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


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


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.


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


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