50 Stories of Impact

Over the past five decades, our work has transformed countless lives. While we can’t tell each and every victory, we would like to highlight 50 of these inspirational stories, which serve as a true testament to our mission.  


View all of our 50 Stories here!

Sustaining Another 50 Years

As we enter our 50th year in the community, CCFI continues to serve children and their families who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing child abuse, neglect or other adverse experiences. With your tax-deductible gift, we can continue our mission to transform lives by providing comprehensive services to HEAL children, EMPOWER youth and STRENGTHEN families.

About Us

CCFI Mission statement

Center for Children and Families, Inc. (CCFI) began in 1969 as a shelter for youth, from birth to 18 years old, who needed a safe and nurturing place to stay while waiting to be placed in foster care. Known then as Juvenile Services, Inc. (JSI), we met a vital need in the community while laying the foundation for our mission “to improve the lives of children.” 

Today, CCFI continues to serve children and their families who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing child abuse, neglect or other adverse experiences throughout Cleveland County. Every day we dedicate our lives to create better and brighter futures for children and families in our community. Our work is based on the essential truth that healthy, supportive relationships form the basis of every baby and child's development and success in life.

Join us in our mission as we work toward giving all children the relational building blocks they need to grow into happy, healthy adults. Together, we can work toward giving every child in our community the opportunity to achieve his or her full potential. 

What We Do

CCFI offers strength-based programs and services to aide and educate families coping with abuse, neglect, divorce, separation, teenage pregnancy, a lack of quality out-of-school care, and/or other adverse experiences.

While our continuum of care is broad, with services ranging in intensity, our focus has always been to ensure that all children have safe, secure, nurturing environments and caring adults in their lives.

Heal Children

We provide hope and healing to children, youth and families who have experienced all forms of abuse, neglect, and/or other traumatic experiences. Children’s play therapy, family therapy, therapeutic groups, and individual counseling help children and their biological, foster and/or adoptive parents achieve safe, stable and healthy family relationships. Counseling services are available to children and families throughout Cleveland County and surrounding communities.

Empower Youth

Our goal is to ensure that every child and youth living in Norman has access to safe, enriching out-of-school opportunities to support their social and emotional development, enhance and enrich their academic experiences, and help them realize their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens. After-school services are available to children and youth ages 6 - 18 through Boys & Girls Club of Norman.

Strengthen Families

Every family has strengths and challenges that impact the lives of their children. CCFI supports healthy parent-child relationships and family functioning through parent education and support services, supervised visits and exchanges, home visitation for parents of babies and young children, and case management and referral services.  Services are available to families in Cleveland, Pottowatamie and Oklahoma Counties.

Annual Supporters

CCFI recognizes and thanks all donors who continue to make a difference in the lives of children and families we serve.


Anonymous Donors

$50,000 - $99,999

The JoAnne Loeffelholz Miller Family

$25,000 - $49,999

Herbalife | Kirkpatrick Family Fund | Norman Youth Foundation, Inc. | Sarkeys Foundation

$10,000 - $24,999

Cresap Family Foundation | Dobson Family Foundation | Eric  Fleske | HBC Champions Foundation | Jill & George LeVan | Kappa Kappa Gamma | Kathryn Roberts & Steve Rogers | Mary & Jim Waggoner | Oklahoma Bar Foundation, Inc. | Philip Boyle Foundation | The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation | Tom Russell Charitable Foundation | Vernon L. Smith & Associates, Inc.

$5,000 - $9,999

Bio-Cide International | Danielson Fuel Services | Dr.Shelba J. Bethel | Fowler Holding Company | Gateway Mortgage Group, LLC | Insurance Solutions by Irwin Agency | Jane & Michael Sigmon | Karen & Stewart Smith | Nextep Charitable Foundation | OCCY, Jack Chapman | Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma | Simon Fletcher Foundation | Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation | Tony Waggoner

