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Photo courtesy of Shiela K. Haynes

Fall 2015

LEADERSHIP LETTER One in 17 children in Tulsa County is involved in a child abuse investigation. Wow! This number is startling but true. The silver lining is that CAN and its partner agencies are here to help those children. This past fiscal year proved to be another successful one in helping the many children looking for hope for a brighter future. The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) built in 1992 was originally intended to serve 40 children a month. Each year the numbers of children have steadily increased; we have served on average 50 children a week for the past three years. The need for the CAC’s services continues to grow and the staff continues to provide top quality services for these children. Successes to highlight in 2014-2015 are: •

2nd Annual CAN Superhero Challenge attendance grew from 250 people the first year to 700+ this year!

624 Kitchen & Catering Grand Opening, Suture’s Golf Tournament, IREM Fashion Show and other community sponsored events raised nearly $50,000 for CAN.

The Tulsa Area United Way’s Day of Caring brought 200+ volunteers from QuikTrip to CAN’s campus and made an amazing transformation.

For Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015), CAN provided 3,705 services to 2,424 children from 19 counties in Oklahoma.

CAN kicked off our campus expansion capital campaign, currently we have reached 30% of our overall fundraising goal.

I want to congratulate last year’s Board President, Adrienne Barnett, on paving the way for another successful year for CAN. I hope to continue that momentum and encourage the Board members to join me in positioning CAN for growth! The 2015-2016 fiscal year is off to a great start! As incoming Board President, I am honored to be a part of such an energetic and driven organization. I’d like to share a little about myself. • Family: Carrie (wife), Connor (11yo) and Caraline (9yo)...and new chocolate lab puppy, Bella • Occupation: CPA (Certified Public Accountant) • Favorite book: Morton’s Steak Bible (Hey, all of my favorite books are cookbooks!) • Favorite music: Classic rock (Beatles, Eagles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart) • Hobbies: Grilling, traveling, golf, football • Where I grew up: Tulsa with summer weekends spent on Grand Lake • Favorite childhood memory: Annual Duck Creek firework show on Grand Lake on the 4th of July • How I first learned about CAN: I became friends with Barbara after meeting her at the Summit Club • My vision for CAN and what I would like to accomplish this year: My goal is to serve as a resource to strengthen the collaboration, expertise and depth of our very talented group of staff and board members in our quest to serve the children in our community. I also want to see us advance our success on the capital campaign and work to finalize our plans on the renovated campus. Please consider joining us this year in providing hope for children! Together we CAN protect children! Sincerely,

T. Carley Williams

CAN Service Statistics

FY 2016 Board of Directors T. Carley Williams, president Marnie Phelps, president-elect Cari Marshall, secretary Ray Poudrier, treasurer Adrienne L. Barnett, past president Kirk O. Bailey Annie H. Berrett Lauren Bingham Jason Burnette Sarah Jane Gillett David Glasgow Susan L. Gross Major Julie Harris Ashley Hudgeons Rachael Hunsucker District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler April Brookover Margwarth Julie Merritt Nikki Miller Ashley Neal Tim Neuman Kim Nicholas Bryan Nowlin Mike Rhoads Meg Watkins Barbara E. Findeiss, executive director

Jan. 1, 2015 - June 30, 2015

1,235 554 480 201

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:

656 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




Physical abuse

Witness to violence




(related to fatalities)

Types of appointments

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

932 344 221 Forensic Interviews


Medical Evaluations

Mental Health Consultations

Professionals at the Center:

child specialists

board certified child abuse pediatricians

see on average



kids a week


Pictured above are volunteers, donors, staff and board members who attended the annual appreciation reception on June 25.

CAN’s annual appreciation reception on June 25 honored volunteers, donors, staff and CAN Board of Directors for their dedication and devotion to the children served at the Children’s Advocacy Center. Attendees celebrated a year of successes and kicked off a new year full of opportunities. The highlight of the annual reception was the presentation of the CAN Distinguished Award. This award honors commitment Pictured aboveService are volunteers, donors, staff and the board members and who dedicationthe of Annual an individual, group of individuals or organization that has attended Appreciation Reception on June 26. made a significant contribution to the mission of CAN. This year’s award was presented to Justin Thompson of Justin Thompson Restaurant Group for his continuous support of CAN. Each year Justin finds creative ways to donate to CAN. In true Justin form, he arrived at the reception with a donation (from him and his employees) - a flat-screen TV/DVD player, 36 DVD movies and 22 stuffed animals. Justin is truly a gift to this organization.

