Baby Pantry

A lack of an adequate supply of diapers is a serious problem for parents with limited resources in our community. CCFI's Baby Pantry is stocked by in-kind donations from the community. This service offers families emergency baby supplies when their resources are extremely limited.

Families may come in twice a month, Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., to receive diapers and baby wipes free of charge. If you are in need of additional vital resources, please view our resource guide for more information. 

Did You Know?

  • Infants need up to 12 diapers per day; toddlers about 8 diapers per day.
  • 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.
  • Government assistance, such as WIC and SNAP (i.e. food stamps), do not cover diaper purchases (or other paper goods).
  • Nearly 50% of children enrolled in Norman Public Schools are eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program (2015) - a common indicator of childhood poverty.  
  • In low-income households, babies often spend the entire day or longer in a single diaper because the family cannot afford to buy an adequate supply of diapers (an adequate supply of diapers costs $70 - $80 per month).

What Types of Donations are Accepted?

The CCFI Baby Pantry accepts the following items:

  • Packaged diapers
  • Packaged wipes
  • Non-expired baby food
  • Formula
  • Baby shampoo, lotion, body wash
  • New/unused baby bottles
  • New/unused clothing
  • New or gently used plastic toys
  • School or office supplies

We do not accept the following items for donation:

  • Opened packages of diapers or diapers in any other non-origial packaging
  • pened packages of wipes
  • Stuffed animals or any fabric covered toys
  • Car seats
  • Used clothing

To donate diapers or to host a resource drive, please contact Paige Uhr at 405-364-1420 or puhr@ccfinorman.org.

Bringing Up Babies 

The first few years of every baby's life forms the foundation for that child's long-term health and capacity to learn.  Positive early childhood development and learning experiences are vital and CCFI believes that a child's parent(s) is his or her most important teacher.  CCFI's Bringing Up Babies program works with pregnant and already parenting parents to support parents as they create healthy and stimulating home environments for their children ages 0-6.

Home visits focus on: 

  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth readiness
  • Early childhood literacy and learning
  • Feeding options and breastfeeding support
  • Child development support and screenings
  • Sleep struggles
  • Setting positive limits
  • Finding resources
  • Setting family and parent goals

Weekly, bi-weekly or monthly visits are provided in the family home or at other preferred locations. Residents of Cleveland and Pottawatomie Counties qualify for this program if they are:

  • First time parents who are past 29 weeks of pregnancy or have a baby/toddler under 3 years old
  • Parents in their 2nd or 3rd pregnancy

How to Enroll

To enroll in the Bringing Up Babies program, please contact Lisa Linke at 405-364-1420 or llinke@ccfinorman.org.


Bringing Up Babies is a parentPRO and Parents as Teachers affiliate. 

 

Boys & Girls Club of Norman

Boys & Girls Club of Norman at CCFI provides a safe and caring out-of-school environment for children and youth who live in neighborhoods that experience high levels of poverty and crime or in homes that need additional support.  Services are designed to provide resource connections for the families and opportunities for improved social skills,
self-esteem and child development of the youth. The Club’s after-school, evening, and summer enrichment opportunities include:

  • Programs for academic success, healthy lifestyles and character and leadership development
  • Recreational activities
  • Positive adult mentoring
  • Family-oriented events and activities

The Club is open for services Monday - Friday, 3:00-7:00 p.m. and follows Norman Public Schools' calendar. We serve kids ages 6-18, and provide a meal and snack every day. We transport kids from Kennedy, Adams, Wilson Elementary, and Irving Middle School, and staff walk children from Jefferson Elementary. All students in Norman Public Schools are welcome, but parents/guardians are responsible for transportation if school is not listed above.

 

How to Enroll

To enroll in Boys & Girls Club of Norman, please complete a membership application and provide the following:

  • Copy of your child's birth certificate
  • Paid enrollment fee ($10 fee per semester, $20 fee for summer program)
    No child will be denied membership due to inability to pay
  • Signed and returned parent handbook

Turn in enrollment form and other documentation to the CCFI front desk Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


For more information, please contact Vernon Hooks, Unit Director, at 405-364-1420 or vhooks@ccfinorman.org.


Boys & Girls Club of Norman is a Herbalife Family Foundation Funding Organization.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Program at CCFI specializes in working with infants and their caregivers, children and youth, ages 0-17. Our therapeutic philosophy is grounded in the fact that children need healthy relationships with adults to maximize their potential. CCFI’s counseling team addresses trauma and behavioral issues with children and teens and engages parents in support and education services so that they are better equipped to cope with situations at home.  

