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August 2013

Leadership Letter The 2012-2013 fiscal year may have come to an end on June 30, but the need for CAN in the community continues to grow. Twenty-five years after the Child Abuse Network was established, the number of children served keeps increasing. CAN provided services to another record 2,499 children at the Justice Center. Successes to highlight in 2012-2013 are: 2nd annual CANdlelight Ball raised $282,188. Opened the doors to two additional waiting rooms created in the Justice Center. This fiscal year, CAN’s managing director and child specialists provided over 30 community education presentations regarding child abuse and neglect, reaching over 750 individuals. The CAN Appreciation Day sponsored by Clear Channel Radio touched thousands of lives and raised $21,564. I want to offer my personal thanks to last year’s Board President, Mike Rhoads. So much of CAN’s success this year was directly related to his expertise, community involvement, experienced leadership skills, and his absolute dedication to CAN and its mission in our community. The 2013-2014 fiscal year is sure to be another great year for CAN. As incoming Board President, I am honored to be a part of such a dynamic and focused organization. In keeping with tradition, I’d like to share a little about myself. Family: Kevin and I have been married for 32 years. We have three beautiful daughters, Diana, Andrea and Julia, and a wonderful son-in-law, Scott (married to Diana). We also enjoy our two Bernese Mountain dogs and a cockatiel. Occupation: My Industrial Engineering background allowed me to work in cost accounting, engineering, and long range planning positions. I am currently not employed, but I volunteer my time with CAN, Holland Hall and church. Favorite book: My favorite book is usually the one I’m reading. I am currently reading The Element by Ken Robinson. Favorite music: I like lots of different kinds of music. Hobbies: I love to cook, garden, sew and play the harp. Where I grew up: I grew up in Northwest Indiana and lived there until college. Since marrying, I have lived in 11 different cities including Geneva, Switzerland, and have moved 14 times. Favorite childhood memory: I enjoyed lots of summers on the New Jersey Shore and Lake Michigan, but my fondest memories are tunneling through my front yard after a blizzard. How I first learned about CAN: A former Board member, Barbara Gardner-Anderson, introduced me to Barbara Findeiss soon after moving to Tulsa in 2004. It didn’t take more than a few moments hearing about CAN’s work to compel me to get involved. As the Planning Committee Chairperson, I was invited to join the Executive Committee as secretary both in 2004 and 2011. The years that I have been involved with CAN have been very dynamic as the Board pursued alternatives to deal with overcrowding and facility expansion. The absolute dedication of the staff at the Center is inspiring. I am honored to be a part of this much needed and well-run organization. My vision for CAN and what I would like to accomplish this year: My vision is to meet the goal of expanding the facility to better accomodate the children who need us and the staff who work there. So much of our work in launching a capital campaign will involve telling our story and reaching out to the generous Tulsa community. Additionally, much of my focus will be on strengthening the Board and engaging our new Board members. I look forward to a busy year with much to do. I am thankful that Mike Rhoads and Kala Sharp will continue to play an integral role in the year ahead. Their experience and dedication to CAN are such an asset to our Board. I recently shared this at the annual reception: “I am reminded that we must, all of us, continue to join together in support of this partnership and embrace our vision for the future so that we can continue to provide the best response for the children we serve. Twenty-five years from now, as CAN celebrates its 50th anniversary, I’d like that Board to recognize our courage and determination to break the cycle of abuse in our community by providing a well-planned expanded facility, supporting the multidisciplinary team approach, and ultimately to offer hope to the children who need us. I look forward this year with renewed confidence about our work, our partners, and our future.” I would personally like to invite you to join us. Get involved. Help the children of our community. Sincerely,

