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Talking to Kids About Tragedy

Children don’t think exactly like adults. When discussing this week’s shooting at an Ohio high school, deadly severe storms or other tragedies with children, it’s important to take special care. Carrie Little, program coordinator/educator at Family & Children’s Services, has tips to help parents talk to their children about tragedy.

 

 

 

 

Need professional help in dealing with trauma in your child’s life? We can help. Click here to learn more about trauma treatment services at Family & Children’s Services.

New Ideas in Health Care Benefit Clients, Entire Community – By Dianne Hughes, Program Director, Case Management and Special Projects

We hear a lot these days about the poor state of health in Oklahoma as compared to the rest of the nation. Perhaps you’ve also heard the news that people diagnosed with a serious mental illness are at a higher risk of premature death. Earlier this month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration/Health Resources Services Administration Center for Integrated Health Solutions explained that these premature deaths are “largely due to complications from untreated, preventable chronic illnesses like obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, which are aggravated by poverty-driven health choices, like poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and smoking.”

We at Family & Children’s Services are acutely aware of this problem. Many of our clients don’t have a regular medical doctor. They use the emergency room for their health care or, sadly, forgo needed medical attention. Through a partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation and Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Family & Children’s Services took a bold step to help improve the health of our clients by opening a medical clinic in October 2011 inside the Sarah & John Graves Center.  

Currently, the clinic operates one day a week and is available for adults receiving mental health services from Family & Children’s Services. Clinic patients may also receive free medication as prescribed by a Morton medical provider. Patients receive treatment for colds and other minor complaints and serious, chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

So, can one day a week really help? By mid-February, 281 clients had been seen during the clinic’s 16 operating days. Over 70 percent of those served said they didn’t have a primary care physician and, instead, used to visit hospital emergency rooms for care. More than 20 percent didn’t seek care when sick. But now, these individuals have a resource for getting treatment and, just as important, managing their wellness.

The direct impact on our clients and their loved ones is evident. However, our community as a whole benefits, too, through less crowded emergency rooms and lower health care costs. 

Mental Illness Impacts 1 in 5 Americans, report shows

A new national report reveals that 45.9 million American adults aged 18 or older, or 20 percent of this age group, experienced mental illness in the past year. The rate of mental illness was more than twice as high among those aged 18 to 25 (29.9 percent) than among those aged 50 and older (14.3 percent). Adult women were also more likely than men to have experienced mental illness in the past year (23 percent versus 16.8 percent).

 

To read the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s full news release on the study, click here.

Fun & Free Time Together as a Family

Too often, parents find themselves caught in a game of “gimme” with their children – as in, “Gimme this, Mom.” or “Dad, can you gimme a new video game?” However, how much money you spend on your kids matters less than how much time you spend with them.

Tulsa World Blogger Natalie Mikles has some fantasic ideas for spending time together as a family free or on the cheap. We have a few other suggestions:

Have a board game night. Younger children can be paired up with older kids or parents. Reading game cards reinforces language skills, and moving the pawn and handling money helps with mathematics.

Channel Scheherezade, the fabled Persian storyteller. She told a story that lasted 1,001 nights, ending each night’s session on a suspenseful note. Let every member of the family have an opportunity to tell part of the story you create together.

Go dancing without the stars. Turn on some music and cut a rug on your own rug. It’s a great way to get some exercise and is likely to leave everyone giggling.

Stage your own “Chopped” challenge. Set out an array of motley ingredients, start a timer and tell your little chef to create a culinary masterpiece. Plan to be on hand to help younger children with cutting and any cooking required, but let their creativity guide the final product.

 

 

Do Your Part — By Carrie Little, Family Life Education Program Coordinator

“He isn’t even trying anymore.”

“She doesn’t care.”

 

Sound familiar?  If so, you are not alone.  Many couples go through times when one or both feel that they are the only one “working” on the relationship.  It becomes frustrating to reflect on your relationship and see only those things that you do to make your relationship work.  It can become a habit to focus only on those things that your partner ISN’T doing.  When this habit forms it is likely that other bad habits form in its wake, including bouts of escalation when trying to discuss issues with your partner, or starting sentences that begin with, “You never… ” or “You always… .”

