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Mary Abbott Children's House is seeking a Victim Support Coordinator. This is a salaried, full time position. Candidates must have a passion for child abuse and neglect response. This position works as part of a professional team to serve children who have experienced abuse and neglect, as well as their non-offending caregivers.

To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to hiring@abbott-house.org

The Victim Support Coordinator is a full-time staff position under the supervision of the Executive Director. Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  1. Create a welcoming atmosphere for children, parents, and caregivers during their time at Abbott House.
  2. Phone caregivers one day before the interview to confirm appointment, offer directions, and answer questions.
  3. Orient families to the process and the facility upon their arrival.
  4. Attend staffing for cases to gather information about the referral needs of each client and family.
  5. Provide support to non-offending caregivers at the time of the forensic interview and medical exam.
  6. Observe forensic interviews as necessary to gather information about the referral needs of each client and family.
  7. Meet for referral consultation with all families and assess their needs. Assist them in locating referral services for counseling, medical care, and basic needs-coordinating with appropriate individuals and agencies to ensure that needed services are obtained.
  8. Follow up with all families after their visit to Abbott House to make sure they are receiving services.
  9. Create and maintain a database of referral sources for children and families that is county specific.
  10. Build relationships with community resource agencies.
  11. Recruit, train, supervise, and schedule volunteers and interns.
  12. Attend Case Review meetings, collect case information, and update records accordingly.
  13. Assist with creating and distributing the agenda for Case Review meetings.
  14. Compile statistics from database for reporting purposes.
  15. Assist with community education regarding Abbott House, Multi-Disciplinary Team, victim identification, and other topics as needed.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent combination of education/job related experience.
  • Excellent communications skills and able to build rapport quickly with others.
  • Ideally, strong prior experience working directly with children and/or adults from diverse backgrounds in a direct service capacity (non-profit organization, mental health organization, etc).
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects and deadlines at once.
  • Able to handle confidential information with tact, discretion, and in compliance with job requirements.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and able to successfully operate other software programs.
  • Required: appropriate clearance of background check.
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus.

EEO STATEMENT

Mary Abbott Children's House, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

Abbott House has launched a new curriculum called “Safety In Action”!

SAFETY IN ACTION is a statewide training program designed to raise awareness and unify community response to child abuse and neglect in Oklahoma. SAFETY IN ACTION offers services to administrators, professionals and volunteers, children and their parents or caregivers.

This program was created to serve schools, churches, daycares, and other child- serving organizations.

Visit safetyinaction.org for more information.

Please join us for the 12th Annual Basketball Coaches' Lunch on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The event will be held at a Premier Sportsplex, 111 West Indian Hills Road. Premier is located off of Porter, just North of Indian Hills Road.

We're excited to be joined by Coach Lon Kruger, Coach Sherri Coale, Emcee Toby Rowland, and special guests as we celebrate mens' and womens' basketball success and get a sneak peak at the upcoming season.

For sponsorship information or individual tickets, please contact Chilton Purcell, at 405-579-5800 x102 or cpurcell@abbott-house.org

Join us for the 11th Annual Basketball Coaches’ Lunch on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman! We’re excited to be joined by Coach Lon Kruger, Coach Sherri Coale, Emcee Toby Rowland, and special guests as we celebrate mens’ and womens’ basketball success and get a sneak peak at the upcoming season. For sponsorship information, please contact Abbott House Director of Community Engagement, Chilton Purcell, at 405-579-5800 x103. For individual ticket information, see the invitation below!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Ribbons for Prevention

blue ribbon pinAs April departs, we acknowledge all those who helped us mark Child Abuse Prevention Month as an opportunity to raise awareness and educate the public about child abuse signs, how to report, and how to prevent. One-hundred of our friends agreed to wear blue ribbon lapel pins to help raise awareness. Several of them asked that they not be acknowledged, feeling that the emphasis should be on prevention rather than the individuals who participated.

We wholeheartedly thank each of the one-hundred people who wore their pins for the month.

The Mary Abbott Children's House is a safe place for children to tell their stories after a sexual or severe physical trauma. Additionally, Abbott House provides acute sexual exams when necessary and offers reassurance and wellness checks to every child who comes through our doors.

Abbott House is one of approximately 750 independent Children's Advocacy Centers across the country accredited by the National Children's Alliance and is charged with serving Cleveland, McClain, and Garvin Counties. Abbott House also serves counties outside of its primary jurisdiction, serving 19 Oklahoma counties in the last year.

Although a stand alone non-profit organization, Abbott House works closely with law enforcement officers, the district attorney's office, child protective services, mental health care professionals, and medical professionals to maintain a victim centered, child friendly atmosphere and sensibility during investigations of alleged child abuse.

For more information on Abbott House, please call 405-579-5800 or email online@abbott-house.org.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Business Before Hours a Great Success

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Abbott House Executive Director Clint Williams thanks the group for coming

Over sixty-five business professionals and friends of children’s advocacy came to the Mary Abbott Children’s House for the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s April version of Business Before Hours. The event was sponsored by FAA Credit Union.

