WHAT WE DO
EIS provides basic needs help for children five and under. Families may come for assistance up to four times in a calendar year. Each visit, parents meet with an interviewer to discuss their particular child’s needs and the family’s situation and assistance is provided that same day. Basic needs items includes diapers, food, and formula. Children needing clothing may also receive items from our “boutique.” Additionally, EIS partners with local hospitals and other non-profit groups to assist with other items to keep infants safe and pregnant women healthy. If older family members need help, or a family needs something we do not provide, we will work to connect them with other resources in the community.
Children Living in Poverty
A disproportionate number of children in Oklahoma live in poverty. In fact, households with children under six are the most likely to live in poverty in our state. This is the exact group served here at Emergency Infant Services. It is vital that our children have access to the essentials during the first critical years of life, so that they can grow into the productive citizens that our communities need.
Families and children are defined as poor if family income is below the federal poverty threshold. The federal poverty level for a family of four with two children was $23,834 and extremely poor if living on less than $11,917 a year.
Oklahoma ranks 32nd in the United States for children living in poverty.
1 in 3 families experience diaper need.
Although the teen birth rate has declined nationally, the number of babies born to teen moms in Oklahoma actually increased.
Twenty nine percent of Oklahoma children
have no parent who is full time employed.
Fifty-five percent of Oklahoma children five and under live in low income homes according to National Center for Children in Poverty.
HOW WE HELP
When parents need help for their children, they can come to EIS without an appointment. We visit with them about what is going on with the family and what assistance they may need. We help with items like food, formula, diapers and clothes. Our services are geared to the children in the home five and under, and pregnant woman. If older family members need help, or a family needs something we do not provide, we work to connect them with other resources in the community. We can help each family up to four times in a calendar year, though the average family visits EIS only 1.3 times per year.