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Resources for Immigrant Families

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Dear families,
We live by our values at Tulsa Public Schools, and central to those is our belief in equity and our commitment to supporting, affirming, valuing, and loving - deeply - every single child and family that we serve. Based on the United States Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe, all children have a constitutional right to have equal access to public education regardless of their immigration status or their parents’ status. As of June 2019, we understand that the federal government is still following guidance that designates schools as sensitive locations where immigration enforcement actions should not happen. Therefore, we do not anticipate that immigration enforcement actions would take place at our school buildings. However, in the event that federal immigration agents came to a school, they would not be permitted to take any action or obtain any information unless indisputably required by law and following an intensive internal legal review.
Every child in our care and every person on our team deserves to feel safe and welcomed in Tulsa Public Schools, and we will continue to support and protect our immigrant families. We are proud to stand alongside of all of our families and will continue to do all that we can to advocate on behalf of the children we serve.

Signature of Deborah Gist

Deborah A. Gist 


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What impact does undocumented immigration status have on my child’s education?
None! Children have a constitutional right to have equal access to education regardless of their immigration status or their parents’ status.
Does Tulsa Public Schools ask for a child’s immigration status when he or she enrolls?
No. Tulsa Public Schools enrolls students regardless of their immigration status and without discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin. Plyler v. Doe, 457 U.S. 202 (1982), established that the immigration status of a student is irrelevant to that student’s entitlement to an elementary and secondary public education.
Would the school district ever share our students’ immigration status with the federal immigration officials?
As mentioned above, we do not ask for students’ immigration status when they enroll. However, if we became aware of a student’s lack of immigration status, we would not share that information with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
What does Tulsa Public Schools do to ensure that no student or family is discriminated against or harassed because of their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin?
Equity is one of our core values. We have policies in place that prohibit discrimination or harassment of our students, families or employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin and many other protected classes. View our policies on discrimination and harassment.
What should I do if I feel like I have been the victim of discrimination or harassment?
Please report the behavior immediately to a supervisor, school leader or to the superintendent. Complaints and concerns can be filed using our TIPS reporting system at 918-746-6868. We take these complaints very seriously in order to assure that our schools continue to be safe spaces.
What should I do if I want to understand my immigration rights?
Only immigration attorneys can provide you with accurate advice about immigration status and how you can pursue any legal rights you might have. You can seek an immigration attorney from the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Will there be any immigration enforcement actions on school grounds?
As of today, we believe that the federal government is still following guidance that designates schools as sensitive locations where immigration enforcement actions should not happen. For more details on sensitive locations, please review the Enforcement Actions at or Focused on Sensitive Locations document from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Hispanic Organizations and Advocacy Services

Coalition of Hispanic Organizations

Non-profit organization. Offers resources and support through advocacy and free community events with a focus on immigration, health and education. (Spanish interpretation)

Coalition for the American Dream

Non-profit organization. Advocacy/immigration. (Spanish interpretation)

Blanca Zavala

Dream Act Oklahoma

Youth lead coalition that is an official affiliate with United We DREAM. Offers support the local immigrant community through advocacy and education

Special education and advocacy services

Oklahoma Parent Center

Offers training and advocacy services for parents of children with disabilities.


Beth Miranda
Multilingual Training Specialist

Sooner SUCCESS Program

Advocacy services for parents of children with disabilities.

Tonda Ames

Gardenia Celaya (Se habla español.)

Family Services

family support & case management services

Hope Pregnancy Center

Free pregnancy resource center. Services include: free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, and free pregnancy option education who need guidance and support.

Se habla español.
M-F  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

13012 E. 21st St.


The Parent Child Center of Tulsa

Home-based parent education program that increases parents' knowledge of their child's emerging development and focuses on improving parent-child relationships. The program requires the family to have at least one child 5 and under. 

Janetta Burton
bilingual referral coordinator


Tulsa Health Department - Sooner Care Application Assistance

Enrollment assistance is available in English and Spanish. Assistance with SoonerCare, SoonerPlan (family planning), and Soon to be Sooners for pregnant women, children and non-disabled adults who share a household with a minor child.

Se habla español.

Do you need help completing a SoonerCare application?

Maternal Child Health Outreach Program

Expecting mothers, young children and their families receive assistance from outreach and social workers. Spanish and English speaking staff are available to provide services in a clinic, community or home-based setting. Services include: link to other community services, referrals to basic needs, depression screenings, mental health treatment, case management.


Community service council - Power of Families Project

Provide successful equitable early childhood experiences for children who are not able to access formal early childhood programs and/or whose first language is not English.

Se habla español.

