, without any usual boundaries, just excitement and pride!!!

Leta F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

first class organization and people. when me and my wife became foster parents in 2008, citizens caring for children helped a lot. not only do they provide material items for the children, they also have a very nice staff and the children always have a pleasant visit. they do such great work for the children and the community.

Marie20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Foster Mother and I have had the honor of Volunteering for Joy 4 Kids with CC. It was not only a wonderful experiance to help out and shop for the Kids and bundle them up for each and every kid. Just by looking at what some wrote on the wish list gave you an idea of who the children are and there were some that I personally wanted to make sure that child got what they wanted it became my personal goal. Also for my children to be on the recieving side. Me and my children volenteered for a day at The Outlet Malls. There we had carnival type setting petting zoo, pony rides etc, ME and the Kiddos had a supertime. Some of these kids got to play ans pet real live animals and put a name to them and to feel them that had know of the animal but never got to see one up close and touch and feel it .

Shelley G.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have two foster children currently, and we have used CCC several times. It allows the children to "shop" in a controlled environment for new items of their choice in thier sizes. For many of these children they have had nothing or very little for so long that it is a thrilling experience for them to have a choice in something in their lives.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Citizens Caring for Children is an outstanding and caring organization, providing much needed clothing, school supplies... for foster parents caring for children. We are grateful for their service and provisions when our granddaughter was placed with us.

1 Sharyn F.

Client Served

Rating: 4

As a CASA I have had the opportunity to take three different family's of children to choose their school clothes from Citizens Caring For Chidren. The children were made to feel as if it were a regular shopping trip. The volunteers treated the children with respect and kindness each time. Last school year I had three teenaged girls and I was somewhat concerned about their feelings about accepting "charity" however I was wrong to worry. My girls were greeted by young women not much older then theirselfs and each one received personal attention. Each girl left with three new outfits a new pair of shoes and a backpack with a school years worth of supply's , this took a burden off the foster parents and everyone else. The girls were able to start school with new clothes like everyone else at school I can not stress enough how important this is to children in the foster care system.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Citizens Caring for Children has been a wonderful experience for me. They have helped me clothed many foster children. The staff always has a positive attitude and gets me in and hour very quickly. Withou this program, I would not be able to take on as many foster children as I have. Thank you for the wonderful service.

Kaycee H.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I completed my training to be a mentor with CCC in September of 2008 and was matched to my mentee that October. She and I have now been matched for almost 4 years. She was the Jr. Bridesmaid in my wedding. I have been to all her foster sister's weddings and baby showers and she has been to mine. She loves to get pedicures and do arts and crafts. Her favorite ice cream isn't ice cream at all. It is vanilla frozen yogurt and she loves to put all the toppings on herself. Her favorite color is lime green. We are "BFFs."

Adam F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Citizens Caring for Children! I am a foster parent and have been now since 2009. CCC is a wonderful resource I use to help me take care of these kids who have been neglected and abandoned by their families. I truly appreciate their help and assistance with getting clothes, personal hygiene items, and school supplies.

Sharon34

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered by donating and sorting new clothes, helping kids go shopping at the CCC store, wrapping many presents and, of course, donating money when we can. We were foster parents for years without a resource like this, and many times we sure could have used it! Foster parents and the kids that live with them are blessed by all the programs that Citizens Caring for Children has available for them. We think it is a much needed and very valuable addition to the foster care program in Oklahoma. Sharon and Tracy Freeny

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a foster parent for 6 different children over the last four years. Citizens Caring for Children have always been a great resource. With all the expenses that are not covered by DHS, they help with school supplies and 4 sets of clothes a year. They have saved me many times, especially when we first get a child and they come with nothing. They always make the kids feel special and the clothes they have are new and in style. The kids are always excited over the new shoes and a new back pack.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster parent and there is just not enough help for the children and foster parents in Oklahoma we foster several children and try to provide everything for them,they want brand names in shoes and clothes ,and we want them to have what we put on our very own children,because it's hard on children these days if you don't wear brand names you get made fun of kinda bullied,so I have to give credit to all the people for helping our foster children have brand names and nice shoes it's amazing to me the blessing these people are donating so much of their time for these children ..God bless you all and I have to thank Melba for the time she takes to letus know each time to bring our children..God bless you all!Great job...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer through the mentorship "leg" of the Citizens Caring for Children organization. I love mentoring my foster friend and really appreciate everything the CCC does to help us. They not only matched me to my foster friend, but also provide great insights into community events and even offer tickets to shows or ball games that help me fund our outings. CCC also provides clothing, books, school supplies, and entertaining games for the kiddos to take with them. Citizens Caring for Children offers a safe location with nurturing people to help both my foster friend's and my needs.

KellyandStacey B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered and many of the events organized by Citizens Caring for Children. Sorting and processing donatied clothing, assembling backpacks with school supplies for the children, participating in fundraisers at both Bids for Kids, Santa Stop, and the Redbud Classic, to name a few. These have been both fun and rewarding because of the passion the director and the entire staff have for doing everything in there power to insure the children served have a great experience when picking out their clothing as well as every foster parent feels appreciated for what they are doing to break the cycle these children are experiencing. Thank you Amy and Team, for making Citizens Caring for Children and important part of my life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a kinship foster parent for four and half years and have experienced receiving clothing, shoes, books and personal hygiene items. I have always had a great experience, nice and kind people and greatly appreciate the items we received. All were very helpful; also the school items to begin school with. Thank you for all you do!