The Child Abuse Network provides a collaborative and non-duplicated interagency approach to process and investigate child abuse cases. The centralized, team approach is designed from the child’s point of view to help minimize the trauma of child abuse investigation and promote the healing process.
Less Traumatic Investigation
Prior to the Child Abuse Network and the Children’s Advocacy Center (formerly Justice Center), children were taken from Department of Human Services (DHS) offices to police departments then to doctors’ offices in order to gather information on the reported abuse. To the child the investigation meant stressful examinations and repetitive interviews in cold, sterile facilities.
Now, CAN provides one, central location where the professionals come to the children. The centralized approach reduces the number of times children must repeat their story and helps them begin their healing process faster.
Readily Available Medical Evaluations
Through CAN’s centralized approach, an on-site medical evaluation by a child abuse medical expert is available for the first time in the State of Oklahoma as a standard component of child abuse investigations.