Family & Children’s Services promotes, supports and strengthens the
well-being and behavioral health of adults, children and families.

Family & Children’s Services has an extraordinary heritage, spanning a century (1921-2021).


As the largest community mental health center in Oklahoma, we are committed to the highest levels of quality and accountability. We are local, state and national award winners. Our excellent reputation derives from a history of demonstrated outcomes and a commitment to providing best practice and evidence-based services to clients.


We extend our reach and optimize service capacity in the community. We ensure access to services through a network of nine convenient office locations in metro Tulsa and by co-locating services in schools and other community organizations.


In addition to daytime hours, we offer evening appointments at many locations. A strong board of directors governs the agency. Diversified funding, dynamic fundraising and social entrepreneurship activities provide the necessary resources to care for over 120,000 people in need each year.

Organizational Excellence & Accountability
  • Diversity and Inclusion – We are committed to promoting a culturally competent staff and ensuring a diverse organizational culture which is inclusive and welcoming to all people.
  • Excellence – We are committed to excellence. Staff strive to be their best and deliver the highest quality care to all we serve.
  • Data-Driven – We collect, benchmark and analyze data to drive organizational decisions.
  • Financial Stewardship – We accept the responsibility of the public trust and hold the highest standards of accountability and transparency.
  • Integrity and Ethics – We adhere to the highest level of professional standards and code of ethics.
  • Fun – We like to sprinkle the workday with some fun.
  • Facility and Environment – We value attractive facilities and intentionally create a warm and welcoming therapeutic environment for clients and staff.
  • Technology – We are committed to a high technology environment to enhance client services and organizational effectiveness.
  • Stakeholders – We value the unique contributions of our various stakeholders who invest time, talent and financial resources to the agency.
  • Dynamic Culture of Cooperation and Communication – We promote an organizational culture where cooperative teamwork and effective communication are paramount.
  • Strategic and Forward Thinking – As agents of change, we value strategic, future-oriented thinking.
Service, Excellence & Innovation
  • Access to Services – We assure rapid access and availability to services and utilize branch locations and co-location with other entities to help underserved populations.
  • Recovery-Oriented – We focus on recovery, resiliency and wellness while working with clients to define and achieve each individual’s best possible outcome.
  • Customer Service – We promote a customer service philosophy of accessible, engaging affordable, convenient and quality services.
  • Community Needs Responsiveness – We respond swiftly to changing demographics and emerging community needs.
  • Partnerships – We promote strategic partnerships and collaborations to enhance service delivery.
  • Evidence-Based Practices – We are early adopters of evidence-based practices to ensure the highest quality of care.
  • Compassionate and Confidential – We treat clients with respect and dignity, and uphold privacy and confidentiality.
  • Strength-Based – We build on family and individual personal strengths.
  • Advocacy – We advocate for clients’ needs, mobilize formal and informal resources and engage in public policy activities.
  • Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) – We are a results-oriented, continuous improvement organization focusing on quality of care.
  • Professional Development – We ensure extensive staff development and training opportunities for professional staff and interns.

1930s

1932 – Name changed to United Relief & Service Association to furnish shelter and food to families in distress • 1937 – Name changed to The United Family Service Association to extend relief to disadvantaged families and restore them to independent and normal family life.

1940s

1944 – The United Family Service Association merged with the Children’s Service Bureau to become Tulsa Family & Children’s Services in order to expedite services to the community.

1950s

Homemaker services began • Adoption work increased • Agency ceased relief work and focused on counseling services • Began collaborations with Tulsa Public Schools, Salvation Army, the Tulsa County Bar, Juvenile Court, Dunbar Day Care Center and Tulsa Boys Home.

1960s

Initiated home-based counseling to the aged • Seminole Hills Project begins, using private enterprise for urban renewal • 1969 – Began a one-to-one volunteer program that became Big Brothers & Sisters • Founded the Timothy Varick Child Center • Opened the first office in north Tulsa • Established South Haven Community Center.

1970s

Sunshine Services Homemaker Home Health Aide was established • Foster care and adoption services were discontinued • Family counseling services and FLE programs expanded • The Central Office was moved to the South Peoria location, and the East Tulsa office was opened • 1971- Began juvenile delinquency prevention programs in public housing.

1990s

Agency begins providing literacy services at the request of TAUW • Helping Children Cope With Divorce program was established • The Head Start partnership began • Satellite offices and family resource centers were expanded into surrounding metro areas • Began annual training conference featuring world-class family therapy leaders • Initiated disaster response services • Implemented best-practice prevention programs.

2000s

Established the F&CS mental health division • Built new Central Office facility • Opened Sarah and John Grave Center on Harvard • Expanded partnerships and collaborations to better serve the community

  • Created child psychiatry, substance abuse services and drug court / mental health court prison diversion programs • Children’s and school-based mental health services expanded • Established specialized education programs for fathers • Began court case management services for high conflict divorce • Family support and mental health services for head start and early head start increased significantly • Established a PACT team for high-risk adults suffering from homelessness, mental illness and addiction • Began anger management groups • Initiated specialty in child trauma treatment • Expanded child abuse services • Initiated co-occurring services • Established pharmacy to serve mental health clients •Initiated 24/7 mobile crisis services for children • Began the Women in Recovery program for women facing incarceration due to addiction • Implemented new Systems of Care program for children • Implemented new home-based trauma treatment program for children • Expanded family preservation services to 31 Northeastern Oklahoma counties • Implemented new evidence-based trauma treatment models for children • Expanded assertive community treatment program for homeless• Implemented new evidence-based trauma treatment models for children • Created new integrated health program •  Open new 24/7 CrisisCare to provide short-term crisis stabilization for emergency psychiatric needs of adults