Basic Organization Information
Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Inc.
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P Human Services
P40 Family Services
P Human Services
P30 Children's and Youth Services
P Human Services
P43 Family Violence Shelters and Services
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Our mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect through education, treatment and advocacy.
The key to preventing child abuse and neglect is early intervention with parent education. We focus on fostering strong attachment in the parent/child relationship by helping parents learn about their child’s needs and developing the skills to safely and effectively meet those needs. We also help parents and children heal from hurts they have suffered in the past and thus prevent perpetuation of a cycle of abuse and neglect.
The Parent Child Center serves children ages 0 to 12, with distinctive expertise in trauma treatment for infants and toddlers ages 0 to 3.
Our vision is that every parent is equipped to provide the safety and nurturing that is necessary for their child’s healthy physical and emotional development. Then, we believe, children will have the best opportunity to thrive, learn and grow up to become responsible adults, productive citizens and loving parents themselves one day.
The work of The Parent Child Center (PCC) has been ongoing since 1972. We reached over 46,000 parents and children in 2012 with at least one of our programs or services.
When Colorado pediatrician C. Henry Kempe, M.D., first coined the phrase “battered child syndrome” in the mid-1960’s, medical professionals across the country took notice. In Tulsa, nurses and physicians at St. Francis Hospital responded to this alarming trend by founding a Tulsa chapter of Parents Anonymous in 1972. This group was granted 501(c)(3) status in May 1981 and operated under the Alliance to the Tulsa County Medical Society for several years. In 1984, it received United Way funding and, in 1987, was renamed Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS).
Also in Tulsa, Hillcrest Medical Center launched the At Risk Parent Child Program began in 1974. Pediatrician Donald Pfeiffer, M.D., and Cathy Ayoub, R.N., established one of the nation’s first “SCAN teams” to screen families of newborns for risk of abuse and neglect. Those screened at high risk were offered home visits with a hospital social worker to learn about caring for their new baby.
To better serve clients by offering related services within a single comprehensive agency, these programs merged in May 1990, at the urging of Tulsa Area United Way, to become The Parent Child Center of Tulsa.
PCCT completed a $3.2 million dollar capital/endowment drive in 1996 and moved into a new home at 1421 South Boston Avenue. In 2006, Desiree Doherty was named Executive Director, succeeding Claudette Selph, visionary founding Director from 1990 to 2006.
Since 2008, the agency has been nationally accredited through the Council on Accreditation (COA) which oversees child and family behavioral health services. Accreditation provides reliable and objective verification of credibility, integrity and achievement, assuring:
strong financial controls are in place;
best practice methods are being followed;
high standards of organizational and management oversight are practiced; and
services are client focused, mission driven and outcome oriented in all aspects.
Today, The Parent Child Center is considered a leader among Tulsa area nonprofits in the areas of best practice, quality improvement and outcome evaluation.
Ms. Desiree Doherty
Desiree Doherty, B.S. Social Work (Oral Roberts University), M.S. Adult Education (Oklahoma State University), became Executive Director of The Parent Child Center of Tulsa in 2006 after serving as PCCT's Development Manager and as Executive Director of Operation Aware of Oklahoma. Her background is primarily in community health education, marketing, fund raising and volunteer leadership. Her career included 18 years with Hillcrest Healthcare System in Community Relations and 5 years in Employee Relations and Training with Dowell Oilfield Services. Desiree was a member of Leadership Tulsa Class XXII.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
The Parent Child Center has had a significant impact on the lives of thousands of children and families over the past 20+ years. PCCT provides high quality, effective programs for children and parents at risk for abuse and neglect. Our results are documented through our national accreditation, our annual Tulsa Area United Way site visit, and our annual program evaluation conducted in partnership with the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa’s Center for Applied Research for Nonprofits. Findings show that:
· PCCT Service Effectiveness is a significant predictor of client hope and is associated with higher parent-child relationship quality.
PCCT Service Effectiveness is the best predictor of parent-child relationship quality and mediates the effect of parent stress on relationship quality.
· Change reported by client families surveyed included:
§ 90.9% I have become a better parent.
§ 94.7% I am more confident that I can do things to help my children.
§ 94.8% I am able to make better decisions for my children.
§ 94.1% I have better understanding of how to care for my children.
§ 90.7% I have changed the way I care for my children.