Susan Gross

FY 2014 Board of Directors Susan L. Gross, president Adrienne L. Barnett, president-elect Rebecca Thompson, secretary T. Carley Williams, treasurer Mike Rhoads, past president Kirk O. Bailey Lauren Bingham Gerard Clancy, M.D. Paul Coury Heather Cupp Brian N. Edwards Chris Ellison Major Julie Harris District Attorney Tim Harris Major Tom Huckeby April Brookover Margwarth Amanda McConnell Julie Merritt Melissa Sanden Kala Sharp Barbara Sorrels, Ed. D. Caleb Starr Connie Tommerup Kim Williamson Barbara E. Findeiss, executive director

CAN Service Statistics

Past 6 Months: Jan. 1, 2013 - Jun. 30, 2013

1,236 615 456 164

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:

663 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



Witness to violence


488 Physical abuse

41 Other

(of which 12 were fatalities)


child specialists & board certified child abuse pediatricians


see on average kids a week

Types of appointments

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

827 Forensic Interviews

427 Medical Evaluations


Mental Health Consultations








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CAN Honors Volunteers and Donors & Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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2013 Annual Reception


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Pictured above are volunteers, donors, staff and board members who attended the Annual Appreciation Reception on June 27.

Volunteers, donors, staff and CAN Board of Directors were honored at the annual appreciation reception on June 27 for their dedication and devotion to the children we serve at the Justice Center. Attendees celebrated the many milestones achieved this past year along with the 25th anniversary of CAN (est. on June 17, 1988). The highlight of the annual reception was the presentation of the CAN Distinguished Service Award. This award honors the commitment and dedication of an individual, group of individuals or organization that has made a significant contribution to the mission of CAN. This year’s award was presented to ONEOK, Pictured, from left to right: CAN Inc. for their long-term support of CAN. Kala Sharp, current board member and Executive Director Barbara Findeiss, Board Member Kala Sharp, representa- immediate past president, accepted the award on behalf of ONEOK, Inc. “Back in tive for ONEOK. 1995, ONEOK gave renewed hope for Tulsa’s abused and neglected children with a generous donation of $5,000 when CAN desperately needed it,” said Barbara Findeiss, CAN’s executive director. She continued to say, “It doubled our bank balance, and ONEOK has been a CAN supporter ever since.” For an organization that is entirely dependent on donations, this continued support is deeply valued and appreciated.

The Perfect Holiday Gift Idea A perfect gift for employees, teachers, pediatricians, friends and family, the Christopher Radko CAN bear ornament is a special, one-of-a-kind art piece that’s guaranteed to become a true collector’s item. Designed exclusively for the Child Abuse Network, each ornament is handcrafted in the artist’s signature style and will provide a lasting reminder of your support of children seen at the Justice Center. It’s not too early to start planning for the holidays. Order your Christopher Radko CAN bear ornament today and make a difference in the lives of children who need it the most. Ornaments are $20 each, of which $10 is tax deductible. Quantities are limited. Place your order today by contacting Kate at kdavis@childabusenetwork.org or (918) 624-0201.

Christopher Radko CAN Bear Ornament

CELEBRATING 25 YEARS! CAN is celebrating 25 years of giving hope to over 31,000 children in the Tulsa community! The Child Abuse Network, Inc. was incorporated on June 17, 1988, and became a four-year project of the Junior League of Tulsa. Original partner agencies included the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, Department of Human Services - Tulsa County Child Welfare, Tulsa Police Department, Broken Arrow Police Department, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and the Tulsa Pediatric Society. After 25 years, CAN remains the only community nonprofit that partners with law enforcement, child welfare, legal and medical professionals in Tulsa County’s child abuse response system.








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This is where it all began, on the corner of 15th & Denver - CAN’s first office until 1992 when it moved to the Justice Center.

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There will be several opportunities to celebrate this milestone throughout the year. Check our Facebook page, website and weekly emails for updates on upcoming festivities and details of our new spring event!


This is the Justice Center today. Built to serve 40 children a month, CAN now sees 50 children a week in the Center.