The Power of Families Project

Domestic Violence Intervention Services(DVIS) 

Free comprehensive, confidential domestic violence and sexual assault services, including safe housing, counseling, case management, education, advocacy, and legal services for Tulsa County and Creek County. We serve all genders and all languages.

Se habla español.

3124 E. Apache St.

Molly Bryant
Underserved Outreach Advocate

Family Safety Center

Provides services for victims of domestic violence. Bilingual services available. They provide:

  • assistance obtaining emergency protective orders for victims of domestic violence,
  • help and resources to children exposed to domestic violence,
  • legal support and representation to victims of domestic violence,
  • referral to safe, confidential emergency shelter,
  • safety and prevention education.

Se habla español.24 Hour Emergency Number: 918-743-5763
Family Safety Center

Emergency Assistance & residential programs

Emergency Infant Services

Emergency Infant Services provides basic needs help for children five and under. Families may come for assistance up to four times in a calendar year. Four locations in east, south and downtown Tulsa.

Se habla español.

Jacky Lazarin
Bilingual Intervier/Referrals

Omayra Rivera
East Side Coordinator

Birth Right of Tulsa

Asssistance for low income families with small children or expecting mothers who are struggling at not cost. Free services include: Pregnancy testing, counseling and support, parenting classes, clothing, referrals, selective financial assistance.

Connie Sullivan
Executive Director

(24-hour hotline)

Catholic Charities: St. Padre Pio Emergency Assistance Center

Emergency Assistance provides food, clothing and social service assistance. Food, clothing and medication assistance are available Tuesday-Friday from 9 a.m. until they reach capacity for the day.  Other programs are offered seasonally, including Coats for Kids, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, and, if available, Christmas toys, school supplies, fans and air conditioners

Catholic Charities is no longer offering financial assistance for rent and utilities.

Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
3rd Saturday 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

918-508-7160 (English)
918-508-7161 (Español)

Catholic Charities - Emergency Assistance

Catholic Charities: Residential Programs 

St. Elizabeth Lodge is a transitional housing and support service program for working, homeless mothers with children.

Se habla español.

Catholic Charities - St. Elizabeth Lodge

Madonna House is a residential program for women who are pregnant and above the age of 18. This transitional program assists women and their newborn children. 

Se habla español.

Catholic Charities - Madonna House

Catholic Charities: Refugee Services

Refugee Services coordinates the reception and transitional needs of refugees resettled by the US State Department, including housing, food, and case management services.

Catholic Charities - Refugee Services

Tulsa health department - Child Guidance

Specialized assistance to families that include young children with challenging behaviors. Child Guidance includes Audiology, Behavioral Health Services, Child Development, and Speech and Language Pathology. Audiology can serve patients from birth to 21 years old, while other services only include up to the age of 12. Services provided include: parenting groups, infant massage, coping skills, social skills, parent-child interaction therapy, theraplay, child-parent psychotherapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.

If a patient does not have insurance they work off of a sliding scale fee (based on family income and how many people supported by that income).

Spanish and Burmese interpreters available. Behavioral Health services available in Spanish.

Se habla español.


THD - Behavioral Health


Tulsa Health department Family Services


Offers services for pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women, infants and children up to the age of 5. Those currently receiving Medicaid, SNAP or TANF, automatically eligible for WIC benefits.

  • Nutritional and health screenings.
  • Food benefits for supplemental food.
  • Nutrition information and counseling.
  • Referrals and follow-up.
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Breast pumps
  • Infant formula

Cost: No cost.
Must provide proof of income, Oklahoma address and approved ID.


  • Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have recently given birth/ Infants/ Children up to the age of five
  • Live in the state of Oklahoma
  • Have a family income within program limits

Se habla español.
ကျနော်တို့မြန်မာစကားပြောဆို (We speak Burmese.)

Tulsa Health Department Locations


THD offers comprehensive confidential family planning services including physical examinations, pregnancy tests, laboratory screening tests, contraceptives, counseling and referrals for other services. Contraception choices include Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Implant and IUD/IUS; oral contraceptives; Depo-Provera shot; Nuvaring; condoms and film; emergency contraception and referral for vasectomy or tubal ligations.  Education and information will be provided to prepare for a healthy pregnancy.

Teen only reproductive health services are available every Monday 4:00PM – 6:00PM at the North Regional Health and Wellness Center located at 5635 North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Cost: Family Planning services are available to women and men on a sliding scale fee-for-service based on family income.  THD also accepts private insurance including Medicaid, SoonerCare, Soonerplan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Community Care, Health Choice.

Se habla español.


Locations: James O. Goodwin Health Center, Central Regional Health Center, North Regional Health and Wellness Center, Collinsville Health Center, Sand Springs Health Center

TULSA HEALTH DEPARTMENT - developmental screenings

Developmental screenings for children can be an important first step in identifying possible developmental issues with your child. Developmental screenings for the five main areas of development (communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving and personal-social) are available for children age one month to eight years old.