$1,000 - $4,999

Angie Wright | Anne Taylor| B&B Foods - Norman, LLC | BancFirst | Barbara & Jay Scott Brown | Barbara O’Brien & Michael Carter | Benevity Community Impact Fund | Beverly & Donald DeWitt | BOLD Multimedia | Boys & Girls Club of America | Brandi & David Sullivan | Carol & Keith Reames | Carol & Scott Bauman | Cervi Family Foundation | Cherie & Bob Staples | Christie Woodman | Cindy Merrick | Cleveland-McClain County Medical Alliance | Communities Foundation of Oklahoma | Craig & Streight Orthodontics | Darlene & Charlie Bowline | Deborah & Jack Kitchens | Deidra & Fred Peters | Donna & Rhett Jackson | Donna & Robert McArthur | Donna Vint & Harry Wright | Dr. Paul Plusquellec | Erin & Eric Barnhart | Fellers Snider | Fellowship Church | Ferguson Management Group | Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund | First Baptist Church | First Christian Church | Gene McKown | Grady Carter | Hal C. Smith & Associates, Inc. | INSURICA Norman | Janet  & Steve Corley | Janet & Doug Tremaine | Jean Parker | Jennifer & Richard Newell | Jimmie Lynn & Billye Austin Foundation | Jodana & Will Borden | John & Lindy Ritz | Julia Chew | Kate Stanton | Kathe Green | Katherine Anne Taylor | Katie & Ryan Noe | Katie & Will Merrick | Katie Barwick-Snell & Daniel Snell | Katie Fitzgerald & Bradley Stevenson | Kim & John Giebler | Klaire Brassfield | Kris & Todd Booze | Kristen & Casey Partridge | Lea Ann & Steve Williams | Linda & Keith Miller | Lindsey & Br&on Martin | Lisa & Chuck Long | Lisa & Fred Gipson | LongHorn Steakhouse | Lynne Miller | Mandie & Stephen Alexander | Mary Louise  &  Don Symcox | Melissa Scaramucci | Mike & Lisa Dionisio | Molly & Jim Crawley | Norman Pediatrics Associates | Norman Rotary Club | Oklahoma City Community Foundation | Paula & Ray Smalling | Renee & Jim Adair | RentKing, LLC | Republic Bank & Trust | Reynolds Ford, Inc. | Rhonda & Noble McIntyre | Richard L. & Charlotte Reynolds Family Foundation | Richard Wedel | Rita Claros & Mark Cox | Rivermont Retirement Community | Ruth Ann Edwards | Scott Shuler | Sharon & Rick Rentzel | Sharon & Tom Johnson | Sharri & Steve Clark | SportsTalk 1400 | Stefanie & John Chace | Steffani & Sam Allen | Sulia CPA Solutions, PLLC | Sylvia Danner | The Exchange Club of Norman | Tina Stinson | Tinker Federal Credit Union | Tulsa Community Foundation  | United Way of Norman, Inc | Wake Church | Walmart Neighborhood Market #5805 | Walmart Supercenter #212 | Walmart Supercenter #7294 | Zan & Bryan Waldenville

