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The mission of Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children (TAPC) is to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in Tulsa County through advocacy, resource development, best practice service provision, and community outreach.
CARE Program - a multi-disciplinary staff provides audiological assessments, developmental and trauma screenings for children entering the Shelter and outreach services to children who exit the shelter. The CARE Team collaborates with case workers to identify the needs of each child and, if needed, transports children to needed appointments.
Early Education and Development - a certified teacher provides developmental education, early literacy and math instruction as appropriate, activities designed to improve gross and fine motor skills, and other activities to stimulate brain development and enhance the social development and emotional well-being of children at the shelter. Daily classroom instruction is provided.
On Campus Classroom Instruction and Tutoring -Wide Range Achievement Tests (WRAT) is given to school age children Kindergarten through 12 th grade at Laura Dester Children’s Center (LDCC). Acertified teacher provides individual learning programs designed and implemented to help children overcome deficiency’s often found in children with life changing disruptions. Educational goals are discussed and plans to achieve these goals are created, implemented and monitored. Daily classroom instruction is provided. Tutoring is also provided as needed by Sylvan, OKIL, volunteers and TAPC staff.
Independent Living (IL) - Children 16 to 18 are eligible for participation in the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Independent Living Program and from 14 to 21 the Work Force Oklahoma Youth Program. Beginning in May 2013, TAPC will facilitate a monthly group for all IL eligible children residing at LDCC and their caseworkers. The goal is to bring the kids together in a peer group to discuss their options, their goals and to encourage the use of the resources available to them and to help them become advocates for themselves. Speakers that have been through the systems and have used the IL resources will also be brought in throughout the year to emphasis the positive impact utilizing IL resources has made on their lives.
Summer Enrichment Program - staff provides a summer program at the shelter to continue working with children and youth on social skills, academic skills and improved self-esteem through a variety of entertainment, recreational, cultural enrichment and other activities.
Community Support Services - includes planning and implementation of the annual Christmas for Kids project, Speaker’s Bureau to assist OKDHS with foster care and volunteer recruitment, a Children’s Fund to meet the specialized needs of children, and a Scholarship Fund to meet the educational needs of children.
Shelter Support Services - funding is provided for the Journey Program, a life skills training and behavioral management program in collaboration with River Parks Developmental Center. The Board also raises funds to support recreation and the basic needs of children at the shelter and to enhance the physical structure of the facility for the benefit of the children.
Advocacy - the Board utilizes its unique position in the community, coupled with a long-standing relationship with OKDHS to advocate for best practice public policy and services for children who have been abused or neglected in Tulsa County and across the state of Oklahoma.
Foster Family Resource Center - eases children’s transition into foster care by providing goods and services that fulfill their basic and immediate needs, such as beds, car seats, clothing, toiletries, diapers, formula, books and toys, etc. The Christmas for Kids program is also a component of Resource Center. TAPC and OKDHS work hard to ensure all children in OKDHS foster care in Tulsa County receive Christmas gifts.
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