In a brief program, FAA Credit Union President/CEO Steve Rasmussen presented stuffed animals, comfort items, and a generous check to Abbott House that had been donated by credit union employees and customers.

Business Before Hours marks the last in a series of Abbott House events designed to highlight April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Other events included a ribbon cutting to mark the end of building expansion, a series of “lunch and learn” opportunities, and a blue ribbon campaign.

Abbott House executive director Clint Williams stated, “We have had a great April this year and are so proud of the way the community has embraced our call for awareness. Child Abuse Prevention is a goal that takes massive effort and intention from all adults who are in children’s lives.”

The Mary Abbott Children’s House is a safe place for children to tell their stories after a sexual or severe physical trauma. Additionally, Abbott House provides acute sexual exams when necessary and offers reassurance and wellness checks to every child who comes through our doors.

Abbott House is one of approximately 750 independent Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country accredited by the National Children’s Alliance and is charged with serving Cleveland, McClain, and Garvin Counties. Abbott House also serves counties outside of its primary jurisdiction, serving 19 Oklahoma counties in the last year.

Although a stand alone non-profit organization, Abbott House works closely with law enforcement officers, the district attorney’s office, child protective services, mental health care professionals, and medical professionals to maintain a victim centered, child friendly atmosphere and sensibility during investigations of alleged child abuse.

For more information on Abbott House, please call 405-579-5800 or email online@abbott-house.org.

 

Duey-logo-cropped-300x146 (2)Once again, the Mary Abbott Children’s House will be the beneficiary of Old Hat’s SuperFan 5K! Abbott House joins the Norman Public School Foundation as co-beneficiaries for the third year in a row. The 5K will be held Saturday, May 16th at 8:00 a.m. to be followed by “Lil’ Duey’s Fun Run,” a one-mile run for children and adults of all ages.

Abbott House executive director Clint Williams said, “We are so pleased to be included in the fun again this year. Old Hat is a generous community partner, and we’ve enjoyed seeing this event grow.” Abbott House will host one of two water stops, and a group of board and staff members will participate in the fun run.

To register for the 3rd annual Old Hat SuperFan 5K or for more information, visit the event’s website.

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Abbott House ribbon cuttingfrom The Norman Transcript:

Nearly a year after the Mary Abbott Children's House broke ground on a construction project, employees gathered with community leaders Wednesday for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Phase I.
The project was designed to create more space for multidisciplinary team efforts, said Clint Williams, Mary Abbott House executive director.

The Abbott House is a safe place for children to tell their stories after sexual or severe physical trauma, Williams said.
Although they are a stand-alone nonprofit, the organization works closely with law enforcement, the district attorney's office, child protective services, mental health and medical professionals.

Phase I included the creation of a forensic computer lab, in partnership with the Norman Police Department, and a co-located office space for NPD detectives and the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office who are specifically assigned to child abuse response.

"Many of you were in this room wearing hard hats nearly a year ago to help us get started and to get the project rolling, so it's so nice that you're able to be here today in order to see our progress," Williams said.

Briefly describing the upstairs renovations and expansion, Williams said the west side is where the traditional law enforcement area, or co-located detectives' office, is located; in the middle of that is the forensic computer lab.
"The new forensic computer system area is going to allow us to focus on a lot of the unknown crimes that occur," Norman Police Chief Kieth Humphrey said. "We'll have an opportunity to get a head start on that and work with different departments in order to track these individuals down that are putting our kids at risk."

Having the lab and offices at the advocacy center will help everyone continue working hand in hand to accomplish the goal of significantly reducing or completely wiping out these types of crimes, Humphrey said.

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What started with a child’s vision to donate 10 teddy bears to the Mary Abbott Children’s House soon grew to 50, then 100 and finally almost 300 teddy bears. Truman Elementary and Truman Primary both participated in a teddy bear drive after Alison Horstkoetter, second grader at Truman Primary, came to her school counselor with an idea to give back and help children in the community.

“This is the vision of a seven-year-old girl,” said Truman Primary Counselor Suzie Price. “Her original goal was 10 teddy bears and look where we’ve come. She made posters. She counted bears. I see her as a leader with a giving heart.”

Alison, the daughter of Laura and Dustin Horstkoetter, went straight to Price and Principal Kristie Eselin with her idea, Dustin Horstkoetter explained. Horstkoetter is a detective with the Moore Police Department who volunteers with the Mary Abbott Children’s House.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Henderson Joins Abbott House Board

In its June meeting, the members of the Mary Abbott Children’s House board of directors elected Barbara Henderson to serve the remaining term of Anne Ederington, who resigned from the board in May to relocate to another area. Barbara and her husband George are long-time Norman residents and community volunteers.

Barbara comes to the Abbott House board with a wealth of knowledge and experience, having served on the City of Norman Human Rights Commission, the Link Norman steering committee, the board of trustees for World Neighbors, and in various capacities for the Christmas Store, Possibilities, and the Xenia Institute.

Abbott House board president Kristopher Boyd said, “We are excited that Barbara will be serving with us, and we look forward to her insight and experience as we continue our vital work in the community.”

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