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CAN Superhero Challenge March 29, 2015 Photo courtesy of Matt Moore

Spring 2015

Leadership Letter Many of our supporters like you receive Tuesday’s Tidbits, the weekly emailed newsletter that provides updates about activities at the Center. I usually peruse it quickly, but recently, my jaw dropped because the newsletter revealed that 75 children were seen and received services at the Child Advocacy Center during the week of February 23-28. Ten kids were under the age of three. Fifteen of those were crisis calls. Just like I’m sure you do, I immediately think about what those children must have experienced and how grateful I am that our community provides them a safe and child-friendly place to have their voices heard.

I also think about how difficult a week like that undoubtedly is on the people who work at CAN’s Children’s Advocacy Center. Everyone at CAN and our partner agencies are already stretched so thin. These professionals have dedicated their work to helping children in the midst of abuse allegations, and as a community we continue to ask more and more of them. What we once hoped was a blip in the increased number of children CAN serves has proven to be our new reality: in Fiscal Year 2011, we saw 1,947 children. Since then, numbers have hovered around 2,500. In Fiscal Year 2014, 2562 children were served. The good news is that the Tulsa Community has listened and responded with wonderful support, which is needed now more than ever. As a United Way partner, CAN has the opportunity to participate in the Tulsa Area United Way’s Day of Caring. On September 5, 2014, we were lucky to welcome 200 QuikTrip employees who volunteered to provide an incredible facelift to CAN’s facilities. You may recall in 2013, CAN’s administrative staff moved into the gymnasium to make room at the Center; QuikTrip built offices and conference facilities for them in this space. Their volunteers re-painted the Center, did landscaping and fence repair, installed new signage, and re-did bathrooms. What an amazing donation and morale booster! CAN and its partner agencies are so grateful to the generosity of the United Way, QuikTrip and its employees. The last six months have also seen an incredible community response to CAN’s two fundraisers the CAN Superhero Challenge, a family-oriented obstacle course run on March 29, 2015, and the CANdlelight Ball, an elegant black-tie fundraiser that will occur on April 25, 2015. These two events keep CAN’s staff and volunteers very busy, but the results are worth it in terms of raising funds, raising awareness, and solidifying positive relationships with CAN’s wonderful donors. CAN continues to be the only non-profit in Tulsa that provides child abuse intervention services. Along with our partner agencies, we continue to utilize our resources in the most efficient way possible to provide services to as many children as possible. Although the work is hard, the Center is a place of hope for the children we serve. Without your generosity, the 1 in 17 children who is involved in a DHS abuse investigation or assessment in Tulsa County each year would not have a safe place to be heard and to start healing. The numbers are staggering, and they appear to be our community’s new reality. Thank you for responding and for your continued assistance and support.

Adrienne Barnett

FY 2015 Board of Directors Adrienne L. Barnett, president T. Carley Williams, president-elect and treasurer Rebecca Thompson, secretary Susan L. Gross, past president Kirk O. Bailey Lauren Bingham Paul Coury Major Julie Harris District Attorney Tim Harris Major Tom Huckeby Ashley Hudgeons April Brookover Margwarth Cari Marshall Amanda McConnell Julie Merritt Nikki Miller Tim Neuman Kim Nicholas Jared Pawelka Marnie Phelps Ray Poudrier Caleb Starr Barbara E. Findeiss, executive director

CAN Service Statistics

Fiscal Year: July 1, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014

1,189 518 458 213

Total number of new children served:

Ages: 0-6 years:

Ages: 7-12 years:

Ages: 13-17 years:

Children were seen for the following alleged abuse:

600 Sexual abuse

Vision: To be the foundation for the most effective community response to reported child abuse and provide children a turning point on the pathway to healing. Mission: To provide collaborative intervention services to child abuse victims, so that they are encouraged to embrace a future driven by hope. Philosophy: Child abuse damages our community’s most vulnerable citizens and often has generational implications. In the context of violence, child abuse is a public health problem that presents complex social and moral dilemmas concerning its cause, effect and remedy. Addressing child abuse requires a comprehensive plan with multiple, coordinated strategies. State law requires EVERY person to report suspicion of abuse or neglect to the Department of Human Services. If you suspect that a child is being abused and/or neglected call: Oklahoma hotline: (800) 522-3511 National hotline: (800)-4ACHILD (800) 422-4453



487 Physical abuse

Witness to violence


22 3 2 50 Other

(of which 18 were fatalities)

Professionals at the Center:

child specialists

board certified child abuse pediatricians see on average kids a week Types of appointments

(not all children seen at the Center receive the same services):

862 410 207 Forensic Interviews

Medical Evaluations

Mental Health Consultations

New Name. New Paint. same center. The Justice Center has a new name: Children’s Advocacy Center

CAN is proud to announce that the Justice Center has a new name - the Children’s Advocacy Center. It’s the Pictured above are volunteers, donors, staff and board members who attended the Annual Appreciation same great Center with all of the wonderful partner agencies still under one roof, it just has a new name and Reception on June 26. fancy new look. The name change was an initiative led by all the partner agencies. Everyone felt it was time for a new name that distinguished us from the other Justice Centers in town (Juvenile Justice Center, Broken Arrow Justice Center, Creek County Criminal Justice Center, David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center) and reflected the great work of all the agencies involved! Many thanks to our friends at QuikTrip for the donation of the signs and much needed face lift on the building!

