Sara’s project is a Children’s Advocacy Center that provides a safe and comfortable place where children come to talk with a specially trained interviewer about possible abuse or crimes they may have witnessed. The Center receives referrals from The Department of Human Services and/or Law Enforcement if there is a concern that a child is an alleged victim or witness of a crime. All of our services are offered to victims and their families at no charge. Sara’s project is dependent on community support, donations and grants in order to continue to offer this valuable support to children and their families within our community.
In a time where we could have felt lost, alone, and confused; we felt supported, empowered and heard. Sara's project truly helped our family. From the moment we walked through the door throughout the months to come, Sara's project supported us. They answered questions and gave us direction. The ladies at Sara's project do good work. My family is thankful for this place.A Thankful Parent
Benefits of the Child Advocacy Center
During the course of a child abuse investigation, children are brought to Sara’s project for forensic interviews, medical evaluation, advocacy and case tracking. Our number one client is the child, and our goal is to focus all of our resources around each child to get them back to being a kid as soon as possible.
Sara’s project is made possible by a coordinated, multidisciplinary team of partner agencies including the District Attorney, Law Enforcement, Department of Human Services, medical and mental health teams and our Child Advocacy Center staff. These agencies work together to ensure a proper joint investigation. The multidisciplinary team facilitates better cooperation, communication and coordination between the various agencies responsible for the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
We provide services to the 20th Judicial District, including Marshall, Murray, Johnston, Carter and Love Counties. There are many benefits of Sara’s project, including:
- Child friendly facility
- Reduces trauma for the child
- Investigative team approach
- Forensic interviews
- Victim and family advocacy services
- On-site examinations
- Referrals for Mental health counseling
- Strengthened investigations
- Children and Youth Clothing Closet
- Education and outreach to the community
To find out more about our Children’s Advocacy Center, contact Amanda Wheeler, Forensic Interviewer at [email protected] or (580) 226-7283.
The C/SARA Foundation (Crisis Support and Resource Association) became a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization formed in December of 1991. The foundation’s exclusive function is for charitable and educational purposes, primarily for providing assistance for research, development, implementation and long-term support of crisis management and intervention programs in the schools and community. These goals were based on the fact that awareness and appropriate management of emotional, psychological and physical trauma in children may prevent later dysfunction and disability.
In 1998, C/SARA Foundation established training in suicide intervention. Front-line personnel from Southern Oklahoma communities are acquiring the skills they need to train police, firefighters, health care professionals, teachers, and other professionals in recognizing the signs of suicide and developing skills for prevention and invention.
In 2000, C/SARA Foundation undertook the development of a residential Child Advocacy Center to help reduce trauma to child victims of sexual and physical abuse. “Sara’s House” serves the children of Carter, Love, Marshall, Murray and Johnston Counties and has been modeled to assist other communities and counties in Oklahoma in the area of child abuse prevention and treatment.
In 2017 C/Sara Foundation and Sara’s House become solely known as Sara’s project.