Tulsa, Okla — The Child Abuse Network presented the Junior League of Tulsa with its annual Distinguished Service Award on June 27, 2019. The Junior League of Tulsa (JLT) was instrumental in the development of the Child Abuse Network in 1989, collaborating with community partners in law enforcement, medicine, child welfare, and the legal community to develop a vision for what was then the Children’s Advocacy Center. JLT convened the early collaborations with partner organizations and developed, implemented, and staffed the volunteer program during its early years.
Maura Guten, President and CEO of the Child Abuse Network and Junior League of Tulsa sustaining member, presented the award. “Many years ago I sat on a chartered bus with sixty other women as we toured some of Tulsa’s treasures as provisional members of the Junior League of Tulsa,” she noted. “The stories we heard of the League’s involvement in developing those treasures was impressive but none as much as the story of the Child Abuse Network. I am honored to present my dear, fellow volunteers from the Junior League of Tulsa with the 2019 Child Abuse Network Distinguished Services Award.”
When asked about the honor, Jennifer Porter, JLT President 2019-20 remarked, “We are humbled and honored to receive the Child Abuse Network’s 2019 Distinguished Service Award, as our focus area is women and children in transition. Through service, advocacy, and a devotion to children in our community, CAN shares this focus and JLT’s mission to build a better Tulsa. We value our thirty year partnership with CAN and look forward to a future of shared voluntarism.”
The Child Abuse Network brings multiple agencies together in a single, safe, and comforting environment for children and their families. CAN provides collaborative intervention services to child abuse victims. CAN enables medical, mental health, investigative, and legal professionals to work together under one roof for a less traumatic investigation. To date, CAN has given hope to over 40,000 children in the Tulsa community. Today, the Junior League of Tulsa is proud to continue its relationship with CAN through board member and volunteer support.