THANK YOU, QUIKTRIP! On Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, over 200 employees from QuikTrip volunteered for the Tulsa Area United Way’s Annual Day of Caring at CAN. Volunteers showed up at 7 a.m. that morning and didn’t leave until 5:30 p.m. that night. Projects they worked on included: landscaping, painting the Center, repairing and painting the fence, organizing storage in the gym, building cubicles for the administration staff in the gym, putting down carpet and moving furniture. View photos from the Day of Caring projects on the CAN Facebook page (facebook.com/childabusenetwork). Watch a YouTube video produced by Cal Findeiss on the CAN website (childabusenetwork.org). This video shows the amazing transformation that happened on Sept. 5! Many, many thanks to the volunteers for ALL they did! Special Thanks to project coordinators: Doug Cussimanio, Bryan Williams and Tim Kempf.

You can be a superhero for kids!


CAN Superhero Challenge is a fun and family-friendly event that gives your inner Superhero the chance to shine! The 2nd annual event is set for Sunday, March 29 at the beautiful POSTOAK Lodge & Retreat. Our presenting sponsors this year are D&L Oil Tools and QuikTrip.


Dress up like your favorite Superhero! There will be two obstacle challenges: the Sidekick Challenge for 12 years and younger (parents can accompany their child), and the Superhero Challenge for 13 years and older. After the Challenges, there will be fun and games available including inflatables, bounce houses, photo opportunities, face painting, food and more!



Also, there is a $500 cash award that will be given to the school with the most participation in either Challenge. CAN will notify the winning school. “The event is open to all ages...all Superheroes are welcome to participate,” said Marnie Phelps, event chair. “We are encouraging everyone to grab their capes, put on their masks, and feel like a kid again.” For more details about the event, visit childabusenetwork.org or facebook.com/CANSuperheroChallenge. For questions, call 918-624-0201 or email events@childabusenetwork.org.

Leslie Croteau and Marnie Phelps, event co-chairs for CAN Superhero Challenge.

4th annual CANdlelight Ball The 4th Annual CANdlelight Ball is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 at The Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa. This event is sure to be a magical evening for all who attend. Attendees will enjoy dinner, dancing, fabulous auction packages to bid on, majestic entertainment and a few surprises. This year’s theme is “every child is a precious jewel” representing the uniqueness of every child we see here at the Center. Our Honorary Chair is former District Attorney Tim Harris. Our event chair is Amanda McConnell. We are thrilled that The Barnett Family Foundation and the Hillcrest HealthCare System are our Illuminate sponsors this year. We are so grateful for all of our fabulous sponsors! (Photos courtesy of Valerie Grant Visuals) Tyra Palmer and Kevin Gross with Hillcrest HealthCare System, Amanda McConnell and Barbara Findeiss.

For more information on how you can become a sponsor and attend this unforgettable event, please visit childabusenetwork.org or call 918-624-0201.

Tim Harris, former district attorney, is Honorary Chair. Amanda McConnell, CAN board member, is Event Chair.

Thank You, Patrons, Donors & Volunteers!

Thank You!

We offer our deepest gratitude to all who support CAN. Your generous gifts enable us to help abused children. The donors noted represent the gifts received from July 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014. We are grateful for every donation. If there is an error or omission, please contact the Development office at (918) 624-0201 or events@childabusenetwork.org.

