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Oklahoman children were confirmed to be victims of abuse in 2017.

Family Builders served over 2,200 people in fiscal year 2017-18.

Family Builders provided over 30,000 hours of services to families.

We exist to abuse.

Every year in Oklahoma, too many families are torn apart by abuse and violence, and too many children suffer the consequences.

At Family Builders, we are dedicated to breaking the cycle of abuse. We know what works and we invite you to join us in healing families after abuse.

Parenting Programs


Parenting is a learned skill, and at some point, all parents need help.

Community Education

We're working to engage more members of the community in combating child abuse & neglect.

Batterers Program

We offer a Batterer’s Intervention Program certified by the office of the Attorney General.

Co-Parenting & Divorce


Divorce can have a devastating effect on children - be the change.

What's New at Family Builders

Upcoming Events:
  • The Family Builders annual Christmas Tree Festival is Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Visit the information and registration page to learn more and RSVP.
  • Join us at one of our upcoming Lunch & Learn events to hear about our programs. The event is free and lunch is provided. RSVP required.
  • Have you recently completed one of our programs? Join us at our upcoming New Beginnings Celebration on Nov. 14!

Connect with Family Builders!

2019 Christmas Tree Festival

November 5, 2019
 Over the years, Christmas trees have become an iconic representation of the holiday season. What was once a simple decoration has evolved into something so...

Meet the team: Gail Cato-Strong

October 8, 2019
The fantastic team at Family Builders works diligently every day to help provide healing to our community, and each one has a deep passion for...

Meet the team: Britnee Joyner

September 10, 2019
At Family Builders, our incredible staff is the foundation that supports our mission. In our last Meet the Team blog, we introduced you to one...

Back to school safety

August 6, 2019
 It's back to school time again! For some kids, it may be a new environment. For others, it will be full of old friends. Regardless,...

Christmas in July

July 2, 2019
Need some relief from the heat? You're in luck! Family Builders is bringing Christmas to Oklahoma City early this year with an exciting new event!...

Have a happy Father’s Day!

June 11, 2019
We celebrate families every day at Family Builders. And this time of year is a special time to appreciate fathers in particular. If you are...

Cancelled: Join us at Chalk the Walk!

May 21, 2019
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Chalk the Walk has unfortunately been cancelled. Stay tuned for information on more events coming soon! Family Builders is set to...

Hope For Families Luncheon

April 2, 2019
You and your loved ones, colleagues, and peers are invited to join us for our annual Hope for Families luncheon. This year's luncheon will be...

Discover Family Builders and enjoy free lunch!

March 5, 2019
Our mission at Family Builders is to end the cycle of child abuse and family violence by helping families heal after abuse and by educating...

Talk to your kids to help prevent sexual abuse

February 12, 2019
 It's important to have regular conversations with your children about various safety topics, though some safety conversations are easier to have than others. While it's...

How Family Builders helped Aaron make a new start

January 15, 2019
For the past 48 weeks, Aaron has been a client in the Batterer's Intervention Program at Family Builders. He will complete the program in January...

What’s new with Family Builders this winter? A fantastic new website!

December 4, 2018
We're thrilled to announce that Santa Claus came early for Family Builders this year! The little elves over at T&S Online Marketing have been hard...

Speak up during Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 2, 2018
October brings all of our favorite things about fall, from the delicious smells and flavors of the season to more quality time with our families...

Making the case for keeping families together

September 4, 2018
Every year in Oklahoma, many families are torn apart by abuse and violence, and many children suffer the consequences. We sometimes talk to people who...

Meet the team: Katrina Zmaila

August 14, 2018
We have an incredible team of people working at Family Builders, and I want to start introducing them to you. First up: Katrina Zmaila, one...

Working as a community to stop child abuse

July 3, 2018
One in four children will be abused before their 18th birthday. One in four. If you look around your child’s classroom or your church or...

Celebrating fathers who are making a change

June 5, 2018
During the month of June, many families across Oklahoma will celebrate Father’s Day. But some families won’t because the father isn’t present, either by choice...

Summer safety tips to help prevent child abuse

May 1, 2018
The arrival of summer can mean a change in routines and exposure to new people, whether at a summer camp, at a friend’s house, or...

Three rules to keep your kids safe

April 3, 2018
Stranger danger isn’t enough. In fact, a child is more likely to be in danger from a family friend or someone that you both know...

How to minimize the effect of divorce on children

March 6, 2018
While divorce can obviously be tough on the couple going through it, the process can have lifelong impact on the children. If the parents are...

How Family Builders began

February 6, 2018
Family Builders was founded back in 1975 by Ann Hardy and was for years known as Parents Assistance Center, or PAC for short. Back in...

We’d like to thank you

January 2, 2018
Family Builders exists to stop abuse. Our mission is to strengthen relationships and break the cycles of child abuse and family violence. But we don’t...

How Family Builders gives the gift of hope

December 5, 2017
The holidays are a time for giving. It’s no surprise that nonprofits see an increase in donations during the month of December. Whether you’re giving...

Family traditions and reducing holiday stress

November 7, 2017
Bringing family together during the holidays can be full of joy, but often, it brings a large amount of stress. Media outlets portray the holidays...

Domestic violence awareness month

October 3, 2017
October is domestic violence awareness month, which has been designated to bring additional awareness to the issue of domestic violence and how it affects families...