Cost: Charges for services are based on your family size and income. SoonerCare and some private insurances are accepted. You won’t be refused services if you are unable to pay.

Se habla español.


Locations: James O. Goodwin Health Center, Central Regional Health Center


Children First is a family-centered program that utilizes home based services by registered nurses (RNs) to help first-time mothers and their families prepare for parenthood. Mothers receive information on promoting a healthy, safe lifestyle for their family while gaining a greater understanding of the types of help and resources available to them in the community.

Services include:

  • Regular home based services conducted by a registered nurse: every week for four weeks, then every other week until the baby is born; every week for six weeks, then every other week until the baby is 21 months old; and every month until the baby is two years old.
  • Family medical history.
  • Physical exam of the unclothed infant or child.
  • Measurement of height, weight, and head of infant or child.
  • Assessment of the family's health habits, nutrition, and eating practices.
  • Education on family planning.
  • Education on discipline choices, parent skills, and child development.
  • Education on illness, accidents, and injury prevention.
  • Grief counseling for families experiencing the loss of a child.
  • Referrals to resources based on family needs.

Cost: No cost

Se habla español.


Locations: James O. Goodwin Health Center


The Tulsa Health Department’s Healthy Start program works to ensure our babies are healthy, safe and thriving. Healthy Start provides free and confidential clinic triage and home visitation case management services for expecting and postpartum moms and their babies up to age two. The goal of the program is to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality. Healthy Start directly connects families to a wide variety of services.

Services include:

  • Assistance with prenatal and postpartum care
  • Access to well-baby visits and childhood immunizations
  • Referrals to WIC services
  • Family planning assistance and interconception care
  • Parenting skills
  • Food, clothing, baby needs and housing assistance
  • Links to local resources for jobs, child care, counseling and education

Cost: No cost

Se habla español.


​​​​​​​Locations: North Regional Health and Wellness Center

TULSA HEALTH DEPARTMENT - maternal child health outreach

The Maternal Child Health Outreach program works to identify and address individual maternal and child health issues, needs, and barriers with a focus on improved birth outcomes. In addition, the team also includes community system development specialists to raise public awareness about infant mortality in the Tulsa Community on a system level and develop and implement intervention and prevention strategies. Expecting mothers, young children and their families receive assistance from outreach and social workers. Spanish and English speaking staff are available to provide services in a clinic, community or home-based setting.

Services include:

  • SoonerCare application assistance
  • Links to other services both internal at THD and external in the community
  • Referrals to basic needs
  • Depression screenings
  • Warm hand-offs to mental health treatment, case management and to other appropriate resource as needed
  • Educational messages including birth spacing and reproductive life planning

Cost: No cost

Se habla español.


​​​​​​​Locations: North Regional Health and Wellness Center

Legal and Employment

Immigration and Legal Services

Legal Aid of Oklahoma

Provide free or low cost services to eligible low income people, and senior citizens. Attorneys and paralegals at Legal Aid can help with civil, non-criminal cases involving basic needs.

Se habla español 

Juana Lozier
Hispanic community outreach

Catholic Charities: Immigration Services

Immigration services for nominal fees. Their office is staffed by specialized personnel, including 4 immigration attorneys and 2 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) accredited immigration representatives. Services offered in English, Spanish, Burmese, Russian, and Arabic.

Robert Messerli

Catholic Charities - Immigration Services

YWCA - Immigrant and Refugee Services

Immigration services - bilingual. Staff includes a full-time immigration attorney and bilingual Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) - accredited immigration representatives. Specialize in naturalization and family-based cases, assisting U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents to petition for family members to come to the U.S., including spouses, married and unmarried children, parents, siblings, and fiancé(e). Other services include: Refugee social services, English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes, Citizenship classes Interpretation and translation services.

8145 E. 17th St.

YWCA - East

Tulsa University's Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network

Direct representation in immigration proceedings to noncitizens of Tulsa, as well as information on immigrant rights, law and process to both the noncitizen community and to those who provide services to this community.
Se habla español 

407 S. Florence Ave.

TU - Tulsa Immigrant Resource Network

Labor rights, employment & training

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Labor rights/Education associated with low-wage, limited basic education, and other vulnerable populations and to help workers understand their rights and the responsibilities of their employers. Assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. (Se habla español.)

Jorge DeLucca
Compliance Assistance Specialist

Goodwill Job Connection

Training and employment opportunities. Bilingual services for Spanish speaking clients available at their Midtown location.

1665 S. Yale Ave. 

Stacey Cole

Adonis Escobar
Job Connection Specialist
Se habla español

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