Justin Thompson with Barbara Findeiss

TULSA COUNTY DIRECTOR OF CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN RECEIVES STATE AWARD On Thursday, July 23, Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Sarah McAmis was awarded the Mitch Sperry Award for Oklahoma’s Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year at the annual Oklahoma District Attorney Conference. The award is named in honor of Mitch Sperry, a District Attorney who died while in office. His daughter, Haley Sperry, who is also an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) in Tulsa County, presented the award to Sarah. “It was incredibly humbling and such an honor to receive the award from Haley,” Sarah said. As Tulsa County’s Director of Crimes Against Children, Sarah spends time working with the multidisciplinary team at the Children’s Advocacy Center - law enforcement, child welfare workers, forensic interviewers, and medical professionals. In over 21 years as a prosecutor, Sarah has tried more than 150 jury trials and knows she is doing all that she can do to help make Tulsa County a safer place for children. Sarah was born and raised in Tulsa and received her Bachelor of Science from the Univeristy of Kansas and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She worked as an Oklahoma Assistant Attorney General and as an ADA from Lincoln, Pottawatomie and Oklahoma Counties before coming to work in Tulsa. “There is absolutely no greater sense of accomplishment than to know that someone who hurt a child is held accountable and that he or she will not be able to hurt any more children. The best part of my job is when I know that a child is safe and that he or she has been heard,” Sarah said.

District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler, Sarah McAmis and Haley Sperry

SUPERHEROES ARE EVERYWHERE By Lindsay Sparks, CAN Development Director We were so excited last March 29 to have more than 700 Superheroes join us at POSTOAK Lodge & Retreat to put their super powers to the test! The 2nd Annual CAN Superhero Challenge, with presenting sponsors QuikTrip and D&L Oil Tools, was an awesome success raising $64,000 to help CAN reduce the trauma that a child abuse investigation can pose for a child. We would like to thank the 2015 Co-Chairs, Marnie Phelps and Leslie Croteau, and all of the committee members and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event a day to remember. A special thank you to the students at Monte Cassino SAVE THE DATE! who showed their generosity by donating back the award winnings they received from winning the 2015 School Challenge. Children (and adults!) enjoyed not only 3rd Annual CAN a SUPER obstacle course but also snow cones, face painting, yoga, arts and crafts, Superhero Challenge sponsor booths and more. If you would like to see how SUPER your little superheroes are, please plan on joining us in 2016! For more information on how you can be a part of this event, please visit childabusenetwork.org, call 918-624-0201 or email events@childabusenetwork.org.

April 3, 2016 POSTOAK Lodge & Retreat

THANK YOU! CANDLELIGHT BALL More than $250,000 was raised on April 25 at the 4th Annual CANdlelight Ball. Attendees were enchanted with the choir performance by Voices of Unity and Tulsa Children’s Chorus and enjoyed an exciting program led by Lynn Hernandez. The Historic Mayo Hotel once again provided the perfect setting for an amazing evening.

Tim Harris, 2015 Honorary Chair

Special thanks to all of the supporters and volunteers who made this event an astounding success and to 2015 Honorary Chair, Tim Harris, whose words inspired attendees to light the way and make a difference.

Funds raised for the CANdlelight Ball help CAN continue to provide a unique “onestop” child-friendly facility where children involved in an abuse allegation receive the necessary services needed to begin healing. By supporting this event, supporters are investing in hope for a better and brighter future for Tulsa’s abused children. For more information on how you can become a part of this event, please visit childabusenetwork.org or call 918-624-0201.

SAVE THE DATE! 5th Annual CANdlelight Ball April 23, 2016 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 begin their healing. The donors noted below represent gifts larger than $50 received from January 2015 - June 2015. We are grateful for every donation. If there is an error or omission, please contact CAN’s Development office at (918) 624-0201 or events@childabusenetwork.org. (The complete donor list is published in the CAN Annual Report.)