Elegant. Exquisite. Memorable. Just a few of the wonderful comments we received from attendees after our 2nd Annual CANdlelight Ball. Close to 300 people attended this year’s event, which raised $282,188 for CAN and its programs. Ball Chair Adrienne Barnett, Honorary Chair Skip Teel, and the Ball volunteer committee did an outstanding job creating an evening full of awe-inspiring moments and breathtaking beauty. The Mayo Hotel was aglow in downtown Tulsa and the room was filled with the soulful voice of Annie Ellicott. To see the fantastic party pics, go to www.facebook.com/candlelightball. SAVE THE DATE! 3rd Annual CANdlelight Ball will be held Saturday night, April 26, 2014, at The Mayo Hotel.

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 January 1, 2013 - June 30, 2013. We are grateful for every donation. If there is an error or omission, please contact Kate at kdavis@childabusenetwork.org or (918) 624-0201.

Abbott Laboratories Employee Giving Accent Real Estate Inc. Adams Hall Wealth Advisors Deborah & Robert Ahlborn Jenny Alexopulos American Airlines American Bank & Trust Co. Anchor Gasoline Corporation Anonymous (5) Arvest Bank D.S. Avey Gloria & Kirk Bailey Bank of America United Way Campaign Adrienne Barnett Mr. & Mrs. Howard A. Barnett, Jr. The Barnett Family Foundation Jennifer E. Barrett Marilyn & Michael Bartlett Lauren & Casey Bingham BKD Foundation BKD, LLP Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Jennifer & Austin Bond Susan & Bill Bonner The Mervin Bovaird Foundation Tara & Joseph Britt Cara Bruner Marilyn & Chuck Buland Denise & Boyd Burn Greg Burn Courtney & Jake Cain Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Campbell Cancer Treatment Centers of America Dr. Kathleen S. Cannon & Dr. Douglas S. Pittman The Carman LLC H.A. and Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust Janet & Mark Chappell Chubb Group of Insurance Companies Donna & Jerry Clack Kari Clark Tama & Michael Clark Theresa Clee & Johnny Thomason Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Clegg Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc. James Consedine Carissa & Bradley Cooper Daniel Corff Paul Coury Mr. & Mrs. Conrad C. Coussens Summer & Nathan Crawford Sandy & Jack Crews Crossland Construction Company, Inc. Heather & Brian Cupp Sheri & Robert Curry D&L Oil Tools Kate Davis & Mike McCue

DISH-Tulsa District Attorneys Council Sharon W. Doty Charlotte & Wade Edmundson Dezeray Edwards Jerrilyn & Justin Eisenhauer Jean & Harvey Ellis Elizabeth & Chris Ellison Pam & Lee Eslicker Whitney & Dan Eslicker Major Walter Evans Amy & Jason Fahrlander Faith Lutheran Church Barbara & Larry Findeiss Amanda Forman Susan Forman Founders of Doctors’ Hospital, Inc. The Gelvin Foundation Sue & Dr. Steve Gerkin GlobalHealth, Inc. Kirsten & Mark Graham Greater Oklahoma HunterJumper Horse Show, Inc. Susan & Kevin Gross Hall Estill Sunshine & Jake Haller Jayne Hard Dr. Tiari & Tim Harris Nancy & Gerald Hatfield Helmerich & Payne, Inc. The Helmerich Trust Hillcrest HealthCare System Hogan Taylor LLP Lisa & David Holden HUD/City of Tulsa-CDBG Amanda & Kent Hudson Carlene & J.D. Hunt Stacy Hunt Rachel & David Irwin Betsy & Gerald Jackson Julie James Michael Jones Marcus Jones JPMorgan Chase & Co. Kappa Kappa Iota David Karimian Rosemary & Vic Karjian Alana & Jason Kennon Insung Kim & Randall Webb Lea & Mark King Sandra S. Klein Suzanne & Jim Kneale Suzanne & Jim Kneale Family Foundation Jackie Kouri & Gary Paxton Lauren LaBass Adriane & Phil Lakin Jennifer M. Langdon Kali & B.E. Lee Mr. & Mrs. C.S. Lewis III Linde Process Plants, LLC Kathy Taylor & Bill Lobeck Karin & Dennis Loudermilk Kelly A. Loudermilk Jordan Lusnak Patsy L. Lyon Gwen & Steve Malcolm Melody Maradiaga

