Child abuse affects more families and children than any childhood disease, including the most common ADHD diagnosis. In Oklahoma, 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys are affected. The lives, hopes and dreams changed by abuse are difficult to count. Cases of child abuse are on the rise while public funding is down.
The system was designed to put away the bad guys, but can be rough for those who've been hurt. When children speak out, they go through a maze of agencies where they're interviewed multiple times by strangers. What's intended to help, often causes further trauma and can result in children shutting down at the most crucial moment: the courtroom.
Founded in 1993, The CARE Center is a nonprofit organization that eliminates the need for multiple interviews. We conduct a single interview in a child-friendly environment. Through our services, we provide support to children and families to help them get past the bad stuff and back to the good.
We're counselors, social workers and doctors. Police officers and attorneys. We're public officials and private businesspeople. At the CARE Center, the heroes are our staff, partners and volunteers - brave individuals from all walks of life, bound by the courage to do what's right.