Our services address the destructive results of stress and trauma, such as:

  • Difficulty attaching and bonding
  • Struggling to keep stable relationships with family and friends
  • Anxiety, fear, avoidance
  • Intense, frequent tantrums
  • Unpredictable crying or outbursts of anger
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Sleep disruption
  • Behavior that looks like hyper-activity
  • Inability to calm or stay calm
  • Problems at school or daycare

Our counseling team uses a variety of child and family friendly models to design family specific interventions.  We are proud to use the Trust-Based Relationship Intervention (TRBI®) and Theraplay® models as well as methods from Art Therapy, Movement Therapy, Play Therapy and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among others.       

Counseling services are available through Medicaid and private pay and are based on a sliding scale.


For more information, please contact Heather Baker at 405-364-1420 or hbaker@ccfinorman.org.

Divorce and Co-Parenting Services

Our divorce and co-parenting services work to reduce childhood stress and strengthen parent-child relationships during high conflict divorce, separation, paternity and guardianship issues through parent education classes, mediation, and supervised visits and/or exchanges. All services are available for parents in separation situations, including parents who were never married, those in the process of getting a divorce, those who have been divorced for years, and families with child guardianship. Services are offered to families that are court-ordered, DHS recommended, but families may also attend on a voluntary basis.


Divorce and Children (DC)

The Divorce and Children class is designed to help divorcing and separating couples focus on what is in the best interest of the children and how to work more cooperatively and effectively with each other. Cleveland County requires the completion of this course for all divorcing couples with minor children.

Registration is based on a first come, first paid basis and can be done online, in person or by faxing a completed registration form to the Center for Children and Families at 405-364-1433. 

Downloadable Divorce and Children Registration Form [2017 Schedule] 


CLASS DETAILS:

  • $50 class fee
  • 4 hour class (class sizes are limited) 
  • Available 2 weekends per month
  • No child care is provided

 

CLASS LOCATIONS:

Divorce and Children classes are held at two locations: CCFI and Crossroads Youth & Family Services, Inc. Please be sure to double check the class schedule to determine exact class location. 


Children in the Middle (CIM)

The CIM curriculum provides valuable skills for parents who are in high-conflict situations due to divorce, separation, or ongoing child custody issues and is designed to help parents communicate with each other and establish a functional family environment for their children. 

This 8 week program is required for families in our mediation, supervised visit and/or exchange services. This class may be court ordered, DHS recommended, child support enforcement referral or taken voluntarily. All opposing parties must take separate classes. If your class is full or the other party has previously enrolled, you will be contacted to reschedule. 

Registration can be done in person or by faxing a completed registration form to the Center for Children and Families at 405-364-1433.

Downloadable Children in the Middle Registration Form [2017 Schedule] 
 

CLASS DETAILS: 

  • Free, 8-week program 
  • 1.5 hour sessions, once per week
  • No child care is provided

CLASS TOPICS:

Week 1: Introductions: Child’s Best Interest
Week 2: Divorced Parenting Styles
Week 3: Communication Skills
Week 4: Court vs. Mediation
Week 5: The Loyalty Bind
Week 6: Badmouthing and Alienation
Week 7: Child Support and Visitation
Week 8: Child Behavior and Play Therapy

 

CLASS SCHEDULE:

 

Monday Evenings
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

May 22 - July 17

July 24 - Sept 18

Sept 25 - Nov 13

Nov 20 - Jan 22, 2018
 

 

Tuesday Evenings
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

April 25 - June 13

June 20 - Aug 15

Aug 22 - Oct 10

Oct 17 - Dec 12

Wed. Mornings
11:00 - 12:30 p.m.

May 31 - July 19

July 26 - Sept 13

Sept 20 - Nov 8

Nov 15 - Jan 10, 2018
 

CLASS LOCATIONS:

 

Monday & Wednesday classes are at held at:

Moore-Norman Technology Center
(Franklin Road Campus)

4701 12th Ave NW
Norman, OK 73069
405-364-5763 

*Registration can be done in person or by faxing a completed registration form to the Center for Children and Families at
405-364-1433.

 

 

Tuesday evening classes are held at:

Moore-Norman Technology Center
(South Penn Campus)

13303 South Penn Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73170
405-364-5763

*Registration can be done in person or by faxing a completed registration form to the Center for Children and Families at
405-364-1433.

