Finding Words Oklahoma

NAPSAC, the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children, is an organization focused on hope, solutions, justice, and healing for those who survived abuse as children.  NAPSAC oversees the National Child Protection Training Center program and the furtherance of the CAST (Child Advocacy Studies) curriculum throughout the country.  This is part of the bold plan to end child abuse envisioned by Training Center Director Victor Vieth.  The National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) provides training to child protection professionals across the United States.  In partnership with CornerHouse, NCPTC assists in developing and sustaining state forensic interview training programs that teach the CornerHouse forensic interview protocol, RATAC.  This protocol is widely used in the United States and has been specifically recognized by a number of appellate courts.  NDAA's National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse was involved in establishing high quality, five-day forensic interviewing course called Finding Words.  As of December 2010, courses have been established in 18 states and the country of Japan.

The Child Protection Team at Children's Hospital has been in existence for 30 years and was one of the first three child abuse multidisciplinary teams in the United States.  The Child Protection Team at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center is partnering with OUHSC to bring Finding Words to Oklahoma.  The course is offered by the Children's Hospital Child Protection Team and OU Health Sciences Center Department of Pediatrics in collaboration with CornerHouse. 

Groups that support Finding Words Oklahoma include: The District Attorney's Council (DAC), the Department of Human Services - Child Protective Services, the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - Child Protection Team of the Children's Hospital, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN), Chief Child Abuse Examiner (Dr. Bob Block), Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations (OSBI), Oklahoma Lawyers for Children, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), many of the state's Child Advocacy Centers, and The Child Abuse Training and Coordination Program (CATC).