AAON, INC ** Scott Adkins * American Bank & Trust Co. * Anonymous (7) APS Fire * Jane & Neil Aslin * Susan Athens Gloria & Kirk Bailey * Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. The Barnett Family Foundation * Adrienne Barnett * Billie & Howard Barnett * Victoria & Dewey Bartlett * Lana & Matt Beasley * Susan & John Bell Rick Bennett * Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation Annie & Brad Berrett * Lauren & Casey Bingham BKD Foundation * Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma * Susan & Bill Bonner * Patti & David Bowman * Dustin Bradley * Michelle & P.J. Brobston ** Sara & John Brobston ** Cecily Brown Marilyn & Chuck Buland Jason Burnette Lindsey Caswell *** Wes & Terren Caswell * Chubb Group of Insurance Companies * City of Broken ArrowCDBG Chris Clark * Bryan Close * CMCi Consultants * Commerce Bank * Conner & Winters, LLP * Christopher & Jessica Cooley * Sandy & Art Cotton * Thomas & Perri Craven * Susan Crenshaw * Sheri & Robert Curry *** Elizabeth Daniels ** District Attorneys Council Brian Donahue * Dana & Doug Drummond * Patty Eaton Dr. Vicky Weidner & Brian Edwards Chelsey & Jordan Elam * Jordan & Ryan Ensley * Whitney & Daniel Eslicker* Ida Eureste ** Bruce & Linda Ewing * Barbara & Lawrence Findeiss * Lynn & Michael Fitzgibbons * Amanda Forman * Jayme Fowler * E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation

Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Troup 442 ** Girouard Vines, LLC David Glasgow GlobalHealth * Kristen & Mark Graham * Grant Thornton ** Graves McLain PLLC ** Laurie & Jim Green Jane Grimshaw * Susan & Kevin Gross * Cindy & Cameron Hadley * Charles Harrington * Rosalyn & Jason Heilman * Andrew & Krystal Hejtmanek * Helmerich & Payne, Inc. * Lynn Hernandez * Hillcrest HealthCare System * Lisa & David Holden * HUD/City of Tulsa-CDBG Ashley & Trevor Hudgeons* Julius & Shawn Hughes * Carlene & J.D. Hunt Andrew Jayne * Alana & Jason Kennon * Lea & Mark King * Jackie Kouri & Gary Paxton * Christine & Stephen Kunzweiler * Laredo Petroleum, Inc. Moira & Mike Lawson * Heidi Leinbach ** Patsy Lyon Mildred Mabirizi April & Paul Margwarth ** Mariner Wealth Advisors Oklahoma * Amy & Chad Mariska * Adam & Lisa Marshall * Cari & Gordon Marshall * Karly & Jeremy Mason Matrix Service Company * Mazzio’s Corporation ** Tiffany & Peter McAdams * Anna & James McColl John McDermott * Jantha McFarlin Lou and Connie Miller Charitable Foundation * Nicole & Joshua Miller * Karen Mitchell ** Monte Cassino School ** Brandi & Matt Moore * Donna Morgan * Carol Mountford Nabholz Construction *** Denise & Jerome Nassif * Ashley & Ben Neal ** Beth & Gregory Nellis * Pat & Tim Neuman Jeff Nevins * The Newfield Foundation Claudia Newman Kim & Eric Nicholas *** Robert Norman * Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler Jeter Barnett & Ray *

Tara & Brian O’Mahony ** ONE Gas * ONEOK, Inc. ** Emily & Kevin O’Shaughnessy * Kathleen Page & Michael Graves * Edward R. and Frances L. Patterson Trust Sara & Jared Pawelka Marnie & David Phelps ** Megan Poe * Rebecca & Ray Poudrier Marilyn & Michael Predovic Renee & Matt Pride * QEP Energy Company QuikTrip ** Ryan A. Ray * Bobbi Allen-Reed & James M. Reed * The Estate of Marie Reuter Kathy & Mike Rhoads * Ross Charitable Foundation** Ross Group Construction ** Jeff Ross * John Sales * Kay & Ed Schermerhorn Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation * Selser Schaefer Architects** Kala & Gary Sharp *** Dr. Frank & Mary Shaw * Jennifer Smith ** Mark Smith * Scot Smith * St. John Medical Center Labor & Delivery Nurses Marianne & David Stambaugh * Alice & Charles Stanford State of Oklahoma - CAMA Allocation Grant Brooke & David Sturdivant ** Michael Tate * Roy M. “Skip” Teel, Jr. * David E. and Cassie L. Temple Foundation Leslie & Todd Tharp Justin Thompson ** Rebecca Thompson *** John & Bridget Treadwell * TriArch, PLLC * Tulsa Area United Way Tulsa Community Foundation ** Tulsa Federal Credit Union ** The Tulsa Foundation Tulsa Shimmy Mob Rose & Rondie Turner * Twenty Twenty Eyecare * UBS Matching Gift Program The Univeristy of Tulsa * Kayla & Scott Vaughn *** Michael & Paula Viseur * Stephanie Wagner Michelle Walker * Meg Watkins