624 Kitchen and Catering, LLC Joyce Aday Deborah & Robert Ahlborn AmazonSmile Foundation Melanie & Robert Anderson Anonymous (11) D.S. Avey The Barnett Family Foundation Judy & Robert Bastemeyer Lauren & Casey Bingham BKD, LLP Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Blueview, Inc. Susan & Bill Bonner Connie & Richard Boone Ashley Briggs Nathan Brim Michelle & P.J. Brobston Regina Brown Marilyn & Chuck Buland Lawrence Burleigh Courtney & Jake Cain Tiffany & Stuart Campbell Tammy Campbell Dr. Kathleen S. Cannon & Dr. Douglas S. Pittman H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust Children’s Medical Charities Association Inc. Chay Chinsethagid Michelle & Aaron Choquette Donna Clow Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc. Lindsey & Robert Connor James Consedine Daniel Corff Paul Cornell Raymond Cotton Sandy & Art Cotton Pam Cox Cox Connects Foundation Fund CPCU - Northeast Oklahoma Chapter Cuesta Foundation, Inc. Kate Davis & Mike McCue D&L Oil Tools DayBreak Family Services, LLC Vincent A. Dernbach District Attorneys Council Rachel Durossette Patty Eaton Dr. Vicky Weidner & Brian Edwards Elizabeth & Chris Ellison Charles and Jean Engasser Foundation Vickie Ervin Whitney & Daniel Eslicker Ashley Farthing Barbara & Lawrence Findeiss Lynn & Michael Fitzgibbons Flint Foundation Doug Fox

Tara & Eric Frank The Sharna & Irvin Frank Foundation GlobalHealth Sharon Griffin Susan & Kevin Gross Hall Estill Janell Helmerich David Hogan Hopper Construction Techniques Ashley & Trevor Hudgeons Rachael & Ragen Hunsucker Carlene & J.D. Hunt Dawn Hutto Mark P. Ingram International Shimmy Mob Myra & Ronald Jeffris Michael U. Jones Nancy & Tim Jones George Kaiser Family Foundation Rosemary & Vic Karjian Lea & Mark King Toni Kitchell Ms. Sandra S. Klein Jackie Kouri & Gary Paxton Frank S. and Julia M. Ladner Family Foundation Inc. Rebecca & Stuart LangdonGalbreath Leinbach Company Management, Inc. Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Kimberly & Nate Lovelle Patsy Lyon April Brookover Margwarth Cari Marshall Betty & Phil Marshall Martha Daylight 502, Order of the Eastern Star Andrea & Dean Martin Karly & Jeremy Mason Blake Mathews Amanda McConnell Jeannie & Joe McDaniel Jantha McFarlin Janet McGehee Carol & Steven McGrath Microsoft Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation Nicole & Joshua Miller Mary Mitchell National Children’s Alliance Nancy & Don Nelson Pat & Tim Neuman Doyle Newman Nena Newman Ms. Kimberly A. Norman Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler Jeter Barnett & Ray Northern Construction Jim Norton Chevrolet Jim Norton Toyota Lisa Owens James F. Owens, DDS, MS, PC

Heather & George Palacios Sara & Jared Pawelka Pediatric Healthcare Fund PEO Chapter N Marnie & David Phelps Mary & Gregory Pittman Potts Family Foundation Rebecca & Ray Poudrier Sheila M. Powers Alexander Price QEP Energy Company Elizabeth & Thomas Rains Richard Ransweiler Bobbi Allen-Reed & James M. Reed Joseph E. Rice/Rice Benefits & Investments Roberts Auto Center Rodolf & Todd Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation Courtney & Kevin Rueb S&S Metals, Inc. Diane & Richard Salamon Patricia Savage Judi & Jack Schanck Renee & Phillip Schmucker Kala & Gary Sharp Dr. Frank & Mary Shaw Katherine R. Silvey Tracy Simpson Mike Smith Barbara & Bob Sorrels W.E. Sparks Caleb Starr Stephan Strode Sunday Thursday LLC, DBA Trey’s Bar & Grill Sutures Angela & Otto Svendsen Nathan Swanson Virginia & Paul Swanson Dave & Barbara Sylvan Foundation Priscilla & Joseph Tate Marlene & Charles Tefertiller Telecom Pioneers - OK Chapter #41 Elizabeth Telford Temple Israel Kimberly Thomas Brett & Catherine Thompson Cynthia & John Thompson Rebecca Thompson Raeanne Lambert & Michael Thornbrugh Tulsa Area United Way Tulsa Chapter Institute of Real Estate Management Tulsa Community Foundation Tulsa Shimmy Mob Kaylen M. Vanorsdol Samantha Vicent Wallace Engineering Jim Whitt Williams Carrie & Carley Williams James Williams

Marilyn Wolfe Farr Maxine & Jack Zarrow Family Foundation The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Tributes In honor of Skyla Brooks Anonymous Glenda & David Portman Jeanie & Mike Pounds In honor of Justin Thompson Bryan Close In honor of Aubrey Cain & Michelle Brobston Sheri & Robert Curry In honor of Robyn Brooks & Family Judy Davis In honor of Brooklyn’s 5th Birthday Jocelyn & Jackson Markert In honor of Susan Rurshach Swanson Family Revocable Trust In honor of Adrienne Barnett Mollie Williford In honor of Larry Watt The Woleck Group

