We Heal

Children come first in everything we do.

Victim Services

At The CARE Center, we are committed to helping children find their voice and heal after abuse as well as educating adults and children on child abuse prevention. All of our services are provided at no cost to children and their families.

When you suspect or recognize abuse, we are here. Our multidisciplinary team is made up of law enforcement investigators, child protective service workers, assistant district attorneys, medical, counseling, and family advocacy personnel. We work together on the investigation, treatment, and management of child abuse cases. We are here to ensure the best possible outcome for children, while creating a caring, supportive, and safe environment for all who visit.

We are Oklahoma County’s only child advocacy center dedicated to helping children heal after abuse.

In Oklahoma, 1 in 3 girls & 1 in 5 boys will be abused before their 18th birthday.

Our Mission

Every child has a future, we educate. Every child has a voice, we listen.

Our Vision

To end child abuse in Oklahoma County.

Types of Abuse

  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Witness to Violence/Death
  • Neglect
  • Witness to Sexual Abuse
  • Drug Endangerment
  • Child Pornography
  • Kidnapping
  • Human Trafficking

We Are the Child Abuse Experts

children come first in everything we do.

At The CARE Center, we truly believe that every child has a voice, and we are hear to listen. In an effort to support the healing process, we have created a calm, child-centered space, and in partnership with our multidisciplinary team, we offer holistic care for every child who visits The CARE Center. 

Holistic care is provided at no cost to children and their families.

Forensic Interview

Counseling

Medical Exam

Advocacy Services

We Make an Impact

Throughout the years, we've helped thousands of children and families confront and overcome abuse and neglect.

2017 Victim Services impact

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What to Expect on Your Visit

We provide child abuse advocacy services that help identify, prevent, and heal.

Play Orientation
After a snack and a drink, each child receives one-on-one playtime. Our playrooms are filled with toys, activities, and entertainment for all ages as well as two playgrounds. As your child plays, you will be asked to complete some basic paperwork. Once the child is comfortable, a forensic interviewer will introduce herself and escort the child to a forensic interview room. Parents and guardians are not allowed in the interview. At the end of an appointment, children are welcome to continue to play, and every child leaves The CARE Center with a brand new stuffed animal and a Brave Pack, a few items reminding children that they are strong, courageous, and brave.
Forensic Interview
The forensic interview is the cornerstone of our work at The CARE Center. An audio- and video-recorded forensic interview is conducted in a developmentally appropriate, non-leading or intrusive setting. Forensic interviewers are highly trained to keep the child comfortable while working to obtain accurate information to support the investigation process. This eliminates the need for the child to tell their abuse story over and over again. We have one Spanish-speaking forensic interviewer on staff but can accommodate any language. We will also work with your family to address any additional barriers or special needs of your child.
Specialized Advocacy
During your child's forensic interview, you will meet with a specialized family advocate whom will offer one-on-one including immediate, on-site counseling, referrals to long-term counseling, personalized resource referrals, access to The Lion's Den, our resource room, and many other services. Every resource is designed to alleviate barriers so healing can become your family's top priority. Your family advocate will be available for the life of your case.
Counseling Services
Counseling is the key to long-term healing and overcoming the trauma of abuse. We provide referrals to a variety of trauma-focused counselors in the community for continued support. Beginning soon, we will also provide on-site, acute counseling to our children and parents/caregivers once an interview is complete.
Medical Exams
After advocacy and the interview, it may be necessary for your child to have a medical exam. Proper medical attention is vital to your child’s holistic healing, and even if the abuse is no longer physically present, we find that medical exams are an important part of the healing process - an opportunity for your child to hear "your body is okay." Our medical coordinator is a certified P-SANE (Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) and offers every child who visits the opportunity for a medical exam. More severe physical abuse cases will be seen by a physician at Children's Hospital less than a mile from campus.
Education
With more than 25 years of experience providing services to victims of child abuse, we are working to end this epidemic through prevention education programs. Every family will leave The CARE Center with the tools and resources to help ensure abuse prevention moving forward. Our educational trainings are also available free of charge to children and adults throughout the community.

Resources

Education

Licensing Partners

Glasgow Police Department in Glasgow, Montana   The Children’s Listening Place in Parkersburg, West Virginia   The William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center in Claremore,

Advocacy

We’re looking for a Nurse!

Are you a rock star professional with a passion for helping children? Join our team! The following positions are available now: Medical Coordinator Registered Nurses

News

The CARE Center re-earns accreditation

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. (June 13, 2017) – National Children’s Alliance awarded The CARE Center (Child Abuse Response & Evaluation) Inc. re-accreditation following an extensive application

Advocacy

Keeping Your Children Safe

Did you know that most child victims suffer abuse at the hands of someone they know, love, and trust? Someone that YOU know, love, and

Education

Recognizing & Reporting Abuse

Child abuse is an act that endangers or impairs a child’s physical, mental or emotional health and development. Child abuse may take the form of