 


Supervised Visits and Exchanges

Supervised visit and exchange services provide both children and parents with a safe, conflict-free environment to establish and build positive parent-child interactions and to promote healthy family functioning. Many children do not have the opportunity to have healthy and consistent relationships with their parent(s) due to long-time lapses in contact, parental issues and/or safety issues.  With professional support at a neutral location, a child’s trauma is reduced and parents are less apt to engage in destructive or harmful behaviors in front of their children.

Supervised exchanges reduce contact between parents and allow a child’s transition between homes to be in a conflict-free atmosphere.  Our goal is to make a third party facilitator of exchanges unnecessary by supporting the entire family.  

NOTE: Supervised visits and exchanges are only available if both parties have taken the Children in the Middle (CIM) class and are court ordered to CCFI.  


Mediation

In mediation, a neutral professional assists family members in discussing and resolving family and parenting issues. Parents use the communication and parenting skills they will have learned in taking the “Children in the Middle” class in order to develop unique parenting plans that meet the needs of their children. The “Children in the Middle” program must be complete in order to be eligible. Services are based on a sliding scale fee.

NOTE: This service is only available if you are participating in our supervised visitation/exchange program and are court ordered to CCFI. 


For more information, please contact Tiffany Wells at 405-364-1420 or TWells@ccfinorman.org.


Parents Assistance

The Parents Assistance (PA) program helps parents create and sustain healthy, safe, and nurturing relationships with their children, and serves families who are struggling with difficult family dynamics. Many families are referred by the child welfare system or the court system, but families may also attend on a voluntary basis.

PA services include group and individual counseling, parent education, case management, and advocacy. Services are offered at various times throughout the week and will be assigned at the time of assessment.

How to Enroll

Step 1: Stop by Center for Children and Families to complete a PA enrollment form [offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.].

Step 2:  Once your enrollment has been processed, you will be contacted via phone to schedule an assessment.

Step 3: After you’ve completed an assessment, you will be invited to join various parenting groups within 4 weeks.


For more information, please contact Ashley Muns at 405-364-1420 or amuns@ccfinorman.org.

Our Services

CCFI provides a range of effective services to heal children who have been wounded by relationship trauma, empower youth to reach their full potential as caring adults and strengthen families who are struggling with parenting challenges.


Healing Children

We provide hope and healing to children, youth and families who have experienced all forms of abuse, neglect, and/or other traumatic experiences. Children’s play therapy, family therapy, therapeutic groups, and individual counseling help children and their biological, foster and/or adoptive parents achieve safe, stable and healthy family relationships. Counseling services are available to children and families throughout Cleveland County and surrounding communities.

Counseling Services


Empowering Youth

Our goal is to ensure that every child and youth living in Norman has access to safe, enriching out-of-school opportunities to support their social and emotional development, enhance and enrich their academic experiences, and help them realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. After-school services are available through Boys & Girls Club of Norman at CCFI for children and youth ages 6 - 18.

Boys & Girls Club of Norman


Strengthening Families

Every family has strengths and challenges that impact the lives of their children. CCFI supports healthy parent-child relationships and family functioning through parent education and support services, supervised visits and exchanges, home visitation for parents of babies and young children, and case management and referral services.  Services are available to families in Cleveland, Pottowatamie and Oklahoma Counties.

Baby Pantry
Bringing Up Babies
Divorce and Co-Parenting Services
Parents Assistance
Teen Parent Services
 


Teen Parenting Services

Teen parents often have a higher drop-out rate for high school completion, are less likely to attend post high school education and may struggle with abuse and neglect.  For nearly 25 years, CCFI has offered parenting groups for pregnant and parenting teens - particularly in partnership with the Norman Baby Steps Coalition,  with terrific success.  In 2016, 90% of CCFI’s teen parent Seniors graduated high-school - this is more than twice the national graduation rate for pregnant or parenting teens.  Many Cleveland County teen parents can access Home visits and individual/family counseling through other services at CCFI as well.  

Baby Steps Groups are peer-led, staff supported and focus on:

  • Pregnancy/Childbirth Readiness
  • Feeding
  • Early childhood development and learning
  • Sleeping Struggles
  • Setting Positive Limits
  • Finding Resources
  • Setting Family and Parent Goals
  • Getting to Graduation and Beyond
  • Housing
  • Applying for Colleges/Job Training
  • Relationship Issues

 

How to Enroll

For students currently enrolled in Norman Public Schools, talk to your school counselor to learn more about the Baby Steps Program, or contact Kelley Nedbalek at 405-364-1420 or KNedbalek@ccfinorman.org.