Amy & Chad Mariska Paula Marshall Andrea & Dean Martin Erika & Aaron Massey Martha Daylight 502 (Order of the Eastern Star) China Matlock & Danny Shay Marian & Jim McCarthy Sharon & Chip McElroy The Peter C. Meinig Revocable Trust Mile High United Way Gina & Ed Miller Lauren & Paul Miller Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation Mobile Giving Foundation Sandy & Larry Mocha Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Morris Madewell LLC Shannon & Paul Muret Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Nellis Network For Good The Newfield Foundation Jennifer Nguyen Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Jeter Oklahoma Department of Human Services Paige N. Oliver Tacy & Terry Olivo Tara & Brian O’Mahony ONEOK, Inc. Tina & Lance Parkhill Patterson Law Firm Khristi Peabody Emalee Pearson Cindy & Bob Peterson Mary & Gregory Pittman Becky Post Max H. Post Rebecca & Ray Poudrier Sheila Powers William T. Powers & Pamela Higgins Ellen & Daniel Prather Rodney B. Pratz Marilyn & Michael Predovic Mr. & Mrs. Lee Pridgin, Jr. QEP Energy Company QEP Resources, Inc. Laura Rankin Bobbi & Jim Reed Kathryn & Michael Rhoads Rice Benefits & Investments Cindy Robinson Rodolf & Todd Heather & Jeffrey Ronsse The Rosebury Charitable Foundation Diane & Richard Salamon Melissa & Jeff Sanden Mary K. Sanditen Patricia Savage Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Marc Schutt Paula Settoon

Kala & Gary Sharp Dianne & Rex Shelton Glenda & Larry Silvey Belynda & Weldon Spitzer Linda & Jack Stailey Alice & Charles Stanford Summit Bank Angela & Otto Svendsen Virginia & Paul Swanson T.D. Williamson, Inc. Priscilla & Joseph Tate Catherine Tatum Roy M. “Skip” Teel Elizabeth Telford David E. and Cassie L. Temple Foundation Leslie & Tom Tharp Mary Anne Thoman Cathrine & Stephen Thomas Justin Thompson Kerrie & David Thompson Rebecca Thompson Connie & Jeffery Tommerup TriArch, PLLC Truist Tulsa Area United Way Tulsa County/City of Broken Arrow-CDBG The Tulsa Foundation Tulsa Shimmy Mob United Way of Greater Milwaukee United Way of Greater Union County University of Oklahoma Foundation, Inc. The University of Tulsa Kaylen M. Vanorsdol Kayla & Scott Vaughn Lindsey R. Vedros Linda Vincent Alison & Eric Wade Robin & Michael Watanabe Meg Watkins Dr. Vicky Weidner & Brian Edwards B.J. Weintraub Kathleen & Bob West Russanne & Tom Wilcox Carrie & Carley Williams James Williams Kim & Dr. Jay Williamson Courtney Z. Wilson Melissa Wilson Stephen A. Wolff Wood Family Charitable Fund Melony & Christopher Woosley Ryan Zabienski The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation Megan & Don Zetik Jane Ziegler The Jamie and Darton Zink Foundation The John Steele Zink Foundation

Tributes In honor of Sally Posner Anonymous In honor of the SANE nurses Anonymous In honor of Mike Rhoads Mary Jane & Gary Lindaman In honor of Dr. & Mrs. Robert Block Carol & Charles Mountford In honor of her children Ashley Pearce In honor of Billie & Howard Barnett Mary Lee Robison In honor of Robyn Brooks Mablelean & Troy Smith In honor of Adrienne Barnett Mollie Williford In honor of Barbara Findeiss Anne & Arnold Wood Memorials In memory of Phil Riddle Anonymous Mrs. Elmer Riddle In memory of Lola Lenore Beil Betty J. Beil In memory of Katherine Rizley Johnston Marilyn Inhofe Davis Sara Lytle & Fred Davis Amy & Tate Singletary In memory of Angie Green Stacy Laurie & Jim Green Harriet Livathinos In memory of Skyla Brooks Mablelean & Troy Smith In-Kind Donors Ace Cuervo Photography, LLC Anonymous Automated Mail Services Auxiliary to the Tulsa Osteopathic Medical Society Chelsea Bagwell Alanna Barfoot Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Cancer Treatment Centers of America Matthew D. Davis Jack DeLaughter Joyce Diesing

