The CARE Center began in 1991 as a project between the Oklahoma City Police Department and the Mental Health Association in Oklahoma County. A task force was assembled in the spring of 1991 to visit a Dallas, Texas Child Advocacy Center. The private and public sectors of Oklahoma County came together in an unprecedented approach to ensure this model was made available for abused children in our community.
At The CARE Center, children are interviewed forensically and referred to mental health professionals and other services including court school. Away from institutional settings such as law enforcement agencies, social services and prosecutors' offices, The CARE Center's environment and unique approach minimizes anxiety and fear in child-victims by prioritizing their needs. The CARE Center allows law enforcement, child protective services, prosecutors, mental health and medical professionals to come together in a collaborative effort, as a multi-disciplinary task force, focusing on the best interests and needs of the child.
Currently, The CARE Center owns and operates out of five buildings, the main building houses the administrative staff, mental health professionals and child advocacy specialists, as well as the forensic interviewers; the second building is a handicap accessible facility with two additional forensic interviewing and staff rooms; a third building houses eleven (11) DHS personnel, the fourth building (Medical Annex) is used for medical examinations of the victims of child abuse and/or sexual abuse and interviews of possible perpetrators, and the fifth building houses members of the Oklahoma City Police Department's Crimes Against Children Unit.
· ROAR Abuse Prevention Program. ROAR is a simple and free child abuse prevention program with a two-part curriculum: Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse training for adults and ROAR Kids.
o Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse is for parents, teachers, professionals, and volunteers who work directly with children. The training provides participants with the tools to recognize the symptoms and long-term effects of child abuse, plus how to respond to suspected abuse in a way that’s safe for the child and the person reporting. The training is interactive and includes Q&A time with our experienced presenters.
o ROAR Kids is The CARE Center’s prevention program for children. We often teach our children about fire safety, bullying and dealing with strangers, but not how to stay safe from abuse. ROAR Kids is specific to children ages 4-8 and is taught in a classroom or small group setting. Through the lesson, children learn the Rules of ROARing in an interactive and fun way. The primary principles that children learn are:
Remember, privates are private
Okay to say no
Always talk about secrets
Raise your voice and tell someone.
Take home materials about the lesion informs parents or caregivers and helps them continue the Rules of ROARing conversation at home.
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