3 Anonymous Donors

$200 - $999

Aaron Reddell | Advanced Integrators, Inc. | Aisha Ali & Ali Jaffrey | Alan & Sue Velie | Albert L. Napoli Jr. | Allison Daugherty | Amanda & Casey Wise | Amanda & Kyle Allison | Amy & Mike Hobson | Amy & Ted Newton | Andrew Shelden | Angela & David Woodman | Ann & Galen Osburn | Ann Ritchie | Arvest Bank | Arvine Pipe & Supply Co., Inc. | Ashley Adair-Garner & Jared Garner | Barb & Lon Kruger | Barbara & Hugh Wilson | Barbara Rice | Becky & Jason Willeford | Becky O'Dea | Becky Roberts | Beth & Tom Ridgway | Beth Everitt | Betsy Brown | Boeing | Brenetta Brooks | Broce Manufacturing Company, Inc. | Buffalo Wild Wings | Carol Mason-Straughn | Casey & Bryan Vinyard | Casey & Heather Kirkes | Castleberry & Associates, PC. | Catie & Jim Barton | Chelsea & Ben Dunaway | Chris Davis | Christi Fransen | Christian & Steve Morren | Corey & Hannah Partridge | Cynthia Love | Danna Primm | David & Brenda Imy | Derrick & Sierra Wilturner | Dewberry Law Firm | Dirk O'Hara | Dr. & Mrs. Richard Krenek | Dr. Karlos & Jennie Hill | Dr. Marilyn Ogilvie | Elizabeth & Mike Eastmond | Emily Woodside | Emy & D. Wayne Trousdale | Eric Rollerson | First Fidelity Bank | First Presbyterian Church | First United Bank – Norman | Foster Signature Homes | Fran & Glen Roberson | Frank Casey | Fuzzy's Taco Shop | George Bauer | Gingerbread Nursery School | Gloria Jean & Phil Fenn | Guerry Moore | Haley & Steven Lee | Helen Swope | Holly & Lisanne Iker | J. Rodney Young | Jane Bowen | Janet & Bob Woodside | Janie Stratton | Jeanne & Joseph King | Jeff Pilkington | Jennifer & Bandon Neary | Jerald Wells | Jo Knapp | Joan Long | Jody & MacKenzie Britt | John Manfredo | John Paul Gorski | Jon & Erin Williford | Joseph Gil | Joseph Harroz, Jr. | Judi & Bob Hartsock | Judy & David Morse | Julia Anne Jordan | Julianna Kershen | Julie & Paul Stewart | Julie & Sherwood Taylor | Kate Gaines | Katherine & Donovan Keith | Kay & William Woods | Kelley & Scott Nedbalek | Kelly Forristall | Kevin Jones | Kim & Scott Frakes | Kindle & Daniel Remington | Kourtney & Jake Hartsock | Krista & Eric Thompson | Kristi & David Carlson | Kristi Isacksen | Lashar Home Comfort Systems | Laura & Brian Hilgenfeld | Leslie  & Tyler LaReau | Leslie Osburn  &  John Cornwell | Linda Terrell & David Wilson | Linda Young | Lindsi & Stevie Niebur | Lisa & Sam Talley | Lisa Waterman | Liz Biolley | Loan Nguyen | Loretta Early | Lynne Tompkins-Siano & Joseph Siano | Lyntha & Charles Wesner | Maggie & John Coffman | Mary & Chris Carter | Maryanne & Jake Tullius | Matt Nash | Maureen & Jeff Crook | Meraki Real Estate | Mike Bosley | Moore Norman Technology Center | Mr. & Mrs. Saliba | Mr. Jay Spurlock & Dr. Sara Spurlock | Network for Good | Paige Uhr | Pam & Gary Clinton | Pamela Bell | Payam Nael | Philip Miller | Power Costs, Inc. (PCI) | Presbyterian Thrift Shop | Randall L. Sewell | Rebecca Davis | Rebecca J. Patten | Richard Smalley | Ricky & Kevin Boyle | Robyn & Michael Tower | Roger A. Sterk | Sahid Hasanovic | Samara Herrera | Sarah Williams | Sean Crandall | Sharghi & Dustin Lyles | Sharon & Bill Pyeatt | Sharon Grissom | Sheryl & Robert Wells | Sitel | Stephanie Royse | Sue Madole | Susan  & Dick Beyer | Susan & Bill Hetherington | Susan & Mike Hilgenfeld | Susan & Terry Boehrer | Susan Barnes | Susan Brandon | Susan Willige | Tina Kambour & Zev Trachtenberg | Tom Sherman | Tracy & Russell Bates III | Trisha & Dan Sterk | Valliance Bank | Van A. Vawter | Vicki & Jeffrey Anderson | Vicky & Aaron Bumgarner | Victor Wilson M.D. | Walmart Neighborhood Market #7308 | Wendy Perry | Whitney Alvis | Yogalife

13 Anonymous Donors

If there are any errors or omissions to the information presented, please contact Emily Banfield at ebanfield@ccfinorman.org 405-364-1420

Beacon Awards

To help commemorate our 50th anniversary, we have started a new tradition to honor individuals who have shaped the direction of our agency. The CCFI Beacon Award recognizes those who’ve made a difference, in ways both large and small, and who truly carry out our mission to heal children, empower youth and strengthen families. 


2019 Award Winners

CCFI is pleased to announce the very first group of Beacon Award recipients: Lynn Wendelbo, Robert “Bob” Staples, Jenny Brannon and Anne & Alan Brinkley. These individuals were honored at the 2019 Hands & Hearts fundraising luncheon, where they were each presented a beautiful custom piece of glass work created by Art Fusion Studio. To learn more about each Beacon Award winner, please view their profiles below.


LYNN is a retired play therapist who joined CCFI as a volunteer in the late 1980s. After falling in love with the agency’s mission, Lynn became a full-time employee who was instrumental in bringing play therapy practices to the counseling program. After her retirement, Lynn offered her professional services as a volunteer for many years and still remains an advocate for children and families.


BOB is an active community member who’s supported CCFI for more than a decade. Whether rain or shine, Bob volunteers weekly to manage CCFI’s recycling needs, all with a smile on his face. He is passionate about lending a helping hand and truly has a servant’s heart.


JENNY dedicates 10+ hours each week serving as the Boys & Girls Club of Norman Kids Café manager. Every day, she preps meals for at least 80 Club members, all while offering a shoulder to lean on. The Kids Café would not be able to run as smoothly as it does without her help and her assistance is both greatly needed and appreciated.


ANNE & ALAN are long-time agency advocates who have provided support in a multitude of ways. They have played a vital role in bringing new and innovative treatments to CCFI, with the most recent one being Trauma Drama. Their generosity, vision and selfless dedication has helped catapult the nonprofit to where it is today, and is what ultimately continues pushing the agency into bigger and better things.


