Child Abuse Network
Community-Based Child Abuse Intervention Program Centered Around the Child

 

The Child Abuse Network, Inc. is a charter member of the National Children’s Alliance (formerly the national Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers). CAN was incorporated in 1988 and is the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma.CAN is an independent, non-profit corporation funded by community donations and grants (Federal, State and City). CAN was established by public and private community service agencies specifically to address:

  • “System” re-traumatization of child abuse victims
  • Coordination of services and programs for child abuse victims and their families

CAN’s centralized approach facilitates seamless communication among the multidisciplinary team of agencies that investigate and prosecute child abuse. CAN is located in a safe, child-friendly facility known as the Children’s Advocacy Center (formerly Justice Center), which is designed for abused children and the agencies that are involved in child abuse investigations.

Our History

1986

The Child Abuse Network was developed as a partnership between

  • Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office
  • Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Tulsa County Department of Human Services – Child Welfare
  • Broken Arrow and City of Tulsa Police Departments
  • Tulsa Pediatric Society
  • Junior League of Tulsa

1988

The Child Abuse Network was incorporated and funded by the Junior League of Tulsa as a four-year project. CAN’s original offices were located at 15th Street and Denver.

1992

CAN moved its offices to the Children’s Advocacy Center (formerly called the Justice Center).

TODAY

CAN is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of twenty community representatives and six agency representatives:

  • District Attorney’s Office
  • Tulsa County Department of Human Services – Child Welfare
  • City of Tulsa Police Department
  • Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office
  • OU-Tulsa School of Community Medicine
  • Junior League of Tulsa