Especially if you have children together, it is important to find ways of relating to one another without damaging your closeness.  One way to begin this process is called “Do Your Part.”  This concept relies greatly on your ability to look closely at your thoughts and actions to bring about change in your relationship.  In other words, in every situation, find a way to do the best you can.  Whether that be choosing not to yell and scream, or choosing to do something nice for your partner even in times of irritation. 

This does not mean you can change your relationship on your own.  It takes two to make a relationship work over time.  However, if both you and your partner begin a daily practice of “Do Your Part,” the need for each to focus on the other’s bad behavior will cease.  This involves trust.  You have to trust that your partner is doing everything he or she can to make your relationship and family life work, and vice versa.  This also involves a lot of respect and kindness, both toward yourself and your partner.

“Do Your Part” can change the tone of your relationship.  You will begin to process events in a different way.  Instead of automatically going toward the one thing your partner did wrong, you will be thinking in “I” statements instead.  Like, “What could I have done to make that conversation better?”  or, “What could I do today to make my relationship stronger?” 

 

If you would like to learn more about “Do Your Part,” and other concepts and skills to make your relationship strong, Family & Children’s Services offers a free class called Forever. For Real. In this class, couples learn together the skills needed to create a lasting and loving partnership.

Calling All Retailers: Clear Your Racks!

Family & Children’s Services is asking local retailers to clear their racks. The agency’s popular warehouse sale fundraising event is just around the corner – and merchandise is needed!

F&CS will host its ninth annual Abersons & Friends Warehouse Sale on March 28-30, 2012, at its central office, 650 S. Peoria Avenue. Proceeds of the sale will help F&CS provide counseling, treatment and support services to children who’ve been abused, families in crisis and individuals faced with overwhelming problems or mental illness.

Local merchants can support the effort by donating unsold stock – including home décor, housewares; women’s, men’s and children’s clothing; accessories and more – to F&CS. The agency will coordinate pick up from stores. Participating merchants may take a tax deduction for any items they donate, will be listed in promotional materials and – best of all! – will have more room on their racks to display the latest spring merchandise. 

Nearly 35 stores and hundreds of bargain-loving shoppers participated in last year’s Abersons & Friends Warehouse Sale. To get more information or schedule a pick up date, contact Rochelle Dowdell, the F&CS special events coordinator, at 918.560.1115 or rdowdell@fcsok.org.

F&CS Central Office closing early – 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2

Family & Children’s Services central location at 650 S. Peoria Ave. will close at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 2, in observance of Independence Day. Offices will remain closed until Monday.

Any classes scheduled during that time are canceled.

For more information, call 918-587-9471.

F&CS in effort to end homelessness

TULSA, Okla. – Family & Children’s Services is part of a collaboration of 24 Tulsa organizations to end homelessness among veterans by Dec. 31, 2015, an effort which kicked off this month.

Greer Fites, F&CS’ senior homeless program director, serves on the governance committee of A Way Home for Tulsa, the local arm of a national effort to provide housing for the homeless. Tulsa is one of 75 cities participating, and F&CS, a nonprofit community health center that helps one in six Tulsans, is providing mental health resources in the collaboration, Fites said.

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Greer Fites, F&CS senior program director, homelessness

“The whole purpose of it is to work on the issues of homelessness in a collaborative fashion between all these various agencies that touch the homeless,” Fites said.

Social service professionals counted 716 homeless in Tulsa in January 2015. About 16 percent of those counted were veterans.

Generally, about one-third of the homeless have what mental health professionals call a “serious mental illness,” such as major depression, she said. Only about 10 percent of them suffer from a psychosis such as schizophrenia.

Fites serves on the council’s quality management subcommittee, which looks at ensuring resources are put toward the program that produces the best results for recipients and homeless housing programs, such as those run by the Mental Health Association Oklahoma and the Salvation Army.

She said Tulsa benefits considerably from organizations like F&CS, as well as the community’s strong philanthropic support to help the homeless.

“Tulsa is fortunate to have a collaborative of 24 organizations who have a common goal – to end chronic homelessness in our community,” said Jeff Jaynes, chair of A Way Home for Tulsa’s governance council and Restore Hope’s executive director.

Go to www.fcsok.org for more information about F&CS’ role to help end homelessness in Tulsa.

