Mary Abbott Children's House Inc
PO Box 6316
Norman OK 73070-6316
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Abbott House
Mission Statement Mary Abbott Children's House's mission is to serve child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse and neglect through coordinated inter-agency investigation, intervention, education and advocacy.
Contact Information
Contact Name Clint Williams
Contact email
Address PO Box 6316
Norman, OK 73070 6316
Phone (405) 579-5800
Fax 405-579-5942
County Cleveland
How to Give
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Donate Comfort Items. The staff and volunteers at Abbott House work diligently to reduce further trauma for the children who come here. Several items are routinely used as a function of this work and are always in high demand. Teddy bears, blankets, washable markers and play dough are all welcome donations.
Become a Child Advocate. The children who come through our doors have often experienced or witnessed a trauma related to sexual or severe physical abuse. The job of the Child Advocate is to welcome children to Abbott House, help them feel comfortable before and after their interview or medical exam, and interact with them through safe, fun play with games and toys. Child Advocates are required to complete the three-hour Abbott House training and orientation program and must submit to a criminal background check.
Serve on one of Abbott House's Committees. Our committees help to plan various events, oversee elements of Abbott House's strategic plan such as fundraising, and help shape the course of specific aspects of programming, such as educational outreach. Committee members are not required to be members of the board.
Join Abbott House's Board of Directors. Board members volunteer for terms of three years, and along with the executive director, oversee the general scope and vision of the organization.
Be a sponsor for Abbott House's Annual Coaches' Luncheon. Sponsorships are available at several levels for our annual coaches' luncheon. Through a sponsorship, your name and company logo will be prominently displayed at our event, and you will be recognized at the event for your support.
Make a one-time gift to Abbott House. As a nonprofit organization, we actively fund-raise for our programs and general operating expenses. One-time gifts can be given without restriction or in a designated manner.
Make a contribution or bequest to Abbott House's endowment. While focusing on daily programs and services to children in a primary way, the board and staff of Abbott House are also looking toward the future. A healthy endowment is one way to ensure we will always be able to serve the children who come through its doors. Make a contribution or bequest to the Abbott House endowment and become part of that future.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $649,000.00
Projected Expenses $638,404.08
History and Background
Year Founded 1998
IRS Ruling Year 1996
State Registration Expiration Feb 2015
Mission Mary Abbott Children's House's mission is to serve child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse and neglect through coordinated inter-agency investigation, intervention, education and advocacy.
Background Founded in 1996, the Mary Abbott Children’s House is a safe place for children to tell their stories after a sexual or severe physical trauma. Additionally, Abbott House provides acute sexual exams when necessary and offers reassurance and wellness checks to every child who comes through our doors.

Abbott House is one of approximately 580 independent Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country accredited by the National Children’s Alliance and is charged with serving Cleveland, McClain, and Garvin Counties. Abbott House also serves counties outside of its primary jurisdiction, serving 19 Oklahoma counties in the last year.

Although a stand alone nonprofit organization, Abbott House works closely with law enforcement officers, the district attorney’s office, child protective services, mental health care professionals, and medical professionals to maintain a victim centered, child friendly atmosphere and sensibility during investigations of alleged child abuse.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Central Oklahoma
Mary Abbott Children's House serves child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse and neglect in Cleveland, Garvin, and McClain counties (15 total counties served last year).

Forensic Interviews

What is a forensic interview?

A forensic interview is a non-biased, court defensible fact-finding interview done at the request of law enforcement or child protective services. Forensic interviews are conducted by specially trained interviewers employed by the Mary Abbott Children's House. Abbott House's interviewers are highly experienced and maintain a victim-centered, child-friendly atmosphere in which a child can tell his or her story.

What is the purpose of an interview?

Without the forensic interview approach, various agencies involved in the investigation of a case of child abuse would need to conduct separate interviews to gather the information they need. Repeated interviewing would inevitably cause child victims to repeat the details of their abuse situation over and over, compounding initial trauma. The purpose of a forensic interview is to minimize the number of times children must tell their stories, and the multidisciplinary approach used at Abbott House encourages all agencies involved in the investigation of abuse, such as law enforcement, child protective services, the district attorney's office, and medical and mental health professionals, to work together.

Who is interviewed at Abbott House?

As a nationally certified Children's Advocacy Center, Abbott House interviews only children under the age of 18. Interviews must be requested by law enforcement agencies or child protective services. Cleveland, Garvin, and McClain Counties comprise Abbott House's official jurisdiction, judicial district 21, but Abbott House is authorized to serve any judicial district in Oklahoma in which a Children's Advocacy Center does not exist. In 2012, Abbott House served children in 19 Oklahoma counties.

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

What is a medical assessment?

A medical assessment is a simple, child-friendly process that looks at general health factors such as height and weight, vital signs, and an overall view of the child’s body. In certain situations, forensic evidence is collected to aid investigators.