In-Kind Donors (cont’d) Eisenhower International School Express Graphics Faith Lutheran Church Girl Scout Troop 172 William Goodwin Roger B. Graham Family Trust Cari Helm Kappa Kappa Iota Margaret King Erika & Aaron Massey The Mayo Hotel Memorial Drive UMC Odyssey Digital Printing OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center Parkhill’s Liquor and Wines/ Glazer’s of Oklahoma Response Solutions, Inc. Secret Gardens Candle Company Stacey & Mike Salisbury Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar Whitney Williams Ziegler Art & Framing CANdlelight Ball Auction Donations Andolini’s Tim Baker/Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar Adrienne Barnett Mr. & Mrs. Howard A. Barnett, Jr.

Black Optical Blue Jean Baby Bluum Outdoor Environments Clark Brewster The Cigar Box Paul Coury & Ambassador Hotel Collection Dolce Hair Boutique Edit Lee Eslicker/D&L Oil Tools Whitney Eslicker The French Bouquet Full Moon Cafe Sue & Dr. Steve Gerkin William Goodwin Pat Gordon Hideaway Pizza Jay Howard Jared, The Galleria of Jewelry Juniper Restaurant & Martini Lounge LifeTime Fitness Little Black Dress Teresa Malaby Wendeline S. Matson The Mayo Hotel Mi Cocina Jacob Miller Randy Miller Mod Skin Nutrition Naifeh Fine Jewelry Oklahoma Skydiving On a Whim Premium Brands Wine & Spirits

Physiques by Monique Personal Training & Cycling Studio Prhyme Steakhouse Pork N’ Greens Red Dirt Rangers The Reserve at the Ambassador Hotel Kansas City Rope Ronda Roush Studios Shannon Schroeder Amanda Simcoe Skelly Lodge Skelly Ranch Tavolo: Italian Bistro Kathy Taylor That Girl Can Cook

Tinsel & Tulle Topeca Roastery Justin Thompson Amber Valletta Sandi Willhite John Williams Erika Witt at Jara Herron Woodhouse Vineyards The Yoga Studio CANdlelight Ball Champagne Pull Donors Tim Baker Gloria & Kirk Bailey Adrienne Barnett Marilyn & Chuck Buland Paul Coury

Heather & Brian Cupp Summer & Nathan Crawford Sharon Doty Major Walter Evans Elizabeth & Chris Ellison Sue & Dr. Steve Gerkin Susan & Kevin Gross Parkhill’s Liquor and Wines/ Glazer’s of Oklahoma Kala & Gary Sharp Kathy & Mike Rhoads Melissa & Jeff Sanden Rebecca Thompson Dr. Vicky Weidner & Brian Edwards Kim & Dr. Jay Williamson Stephen Wolff

Special Thanks to Mrs. Oklahoma 2013 Julie Pittman is committed to shattering the silence of child abuse throughout the United States. Her responsibilities as Mrs. Oklahoma provide a significant opportunity to bring a bolder spotlight in public advocacy for child abuse awareness and pathways for helping families. Thank you, Julie, for supporting our mission by being a volunteer for CAN and a strong advocate against child abuse.

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 (for older children) 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 2012, our volunteers provided over 1,456 hours of service. If you are interested in joining our team of more than 100 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 Kate Davis for more information: (918) 624-0201 or kdavis@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 Kate at (918) 624-0201.

you CAN stay connected

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

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CAN Newsletter August 2013  

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 August 2013  

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