Who is the
Child Advocacy
Network?

CAN serves as the coordinator for the multiple agencies that interact with children of reported child abuse.  

 

 

About CAN

The Child Advocacy 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’s mission is to provide collaborative intervention services to child abuse victims, so they are encouraged to embrace a future driven by hope.

Why was CAN created?

CAN was established by public and private community service agencies specifically to address:“System” re-traumatization of child abuse victims.
CAN formalized a centralized coordination of services and programs for child abuse victims and their families to ensure traumatization is minimized, support is readily accessible, and a comprehensive network of care is established.

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.

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.

CAN's Impact by the Numbers

42,000

CAN has provided intervention services to over  40,000 abused and neglected children since its inception.

68

Counties in Oklahoma

11

States across the nation

9

Tribes

8

Federal & State Investigative Agencies

1986

The Child Abuse Network was developed as a partnership between The Junior League of Tulsa, Tulsa Pediatric Society Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Broken Arrow Police Department, Tulsa Police Department. and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office

1988

The Child Abuse Network was incorporated and funded by the Junior League of Tulsa as a four-year project.  To date, this is the largest gift made by JLT to any community organization. CAN’s original offices were located at 15th Street and Denver.

1992

CAN moved its offices to a newly constructed, state of the art "Children’s Advocacy Center" located at 28th and Sheridan.

2023 & Beyond

1986

The Child Abuse Network was developed as a partnership between The Junior League of Tulsa, Tulsa Pediatric Society Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Broken Arrow Police Department, Tulsa Police Department. and the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office

1988

The Child Abuse Network was incorporated and funded by the Junior League of Tulsa as a four-year project.  To date, this is the largest gift made by JLT to any community organization. CAN’s original offices were located at 15th Street and Denver.

1992

CAN moved its offices to a newly constructed, state of the art "Children’s Advocacy Center" located at 28th and Sheridan.

2023

Child Advocacy Network Today

We are thrilled to unveil our new brand at the Child Advocacy Network! This exciting development marks a significant milestone for our organization and underscores our commitment to making a lasting impact in the fight against child abuse. A brand logo holds immense power to communicate our mission, values, and dedication to the cause. It serves as a visual representation of who we are and what we stand for. By refreshing our brand, we are revitalizing our image and positioning ourselves to reach new audiences, inspire greater engagement, and foster increased support for our vital work. – Maura Guten- President and CEO

The rebranding effort, coinciding with the construction of the new facility, represents a significant milestone in CAN’s evolution. It acknowledges the growth and expansion of the organization’s services while reinforcing its core values of compassion, advocacy and empowerment. The Child Advocacy Network is committed to breaking the cycle of abuse, promoting healing, and fostering resilience among child abuse victims and their non-offending families.

As part of this transformative journey, the Child Advocacy Network is thrilled to unveil its brand-new, purpose-built facility. This state-of-the-art building has been meticulously designed by Selser Schaefer Architects and constructed by Nabholz Construction under the management of Link Consulting, to provide a single, safe and child-friendly location for all intervention services. Equipped with the latest technology, comforting interiors and specially trained staff, the facility increases capacity from:

 

"With our expanded facility, we are better equipped than ever to provide a safe, nurturing, and child-centered environment for victims of abuse, offering them hope, healing, and a pathway to a brighter future, and our new name better reflects that commitment.”