About Family & Children’s Services

For 90 years, Family & Children’s Services has been the place to turn for help with problems that seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone. The agency restores children’s well-being, heals victims of abuse, strengthens individuals and families, and provides hope and recovery for adults suffering from mental illness and addictions. Today, its life-changing services help one in six Tulsans.

Family & Children’s Services is a partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way. F&CS is also a member of the following national organizations: Mental Health Corporations of America and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. F&CS is certified with distinction as a community mental health center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. F&CS is also certified with distinction as a Community Mental Health Center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Additionally, F&CS is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program and certified with distinction as a Gambling Treatment Program.

 

Community Service Council

Tulsa Area United Way

 

Matt Elliott
Social and traditional media producer
Family & Children’s Services
918-560-1141
melliott@fcsok.org

Women in Recovery – 16 women graduate

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TULSA, Okla. — She can look herself in the mirror and like the woman she sees.

That’s because she and 15 other women are now Women in Recovery graduates, Jennifer Harris told the audience assembled for their graduation ceremony June 12.

Thanks to WIR, Harris and her peers avoided a total of 180 years in prison for non-violent offenses. Instead of likely returning to prison (Oklahoma leads the nation in incarcerating women), the graduates entered WIR, an intensive outpatient alternative to incarceration for those facing long prison sentences because of non-violent, drug-related offenses.

The graduates received job training, counseling, substance abuse treatment and other much needed services through the program to help them stay out of the justice system and remain productive members of society. They were honored at Family & Children’s Services WIR facility at 1055 S. Houston Ave.

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Jennifer Harris accepts her Women in Recovery diploma from Amy Santee, senior program officer with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, as Tulsa County District Judge Bill Musseman smiles. Harris was one of 16 women to graduate June 12 from Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery, a program operated in partnership with the Kaiser foundation.

“I will forever be grateful to the Women in Recovery staff, or as I call them, ‘The League of Extraordinary Women,’” Harris told the audience of WIR staff members, graduates’ loved ones and the program’s supporters. Her husband, on leave from Fort Sill, was in the audience, as was her mother, Barbara, herself a graduate of the program.

Many in the audience wiped away tears as Harris and other classmates spoke. Before she was accepted, she was in and out of legal trouble and failed treatment programs for more than a decade.

No treatment addressed the root cause of her addiction, she said during a later interview – trauma associated with the death of an infant son. The drugs doctors prescribed just kept her numb, and she ended up addicted.

That addiction touched off a spree of drug-related crimes in forgery, fraud, concealing stolen property and larceny. She had already served time with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and was facing more hard time when, as part of a plea agreement, she agreed to apply to WIR.

“I was a liar, a thief, a horrible mother and facing a 10-year prison sentence,” Harris told the graduation crowd. “I knew I wanted more for myself and my family. I wanted to be the mother and wife they deserved and could be proud of. But most of all, I wanted to be the woman I could stand to look at in the mirror.”

WIR works closely with the criminal justice system and other community partners to give its women the supervision they need, along with substance abuse counseling, mental health treatment and trauma treatment education, workforce training and family reunification to ensure they break the cycle of re-offending. More than a few WIR participants don’t pass its grueling curriculum. Harris did, though, and proudly told the crowd she’s been sober for almost two years, and has a career now as a chef. But those who do have a better chance at succeeding in life than they did before and a rediscovered sense of self-worth.

“You have pushed through the fears of what others have thought of you,” Mimi Tarrasch, WIR’s senior executive program director, told the women during a speech at the graduation. “Now, you know what you are made of, and what you were meant to be.”

Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor was the keynote speaker – introduced by Ken Levit, executive director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. To laughs from the crowd, she related a story of a trip to the Tulsa Children’s Museum with one of her grandchildren, and a potential trip down a tape tunnel that left her doubting in herself. Her grandson told her to use her “super girl powers.”

That got her thinking about what makes a superhero. She boiled it down to courage, humility, persistence and grit.

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Former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor gives the keynote speech during Women in Recovery’s graduation ceremony June 12.

