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 child abuse. CAN is located in a safe, child-friendly facility known as the Children’s Advocacy Center, which was specially designed for the comfort of children and families and the agencies involved in child abuse investigations.

Our History


The Child Abuse Network was developed as a partnership between

Tulsa Pediatric Society

Junior League of Tulsa

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office

Tulsa County Department of Human Services – Child Welfare

Broken Arrow and City of Tulsa Police Departments

Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office


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.


CAN is governed by Board of Directors comprised of 30 community members dedicated to the best interests of children and families impacted by trauma.