Restoring families torn apart

September 5, 2017
Nobody wants to see a family torn apart for any reason, including abuse. But restoring the family is by no means a quick process. In...

Make kids safer by educating yourself

August 1, 2017
You probably don’t want to think about kids getting hit by a car when they cross the street, right? That’s why we educate them on...

Recognizing abuse is the first step to stopping it

July 4, 2017
If there were a terrible, debilitating, and potentially fatal disease that affected one in four children in our community, wouldn't we all be clamoring for...

Protect your children from predators hiding in plain sight

May 6, 2017
There are plenty of news stories circulating around the Internet and television about child abuse today. We feel pain and compassion for the victim and...

“13 Reasons Why” you can help prevent tragedies

April 25, 2017
Netflix has released, yet again, a smashing, binge-worthy TV show-one that you’ve likely heard about and your children likely want to watch. But, before you...

How you can help end child abuse

April 4, 2017
One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday. April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month. At...

After buying a shotgun, he found a better way forward

March 7, 2017
“You like to think that you’re a good person. You never meant for this to happen. You never intended for things to be like this.”...

How to have a better Valentine’s Day

February 7, 2017
Valentine’s Day is a day that comes with a lot of expectations! It’s easy to think that everyone is having an exciting, romantic day (or...

Recognizing and reporting child abuse

January 3, 2017
Maybe you’ve had this experience: you’re watching or reading the news, and you come across a story of a child who has been abused. Perhaps...

Lashay gains strength for her children

December 6, 2016
Can people really change? We believe so, and stories about how people have grown and changed are some of the best ways to see that....

From conversations with families to 40 years of service

November 1, 2016
Family Builders turns 40 years old this year! As we celebrate the end of our fourth decade of serving Oklahoma families, we want to take...

5 safety tips for family trick-or-treating

October 4, 2016
Halloween can be a fun time for family and friends to get together, enjoy the cooler fall weather, and come home with some candy too!...

The importance of diversified fundraising

September 6, 2016
I’ve been fortunate enough to serve Family Builders for several years now. That has included time both as a board member and as President of...

Back-to-school safety tips

August 2, 2016
Back-to-school time is full of conversations about expectations and habits. It’s a natural time to remind your child how they should behave in all kinds...

Building trust with Parent Child Interactive Therapy

July 5, 2016
When a child has experienced abuse, the response to that trauma is different for each child. But most children have some behavioral issues as a...

Vacation safety for families

June 7, 2016
When you’re taking a family vacation, your safety concerns as a parent will probably only grow. You’re visiting new places and trying new activities with...

5 fun family activities in May

May 3, 2016
Henry David Thoreau said, “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about?” May can...

Red flags for your child’s safety

April 5, 2016
Teaching your kids about "stranger danger" doesn't help them as much as you might think. Most of the time, when a child is a victim...

Scarier than the stranger in the park

March 1, 2016
Remember the first time you were allowed to go somewhere unaccompanied as a kid? Maybe it was to the movies, or around the corner to...

Keeping kids safe with puppets

February 2, 2016
The headlines just don’t stop coming. Child abuse cases in Oklahoma make the news with alarming frequency. We also know that not all cases of...

New Oklahoma law requires new training for teachers

January 5, 2016
You’re a teacher, and you’re just getting your class started for the day. Some kids are tired. Some are bright-eyed and ready to tackle the...

Family traditions

December 1, 2015
Family traditions are an important part of bringing everyone closer together. What better time to continue these traditions than during the holidays? And if your...

Reducing holiday stress

November 3, 2015
For many families, the holidays are a time of joy and quality moments spent with loved ones. However, it can often be a stressful time....

Why we help abusers

October 6, 2015
While victims are our #1 priority, we believe it’s important to work with the batterers in order to stop the cycle of abuse. Our goal...

4 tips for good parent-teacher communication

September 1, 2015
As your child goes off to school each day, its important to stay informed about what happens while they're there. While you do have to...

School safety habits for your children

August 4, 2015
The summer is coming to an end, and it is finally back-to-school time. This is a moment filled with excitement and new beginnings. But it’s...

4 affordable summer family activities near OKC

July 7, 2015
We recently had the longest day of summer. The kids have been out of school for a while and you might be wondering what your...

Safety in the digital age

June 2, 2015
Children’s online safety is an ever-growing concern with the technology available today and the increasing accessibility of the Internet. It is important to make sure...

Quick parenting tips

May 5, 2015
Mother’s Day is approaching and it is a time to recognize the amazing women in our life who have taken care of us over the...

Accept the challenge, help change lives

April 7, 2015
April is here and not only does it bring warmer weather and sunnier skies, but also Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is an opportunity to...

What’s in store for Oklahoma schools?

March 3, 2015
Often, basic human instinct tells us to reach out and help protect those who cannot protect themselves, especially children. Whether they are family, friends, or...

Healing broken hearts and relationships

February 3, 2015
Valentine’s Day is for celebrating the love in our lives. For those in an abusive relationship, this holiday may not be something to be celebrated...

Your New Year’s resolutions

January 6, 2015
Most Americans have the typical New Year’s resolutions – lose weight, get organized, spend time with family. What about resolving to end the cycle of...

Improving our communication

December 2, 2014
We’re excited to announce a new effort to improve our communication with those interested in Family Builders and our mission. One of the ways we’ll...