The Coalition’s mission is to promote protection, justice, and healing for abused and neglected children in
Tulsa County by optimizing systems collaboration, advocacy, training, and best practices.

Membership Partners

The Child Protection Coalition Has 28 Members

General Membership meetings are open to the public and occur on the 2nd Friday of every other month at noon.

Charter Members

The Child Protection Coalition Charter Members are the original 13 organizations that formed as a group in 2003. Each Charter Member agency votes on Coalition issues.

Child Abuse Network Maura Guten, president and CEO

DVIS Tracey Lyall, CEO Designees: Donna Mathews, COO, and Rose Turner, VP of Clinical Services and Programs

Family & Children’s Services Gail Lapidus, CEO Designee: Christine Marsh, senior director of Child Abuse and Trauma Services

Indian Health Care Resource Center Carmelita Skeeter, CEO Designees: Kelly Mounce, project director of Systems of Care, and Aly Speers, domestic violence coordinator

Oklahoma Department of Human Services David Clifton, Deputy Director Region 5 Designees: Kelli Heath, programs analyst, and Ashley Dugger, district director

The Parent Child Center of Tulsa Regina Moon, president and CEO Designee: Steve Hahn, Vice President of Youth Programs 

Tulsa Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Elizabeth Fisher, executive director

Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office Steve Kunzweiler, district attorney Designee: Tanya Wilson, Juvenile Division director

Tulsa County District Court The Honorable Martha Rupp Carter, District Judge Designees: Tera Snelson and Brandy Laird, court case managers

Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office Vic Regalado, Sheriff Designees: Cpt. Scott Dean and Deputy Wayne Pauley

Tulsa Lawyers for Children Elizabeth Hocker, executive director Designees: Timothy Michaels-Johnson, associate director and staff attorney, and Courtney Nelbach, staff attorney    

Tulsa Police Department Wendell Franklin, Chief of Police Designees: Sgt. Steve Lamb, Child Crisis Unit

Youth Services of Tulsa David Grewe, executive director Designees: Beth Svetlic, Assistant Executive Director


Pay raises at DHS

From the DHS Facebook page September 12, 2019: DHS Announces 13% pay raises for frontline employees, calls for Oklahomans to apply for 550 vacant positions DHS will fully fund pay increases within its FY’20 budget to bring frontline…

General Membership meeting October 11

Child Protection Coalition meetings are open to the public and typically are at noon on the second Friday every other month at Youth Services of Tulsa, 311 S. Madison Ave. The next meeting will be October 11, 2019. We encourage you to…

Child Abuse Network provides less traumatic investigation of abuse

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…

The Life of Firestrike

Watch the video Family & Children’s Services Child Abuse and Trauma Services – also known as CATS – leaps giant hurdles to provide hope and healing to nearly 5,000 children each year who have experienced abuse, neglect or…

Tulsa World: New DHS director seeks a 'true north' in managing the agency

Nothing can really prepare a person for the reality of how bad child abuse and neglect can be. That’s something Justin Brown has learned so far on his 51 days as the director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. “There is…

Read the Coalition's Strategic Plan with 4 new priorities

Review the Strategic Plan for 2019-2021 here.

Read about Pinnacle Plan progress

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services settled a class action, civil rights lawsuit against its foster care system by agreeing to make improvements in targeted areas of the state’s Child Welfare system. As part of this settlement agreement,…

DHS announces new leadership

Dr. Myron Pope named Chief of Strategic Engagement Dr. Myron Pope has been named Chief of Strategic Engagement for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). Pope most recently served as Vice President for Student Affairs at the…

Meet the Child Welfare Director

Meet Dr. Deb Shropshire, the newly named Director of Child Welfare for the Department of Human Services. Dr. Shropshire is a pediatrician with OU Children's Physicians in Oklahoma City.  She has held many roles at DHS, including…