In October of 2005 two non-profit organizations (The Children’s Services Advisory Board and the Tulsa Community Children’s Foundation) decided to merge and join together in their commitment to helping abused and neglected children in Tulsa County. On August 25, 2006 they officially became the Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children (TAPC).
The Children’s Services Advisory Board had worked with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services since 1948 to promote legislation, raise funds and educate the public on child abuse and neglect issues. The Tulsa Community Children’s Foundation was created in 2004 to assume management and oversight of the CARE Team which provided assessment, screening and outreach services to children housed at the now closed Laura Dester Children’s Center.
TAPC’S programs are developed to provide support and services for children in out of home care in placements ranging from relative/kinship/traditional or therapeutic foster care, group homes, hospitals, shelters, and adoptive placements.