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Resources for Families

One of the goals of the Mary Abbott Children's House is to make the investigation process more comfortable and less stressful for children and their families. By explaining what to expect before, during, and after a visit to Abbott House, we hope to help parents and caregivers better understand the system we utilize in response to a report of abuse.

Before Your Child's Interview

Many parents and caregivers are uncertain about what to say or not say to their children before they come to Abbott House. Keeping the following guidelines in mind can help to ease the stress of coming to the Abbott House for parents, caregivers, and children alike. Read more.

Medical Assessment

Abbott House conducts medical assessments on children who are believed to have been the victim of a sexual or physical assault. Assessments range in scope and detail depending on the nature of the allegation. All medical assessments are conducted by certified nurses under the supervision of Abbott House's Director of Nursing Services. Read more.

Signs of Abuse

The first step in helping child victims is learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect. Symptoms of abuse can be physical or behavioral and symptoms are not always obvious or visible. The presence of a sign or signs does not necessarily prove the occurrence of child abuse, but the repeated appearance of a sign or a combination of signs may warrant making a report. By learning the common physical and behavioral signs of abuse, you can make a significant difference in a child's life. Read more.

When a Child Discloses

From the moment a child discloses abuse, it is important to reduce further trauma as much as possible. Whether you are a teacher, a parent or caregiver, a camp counselor, or a youth director, your reaction to the disclosure can make a big difference. Read more.

How to Report Abuse

Reporting child maltreatment or suspected child maltreatment can initiate the process of protecting a child and helping a family-it may even save a child's life. In Oklahoma, state law mandates that every person who has reason to believe a child is being or is in danger of being abused must report. If a child is in imminent danger, call the police immediately by dialing 911. To otherwise report child maltreatment or suspected child maltreatment in Oklahoma, call the 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-522-3511. Read more.

Further Resources

Education is one of the most proactive and pragmatic approaches to preventing child abuse. Abbott House is committed to empowering communities to better serve victims of child abuse and to prevent the further victimization of children. A list of resources has been compiled that many parents, caregivers, and community members at large find useful concerning abuse. Read more.

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