How Dearing House Came To Be
The development of a child advocacy center in Kay County, Oklahoma was initiated in 1998 by a Task Force under the guidance of the District Attorney's office. Members of the Task Force included professionals from area social service and investigative agencies.
Community awareness of the need for a center was generated by a CHILD WATCH TOUR in 1999. Community leaders spent the day following in the footsteps of a victim of child abuse as they witnessed the re-enactment of a typical investigation from disclosure to court hearing.
Due to their involvement with the Task Force and Multidisciplinary Team, a partnership with the Domestic Violence Program of North Central Oklahoma, Inc. was determined to be an efficient use of local resources. By 2002, a successful capital fund drive and significant volunteer commitments made it possible to renovate a donated house in compliance with National Children's Alliance standards. Dearing House, named for the family that donated the property, opened its doors in March 2003.