Why might a medical assessment be offered to a child?

To refer a child for further medical treatment or mental health needs.

To reassure a parent and a child about medical concerns and to inform them about further resources.

To assess a child for injuries or to photograph present injuries.

To collect forensic evidence that may be used in an investigation.

What is NOT part of the medical assessment?

We do not provide any medications or provide a medical diagnosis for any conditions.

We do not test for sexually transmitted diseases.

We do not give any injections or draw blood.


Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Abbott House offers general educational programs on Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Preventing Child Abuse (for Organizations or Parents and Individuals).

The objectives of our Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse program are for attendees to gain an understanding of:

The definitions of child abuse and how to recognize the signs of abuse.

What to do and what not to do when a child discloses abuse.

When and how to report child abuse.

The facts and realities of child abuse.

The mission and function of Abbott House as a nationally accredited Children's Advocacy Center.

The various members of Cleveland County's multidisciplinary team and their respective roles before, during, and after an investigation.

Population Served General/Unspecified
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Clint Williams
Start Date Jan 2012
Experience Clint Williams began as Executive Director of the Mary Abbott Children’s House in January 2012.  Previously, he served as Executive Director of The Xenia Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to dialogue training and fostering public discourse.  Williams also served as Director of Development & External Relations and as Interim Executive Director (External Affairs) at HeartLine, a statewide agency dedicated to information and referral services and suicide prevention.  He holds degrees in Religious Studies (BA) and Voice (BMA) from the University of Oklahoma and has completed terms of service on the City of Norman Human Rights Commission, the Norman Justice Alliance, the OU Women’s and Gender Studies Board, and the Sinfonia Educational Foundation.  Clint currently serves on the United Way of Norman Health & Safety Community Impact Council, the University of Oklahoma Friends of Music board, and the Norman City Council. He was also a member of Leadership Norman 2012.   
Senior Staff
Heidi SmithChief Financial Officer
Number of Full-time Staff 7
Number of Part-time Staff 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 40
Staff Retention Rate 86
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 7
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 6
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2011
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Although a stand alone non-profit organization, Abbott House works closely with law enforcement officers, the district attorney's office, child protective services, mental health care professionals, and medical professionals to maintain a victim centered, child friendly atmosphere and sensibility during investigations of alleged child abuse.

Specific partner agencies include: Norman Police Department, Cleveland County Sheriff's Office, District Attorney's Office DA21 (Greg Mashburn), Bethesda, Inc., the Center for Children and Families, and Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health. 
External Assessments and Accreditations
National Children's Alliance - Accreditation1996
Service AwardUniversity of Oklahoma Interdisciplinary Training Program in Child Abuse and Neglect2013
Board Chair
Name Heather O'Connell
Company Affiliation HEDW Marketing & Management, Inc.
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2016
Board of Directors List
Ruth Beller Community VolunteerVoting
Richard Carlson M.D.Retired PediatricianVoting
Keri Dennis Crosstimbers InsuranceVoting
Kathy Fahl University of OklahomVoting
Gloria Jean Fenn Education Administrator and Professor, RetiredVoting
Gail Grego Norman Regional Health SystemVoting
Barbara Henderson Community VolunteerVoting
Kevin Hopper MidFirst BankVoting
Dustin Horstkoetter Moore Public SchoolsVoting
Barb Kruger Community VolunteerVoting
Autumn McMahon Oklahoma Electric CooperativeVoting
Brandy Menzie Republic Bank and TrustVoting
Heather O'Connell HEDW Marketing & Management, Inc.Voting
Trudy Sickles University of Oklahoma College of LawVoting
Meredith Tipton District Attorney's Office (OK Dist. 21)Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Caucasian 14
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 10
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016-Dec 31, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $649,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $638,404
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$50,966$53,117$48,235
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,523$17,966$11,138
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$67,760$48,829$35,311
Revenue In-Kind$2,888$5,600$8,100
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$426,156$410,375$368,853
Administration Expense$116,130$120,467$111,242
Fundraising Expense$40,624$43,657$43,334
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.040.950.82
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%71%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%9%11%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,463,144$1,382,461$1,386,089
Current Assets$478,993$546,083$625,999
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$110,260$51,758$28,090
Total Net Assets$1,352,884$1,330,703$1,357,999
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.3410.5522.29
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $439,753Foundations & Corporations $404,142Foundations & Corporations $311,053
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $67,760Individuals $53,117Individuals $48,235
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $50,966Special Events $48,829Special Events $35,311
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
Note: Mary Abbott Children's House requested depreciation not be reflected in the expense information show above.  Depreciation was reported in the audit as follows:  2014, 2013 & 2012 for $55,228, $57,985, and $50,081, respectively.  
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Address PO Box 6316
Norman, OK 73070 6316
Primary Phone 405 579-5800
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Clint Williams
Board Chair Heather O'Connell
Board Chair Company Affiliation HEDW Marketing & Management, Inc.


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