Kathy & Bob West * James Williams Williams *** Brent Williamson * WPX Energy Maxine & Jack Zarrow Family Foundation * The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation The John Steele Zink Foundation * Tributes In honor of AAON, INC Rebecca Thompson Daniel Debs In honor of her sister Lynda’s Birthday Gloria Boos In honor of Chris Ellison Cindy Ellison In honor of Kathleen and Edward Leinbach Leinbach Company Management, Inc. In honor of Emily Meeks Danica Miller In honor of her daughter Soleil’s birthday Stephenie Mendez In honor of Marnie Phelps for CAN Superhero Challenge Pamela Amburgy

Memorials In memory of her sister Lynda Gloria Boos In memory of Michael Reeves Sally Seidel Posner In memory of Phil Riddle Mrs. Elmer Riddle

In-Kind Donors Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City * Anonymous (2) Brewster & De Angelis, PLLC * Burn Co. * Ashley Cloud Lisa Cole Ed.D. Cunningham Fine Jewelry * Kathryn Daas Rebecca & Matthew Davis Jessica Dreyer Fab Lab Tulsa *

Faith Lutheran Church Forest Ridge Golf Club * Galaxy Limousine and Executive Charter, Inc.* Golf Club of Oklahoma * Gwen Goodner Mary & Ron Grecco Helping Hands Memorial Drive UMC Amy Howard Denise Johnson Justin Thompson Restaurant Group * Kappa Kappa Iota Lea & Mark King * Rae Jean Lavow Lilli O Photography * Cari & Gordon Marshall Marshall Brewing Company * Mazzio’s ** Nicole Maschele Dana McBurney Kelly Meeks Stephenie Mendez Tammy Mullins Ashley Neal ** Oaks Country Club * Oklahoma City Thunder/ Oklahoma City Blue * QuikTrip ** Laura Rankin Bobbi Allen-Reed and James M. Reed Stacey & Mike Salisbury SALT Yoga ** Samson Companies South County Gymnastics * Rachelle Swanson Tim Swepston * Aubrie Thompson Justin Thompson Justin Thompson Restaurant Group * Rebecca Thompson ** Topeca Coffee * Trail’s End Quilter’s Guild Tulsa Country Club * Tulsa Diamond House * Tulsa Helicopter * TulsaPeople Magazine * Tulsa’s Channel 8 ** The University of Tulsa * Rhonda Wallace * Whole Foods Market - Tulsa Tricia Wilkinson Carrie & Carley Williams Marilyn Wolfe Farr

* CANdlelight Ball Sponsor ** CAN Superhero Challenge Sponsor *** Sponsor of both events

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: St. John Medical Center Labor & Delivery Nurses Beginning in August 2014, the Labor & Delivery nurses from St. John Medical Center began fundraising and collecting items for CAN. Lori Martin came to CAN with the first donation on Sept. 3, 2014, and it included boxes of various school supplies that they collected during the month of August. In December, they made their next donation that included several items from the CAN wish list and additional supplies to be used at the Children’s Advocacy Center. CAN received well over 500 items from the wonderful nurses of St. John Medical Center.

Scott Duensing with St. John Medical Center

On June 2, Brandi Moore was invited to the Medical Center to accept a sweet handmade card signed by many of the nurses that helped gather items and money throughout the year. Lori Martin and Brenda Duensing presented a check that represented the funds that were collected from a coin drive they held.

CAN is overjoyed with the generous donations and support of the St. John Medical Center nurses. What an incredible gift! Thank you! Little note about St. John Medical Center: It received the Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet designation is nationally recognized as the gold standard in nursing excellence. St. John Medical Center is the first and only Magnet-designated facility in northeast Oklahoma.

(left to right) Brandi Moore (CAN), Lori Martin and Brenda Duensing with St. John Medical Center

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) Stuffed Animals (New) 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!

This past year our volunteers provided over 2,500 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 set an appointment to speak with one of the 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.



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CAN Newsletter Fall 2015  

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

CAN Newsletter Fall 2015  

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