“As I thought about the journey of each of our women in recovery graduates, I said to myself, ‘You are my superheroes,” said Taylor, looking at the graduates as someone said “right on” in the audience. “You had the courage to say, ‘I’m going to change my life.’ Despite what might have seemed like insurmountable odds, you had the humility to say, ‘I will not be defined by my past. I will define my future.’

“You have had the persistence to move forward, even when things didn’t go exactly as planned – even when that curve in the road was a little bit more than you anticipated. And you had the grit to believe you could succeed, even though I bet there were voices often around you that didn’t want you to, and they tried to discourage you …”

“… I want you to put yourself in front of a mirror and see that superhero cape flying behind you. And remember: You have super powers. You can do anything.”

The women accepted flowers and their WIR diplomas from Bill Musseman, chief judge of Tulsa County’s criminal division, and Amy Santee, senior program officer with the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Family and Children’s Services operates the program with funding from the foundation.

Tarrasch thanked district judges Musseman, Caroline Wall and Bill Kellough, and Kate Thomas, for her assistance with the night’s graduation, and Clary Sage College, which provided a makeover for each of the graduates that day.

The graduation was especially poignant for Harris.

Her mother struggled with drug addiction for much of her life. Seeing her graduate from WIR in 2013 helped Harris realize WIR could help her, too.

“She’s been a positive role model to me since then,” said Harris, as the audience filed out of the room after the ceremony ended, noting that last Christmas was the first she and her mother had spent together in 10 years. “Mom graduating just gave me enough courage to try it out and believe what the people in the program were telling me here. That’s all you need is a little bit of hope, and you can just grow from that.

“It’s so scary. It’s so hard. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do just to say that I’m a drug addict. My pride got in the way of that so much. Being honest with myself and other people, that took a lot of courage.”

F&CS also thanks WIR supporters including Kathy Taylor; Phil Frohlich, George Kaiser Family Foundation board member; Ken Levit, GKFF’s executive director; Rob Nigh, Tulsa County’s chief public defender; and Tammy Westcott, Tulsa County assistant district attorney. She also thanked WIR’s many community and business partners, including Tulsa County Court Services, Madonna House; Lindsey House; The Parent Child Center of Tulsa; Mental Health Association Oklahoma; The University of Tulsa; The University of Oklahoma; Zeeco Inc., and the many others who support WIR’s efforts.

 

Matt Elliott
Social and traditional media producer
918-560-1141
melliott@fcsok.org

F&CS thanks Adam Robinson for 10 years’ service on board of directors

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Family & Children’s Services thanks Adam Robinson for his 10 years service on our board of directors. Robinson, who stepped down at last week’s board meeting, received a child’s painting as a token of F&CS’ gratitude.

Thank you, Adam, for all you do and continue to do for F&CS.

Recovery for a lifetime thanks to F&CS and TCC

Women in Recovery participants don’t just recover from substance abuse. They also gain skills that will help them land jobs once they graduate.

That’s why Women in Recovery, operated by Family & Children’s Services in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, wouldn’t be complete without a job training partnership with Tulsa Community College.

Heather Langley, a WIR employment specialist who helps women find work, said the courses are about empowering women to be self-sufficient, an effort which also benefits their children and families.

“I think it’s important that everyone in their life gets a chance to find success and happiness,” Langley said. “Not everybody comes from a background that gives them equal footing in accessing that opportunity. This is the case for the majority of our women in the program.”

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Ashley Wynn, Emily Franklin, Ashley Suttles and Shawna Stice pose for a photo after graduating last May from TCC’s Second Chance program through Women in Recovery.

The partnership, dubbed Second Chance, provides certificates in business computing and hospitality to participants at Women in Recovery.

The classes help participants get jobs, and the classes make it less likely they’ll re-offend later, Langley said.

“Employment equates empowerment and self-sufficiency,” Langley said. “I think the greatest gift we can give our children is showing them you can be passionate about your work, you can find a job that not only emotionally fulfills you but is able to meet your basic needs.”

The courses are delivered face-to-face based on a mentorship philosophy. The hospitality certificate features up-to-the-minute materials in customer service, quality control, event planning, leadership, labor and food costs, while the business computing skills certificate offers the most current training in Microsoft Office 2013 programs and others.

Jeff Horvath, TCC Corrections Education Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Business, said the classes make a difference. Employers have told him graduates of the class are better prepared than some of their own employees.

