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


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 Betsy Lambeth, district director

The Parent Child Center of Tulsa

Regina Moon, president and CEO

Designee: Carrie Little, director of external relations Tulsa CASA Elizabeth Fisher, executive director

Tulsa 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

Chuck Jordan, Chief of Police

Designees: Sgt. Quentin Houck, chief’s administrative aide, and Sgt. Steve Lamb, Child Crisis Unit

Youth Services of Tulsa

David Grewe, executive director  



Laura Dester Children's Center Reopens as Treatment Facility

On December 17, 2018, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and Liberty of Oklahoma Corporation celebrated the reopening of the Laura Dester Children's Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The center will be a treatment facility for…

Oversight panel to judge: Order the Laura Dester children's shelter closed by June 30

Read the whole article By Corey Jones Tulsa World An oversight panel has asked a federal judge to essentially order the Laura Dester Children Center closed by June 30, according to a news release Thursday from a national child welfare…

Transition plan announced for Laura Dester

Click Here for News Release See News Coverage of the Transition Plan   For Media Inquiries, Contact: Sheree Powell – DHS Office of Communications Phone: (405) 521-3027 Email: Sheree.Powell@okdhs.org April 30, 2018 DHS Ending…

DHS Seeking Time on Shelter

From the Tulsa World: DHS Seeking Time on Shelter Read about the state's plan for the Laura Dester Children's Center.   One of the biggest needs is more group home beds. Here's the plan.

'Child Maltreatment' Reported at Laura Dester Shelter

From the Tulsa World: Learn the latest from the co-neutrals about the Laura Dester Children's Center.   Why is the Laura Dester Center Still Open?

Bill Passes

We are so happy to report that the Restricted Registry legislation has passed and will be on its way to the Governor soon. The Child Protection Coalition sees the registry as a way to attack the problem of child abuse. Through this legislation,…

We need you to call!

2017 House of Representatives list We are very excited to announce that Senate Bill 717 passed the Public Health Committee on April 4 with an 8-0 vote. Next, the bill will be heard by the full House of Representatives, and we need your…
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CPC Member Spotlight: Indian Health Care Resource Center Assists Native At-Risk Youth

Indian Health Care Resource Center (IHCRC) is a community response to the funding and healthcare disparities of Tulsa’s urban Indian community. Almost 40 years after inception, IHCRC remains dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive healthcare…
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CPC Member Spotlight: The Child Abuse Network - Tulsa’s Children’s Advocacy Center

The mission of the Child Abuse Network (CAN) is to provide collaborative intervention services to child abuse victims, so that they are encouraged to embrace a future driven by hope. CAN serves as the coordinator for the multiple agencies that…