Babies and toddlers who are malnourished often suffer lasting behavioral and cognitive deficits. One in four babies in Oklahoma live in poverty, putting them at a moderate to high risk for developmental delay. Even one missed meal may have a negative effect on a child.
Infant Crisis Services is dedicated to fighting those statistics. The organization exists to be a place of comfort and respite for babies, toddlers and their families in times of need. The primary goal is to ensure clients leave with a week’s worth of diapers, food and formula. Clothing and other items such as toys, books, bottles and wipes are provided, but feeding and diapering babies is at the core of the mission.
Families with children under the age of four have access to these services a maximum of five times. Visits are by appointment only and each visit must be at least a week apart with the baby present at the appointment. Volunteers are on-hand to help take care of the children while mothers and fathers gather the items they need.
Inadequate access to diapers can have negative and long-lasting consequences on both the baby and their family. Babies who stay in a soiled diaper for too long can be exposed to potential health risks, and most childcare is hard to find, which makes obtaining and keeping employment even more challenging. For this reason, clients have the opportunity to fill out a resource worksheet where they can tell Infant Crisis Services about any other needs their family may have. A full-time Family Services Coordinator is available to meet with them and provide them with the proper resources.
Infant Crisis Services believes that early childhood nutrition is an integral part of any community’s health and future. When babies and toddlers are able to get the food they need to grow big and strong, everyone wins.