“Their employers tell us, ‘Some of your students who go through your Second Chance program have state-of-the-art skills. We’ve got to offer some of these classes to our organizations,’” Horvath said.

Horvath, an entrepreneur who teaches some of the courses, also brings in guest speakers from industry. About 50 women have participated in the program. Each semester ends in a graduation ceremony attended by students’ families and friends – a huge milestone in the students’ lives when just a few years before they were headed to prison or worse.

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Ashley Newlin poses for a photo after her graduation from TCC’s Second Chance program through Women in Recovery.

Horvath said TCC officials believe Second Chance serves a need in a state that leads the nation in incarceration rates among women. Less than 5 percent of the TCC program’s participants return to prison – light years ahead of the over 20 percent rate for those who don’t participate.

“First of all, as we provide these skills for them to get a job, then hopefully we’ll break that cycle of them getting re-incarcerated,” Horvath said. “Secondly, we know this affects generations … We’re very passionate about how we break that generational cycle. If the women go through our program and then get a job, they chart a different path with their life. Then, all of a sudden, that’s going to affect their kids and positively impact our community as they become contributing members of society.”

The program is free for students. It’s supported through the Second Chance Scholarships Fund, comprised of donations from people, businesses and foundations.

“Our vision for our partnership with Family & Children’s Services is to change Oklahoma from being the biggest incarcerator of women to being a role model for the nation,” Horvath said. “This is just one part of the effort, but it’s an important one.”

For more information about WIR, go to http://www.fcsok.org/services/wir/. For more information on or to contribute to TCC’s Second Chance, go to http://www.tulsacc.edu/secondchance.

 

Matt Elliott
Social and traditional media producer
Family & Children’s Services
918-560-1141
melliott@fcsok.org

Brainiac Ball’s record night makes Tulsa World’s People & Places

Family & Children’s Services Brainiac Ball trivia night, auction and fundraiser made the Tulsa World Sunday. Click below to read the coverage.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the event at success.

http://tinyurl.com/oxs9acb

 

 

Men: Take part in a child’s life this Father’s Day, every day

Did you know children who grow up with a father figure have better abilities to reason, plan and remember?

While women play unique vital roles in child development, research shows fathers, or father figures, such as an uncle, family friend or role model, play an important role in helping kids develop such abilities later in life, said Robyn Haley, senior program manager with Family & Children’s Services Early Childhood Program.

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Robyn Haley, senior program manager, Early Childhood Program

“So often nowadays, we find that we’re feeling so much of our own internal pressures of what it takes to be a good parent,” Haley said. “What we really need to remind ourselves is children just want our time.”

All children want a positive, loving home environment with routines and clear, consistent communication, Haley said. They want adults to do what they say they’ll do. And, as they age, they want parents to listen to them, give good advice and help them overcome obstacles.

For fathers who don’t have custody of their children, it might seem too tough to be there for their kids.

But often, simple, regular check-ins – say, over the phone – give kids a chance to connect and share everyday activities, Haley said.

Younger children, meanwhile, just want parents to sit down and play with them, doing little things such as coloring or playing games.

That’s something with which some parents aren’t always comfortable.

“You would be amazed by how many individuals feel incredibly awkward doing that,” said Haley, who added that F&CS offers classes, such as our Active Parenting Now class, that help parents play well with their kids.

“So often, we feel like a tree is brown and green, and that’s the way a tree is supposed to be – and we don’t color outside the lines. Blocks are to build buildings. As adults, we get in to what is the proper way to play, and children just want our time.”

Children respond to men’s tone of voice differently than that of women, who tend to be more personal and descriptive, while men communicate briefly, directly and subtly, Haley said. The play is different, too – more active and structured.

Often, men are more comfortable with sports. Engaging in sports play, such as a friendly game of pickup basketball or soccer, can be a great way to connect with kids.

Men, even if they aren’t fathers of the children involved, can play a role and help children they’re around.

Those children do better in school, have healthier self-esteem, get along better with others and make better decisions than those with no father figure.