Memorials In memory of Lenore Beil Betty Beil In memory of Skyla Brooks & Bruce Brooks Jr. Arthur Couch In memory of Angie Stacy Harriet Livathinos In memory of Kerry Tunnell Dematra & Richard Lowe William Sachau Maggie Yar In memory of Phil Stone’s 59th Birthday Mrs. Elmer Riddle In memory of Phil Riddle Mrs. Elmer Riddle In memory of Conny Lucas Sally Seidel Posner

In memory of Skyla Brooks Darrell Blaylock Brooks Custom Spraying Cherie Cook

In-Kind Donors Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Sara & John Brobston CPCU - Northeast Oklahoma Chapter Kate Davis & Mike McCue Rebecca & Matthew Davis DayBreak Family Services, LLC Jessica Dreyer Farthing Events, LLC. Jane Godfrey Green Country Quilters Guild Regina Hays Malory & Stacy Hunt Pam Hurd Kappa Kappa Iota Cecilia Koehler Beth & Bethany Loerke Cari Marshall Dana McBurney Jan McKay Devra McManus Helping Hands Memorial Drive UMC MPact Events Ashley & Ben Neal Pat & Tim Neuman OU-Tulsa Library Pan American Round Table QuikTrip Wanda L. Sharp Sherwin Williams St. John Medical Center Labor & Delivery Roy M. “Skip” Teel, Jr. Tulsa Chapter Institute of Real Estate Management Tulsa Modern Quilt Guild Tulsa Quilts for Kids W. W. Grainger, Inc. Cheryl A. Waldeck Carrie & Carley Williams Pamela Woodward

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Tulsa Chapter Institute of Real Estate Management CAN was honored to be the beneficiary of the IREM 32nd Annual Fashion Show & Silent Auction! The event is coordinated by members of the Tulsa Chapter Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). They did an outstanding job! Thank You, IREM! Our very own Super Models, Dr. Michael Baxter and Detective Jeanne MacKenzie, walked the runway. They enjoyed participating in the fashion show!

(left to right) Del Cowsar, Brandi Moore, Det. Jeanne MacKenzie and Katrina Sauer.

Dr. Michael Baxter and Detective Jeanne MacKenzie.

This year, proceeds from the event were matched dollar for dollar by Kathy and Ed Leinbach, longtime friends and supporters of Child Abuse Network and an Accredited Management Organization member of IREM. Thank You, Mr. & Mrs. Leinbach, for your generous donation!

CAN Website Has a New Look! Visit the website today to see the exciting changes www.childabusenetwork.org Many Thanks to 501technet, Mark Whitmire, Asemio, Shane Hacker and Ryan Haight for making this possible!

you CAN help

There are many ways to support the children served by CAN. Here are a few ideas: Provide Wish List Items

Volunteer Your Time

Give a Charitable Gift

Books, Games & Puzzles for Children & Adolescents Backpacks & Book Bags (New) Journals & Pens Baseball Caps (New - Child & Teen) First Class Postage Stamps 8.5” x 11” Copy Paper

CAN relies on volunteers from the community to supplement our staff hours of service.

CAN depends on gifts from generous donors like you to fulfill our mission to help children in crisis. Through the generosity of our community, we are able to provide all our services at no cost to the families we serve!

In 2014, our volunteers provided over 2,250.5 hours of service. If you are interested in joining our team of more than 300 volunteers, please contact Dawn Barrick, volunteer coordinator, at 918-624-0204 or dbarrick@childabusenetwork.org.

*Visit childabusenetwork.org for an up-to-date Wish List of needed items OR to make a charitable donation online.

Thank you for your loyal support. Contact CAN for more information: (918) 624-0201 or info@childabusenetwork.org

Leaving a Legacy Through Planned Giving

Child Abuse Network deeply appreciates our supporters who have chosen to include our organization in their family’s charitable giving strategy. There are many strategies for planned giving, including listing a charity as a recipient of a life insurance policy or estate planning. Most people have questions about planned giving, which can be a daunting process. CAN provides a no-cost planning service for those who would like more information about planned giving, how to start the process, or simply want to have their current plan reviewed. To speak with one of our planning professionals, please call (918) 624-0201.

you CAN stay connected

Please let us know if we need to update your contact information: (918) 624-0201 or info@childabusenetwork.org.



Connect with CAN to: • Schedule a tour of our Center • Learn more about gift options • Learn about upcoming events and Center news • Learn more about volunteer opportunities facebook.com/candlelightball



Questions? Volunteer? Donate? www.childabusenetwork.org info@childabusenetwork.org (918) 624-0200

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CAN Newsletter Spring 2015  

News, updates and details about what's been going on and what's to come at the Child Abuse Network in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

CAN Newsletter Spring 2015  

News, updates and details about what's been going on and what's to come at the Child Abuse Network in Tulsa, Oklahoma.