“Positive male role models to little ladies teach them how someone should be respectful. What are appropriate mannerisms? What are ways you can learn to disagree in a positive manner with our little boys? It’s always important for them to know what their role is in the world. They look for the males who are in their lives as role models, whether positive or negative to understand how to problem solve, communicate wants and needs …”

If there’s a child in your life, whether it’s your own or that of a family member or loved one, take some time to interact with them this Father’s Day. Or any day, for that matter. Not only will you have some fun, but that interaction could change that child’s life for the better.

 

Resources for fathers and father figures:

National Center for Fathering

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Childhood Welfare Gateway

 

Family & Children’s Services parenting classes:

1, 2, 3, 4, Parents!

Active Parenting Now

Active Parenting of Teens

Active Parenting for Step Families

ADHD Parent Coaching

Cooperative Parenting & Divorce

 

Matt Elliott
Social and traditional media producer
918-560-1141
melliott@fcsok.org

Brainiac Ball raises record amount for Family & Children’s Services

 

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TULSA, Okla. – Family & Children’s Services trivia and auction night, Brainiac Ball, raised more than a half million dollars for Tulsans in need, a record amount in the event’s 12-year history. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW EVENT PHOTOS)

The ball, which took place May 30 at the Cox Business Center in downtown, raised $611,965, 10 percent increase over 2014’s event. More than 620 people attended the event, which included a trivia competition and auction items ranging from VIP Oklahoma City Thunder tickets to luxurious getaways and other unique experiences.

“The importance of the work we do, along with the generosity of our donors, makes for a record-breaking event,” said F&CS Development Director Susan McCalman. “Our volunteers, led by chairs Marianne Ballard and Jennifer Cooper, worked so hard to make the evening very special and fun. We have the best supporters in Tulsa.”

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Preceding the successful event was another record-breaking F&CS fundraiser, the White Party, which on May 1 raised $100,000 for Tulsans in need.

Eighty organizations and individuals sponsored Brainiac Ball. Sponsors include Cyclonic Valve, John W. and Jerry E. Marshall Foundation; Marjo and Robert Burk; The Vineyard on Memorial; Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; George Kaiser Family Foundation; Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; Frederic Dorwart, Lawyers; Mervin Bovaird Foundation; Ruth Nelson; Tina and Lance Parkhill; Denise and John Redmond; Apache Corp.; Arvest Bank; BancFirst; Bank of America Corp.; Commerce Bank; CommunityCare; Deloitte; Donna and Gary Dundee; Hall Estill Attorneys at Law; the Helmerich family; Joseph and Virginia Dibert Foundation; Kathy S. Craft Foundation; Laura and Max Mantooth; Ralph and Frances McGill Foundation; Gary and Anita Rathburn; Saint Francis Health System; Statewide General Agency Inc.; the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation; The Oxley Foundation; Bob and Jill Thomas; Vicki Vaniman and Zarrow Families Foundation.

Other sponsors include AmerisourceBergen Corp.; BOK Financial Corp.; BKD LLP; BlueStone Natural Resources; CloseBend; Carey and Mike Cole; Conner & Winters LLP; Cox Communications; J.W. and Mollie Craft; Fritz Baily Architects; Kristie and Roy Grossman; Hardesty Family Foundation; Helmerich & Payne Inc.; Hilti Inc.; The Holmes Organisation; Jackie Cooper Imports; Kinslow, Keith & Todd; Mabrey Bank; McAfee & Taft/The Radford Company; Mutual of America Life Insurance Co.; Nabholz Construction; Oakridge Builders; RNDC of Oklahoma; Sanditen Cos.; SemGroup Corp.; Sisk Chartiable Trust; U.S. Pioneer Inc. and WPX Energy.

For more information, contact Melanie Henry, chief communications and development officer, at mhenry@fcsok.org, or go to www.fcsok.org.

Follow Family & Children’s Services on Twitter at @FCSTulsa and like FCS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fcsok.

Child Abuse Warning Signs

Child Abuse & Trauma Services Program Director Christine Marsh explains why “No. Go. Tell.” are the three words every child should know to stay safe from predators.

Watch the Channel 8 interview here

White Party results in the Tulsa World

Last month’s record-breaking White Party results made the Tulsa World over the weekend. Did you see the story? Here it is below.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/peopleandplaces/people-places-family-children-s-services/article_a97a69b2-4492-51d4-be8c-9f8b2b3c1adb.html