2019 - 2020 Board of Directors

Board Officers

JJ Waggoner

Josh Edge

Jennifer Davenport

Barbara O’Brien

Casey Partridge
Boys & Girls Club Liaison

Mike Lawson
Immediate Past President



Board Members

Amanda Boyd
Victoria Bumgarner
Greg Castro
Leslie Christopher
Ryan Clark
Breanna Honeycutt
Brian Molloy
Xavier Neira
Krista Scammahorn
Joe Siano
Bryan Waldenville
Angela Wheeler

2019-2020 Meeting Schedule

Monday, October 28, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Republic Bank & Trust, First Floor Seminar Room - 401 W Main St, Norman OK 73069

Monday, November 25, 2019 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Republic Bank & Trust, First Floor Seminar Room - 401 W Main St, Norman OK 73069

No Board Meeting in December 2019

Monday, January 27, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Republic Bank & Trust, First Floor Seminar Room - 401 W Main St, Norman OK 73069

Monday, February 24, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Republic Bank & Trust, First Floor Seminar Room - 401 W Main St, Norman OK 73069

Monday, March 23, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Republic Bank & Trust, First Floor Seminar Room - 401 W Main St, Norman OK 73069

Monday, April 27, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Republic Bank & Trust, First Floor Seminar Room - 401 W Main St, Norman OK 73069

Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Republic Bank & Trust, First Floor Seminar Room - 401 W Main St, Norman OK 73069

No Board Meeting in June 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020 | Annual Meeting | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Location TBD

2019-2020 Meeting Minutes

August 2019


Thank you for your interest in joining Center for Children and Families, Inc.  Every day we dedicate our lives to create better and brighter futures for children and families in our community by carrying out our mission to heal children, empower youth and strengthen families. Together, we can work toward giving every child the opportunity to reach his or her full potential, because every child deserves to grow up safe, nurtured and loved. 

Our Promise to Protect Children 

CCFI provides a safe environment for children and youth to heal and grow. Our agency works to protect those we serve from abuse and maltreatment by carefully screening staff and volunteers, providing training on topics such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse awareness and prevention, and by continually monitoring adult-child relationships.


We currently do not have any internship opportunities.

Work Study

We currently do not have any work study opportunities.


A variety of different practicum opportunities are available for undergraduates and graduate-level students seeking training to gain professional experience or fulfill a degree requirement. For more information, please direct all inquiries to Deanna Wilkinson, Clinical Director, at DWilkinson@ccfinorman.org.


Champions for Children Campaign

In August of 2014, Center for Children and Families announced that it raised over $3.9 million during the Champions for Children Capital Campaign to complete the purchase and renovation of a facility specifically designed to improve and expand services for children and families.  

The renovated facility, located at 210 S. Cockrel, is the first agency-owned building since CCFI’s inception in 1969. This facility has allowed CCFI to double the time children and youth can participate in after-school and summer services; expand its therapeutic program for children who have experienced child abuse, neglect, or other traumatic experiences; and integrate prevention and education services for families under one roof. The new facility has also allowed for the expansion of community partnerships, which CCFI considers to be a critical strategy for addressing the complex needs of children and families.

Center for Children staff, Board of Directors, clients, and supporters are all immensely appreciative of the following foundations and donors who made this project possible.

Visionaries ($100,000 - $499,999)

John Campbell, Sr.
Le Tour de Vin: Cross Timbers, Norman & Sooner Rotary Club
Norman Youth Foundation
Sarkeys Foundation
Tom Russell Charitable Foundation

Legacy Donors ($500,000+) 

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation
The JoAnne Loeffelholz Miller Family


Sustainers ($25,000 - $49,999)

Anderson-Vukelja Foundation
Arrow Oil and Gas
Shelba J. Bethel
Bio-Cide International
Barbara and Jay Scott Brown
The Sharri and Steve Clark Family
Cleveland-McClain County Medical Alliance
Crawley Family Foundation
Fowler Holding Company
Herbalife Family Foundation
Jill and George LeVan
Cindy Merrick
Norman North High School SPUD
Republic Bank & Trust
Bob Stoops Champions Foundation
Top of the World
Vernon and Lori Smith Family

Investors ($50,000 - $99,999)

The Farzaneh Family
Eric Fleske
E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation
Norman High School - Tigerpalooza
Kathryn Roberts & Steve Rogers
The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation
The Kirkpatrick Family Fund
The Phillip Boyle Foundation
Sonia Seabrook Gans
The McKinney Partnership

Guardians ($10,000 - $24,999)

Dobson Family Foundation
First Fidelity Bank
Jimmie Forister Trust
The Graves Family
Ideal Homes
Insurance Solutions by Irwin Agency
Journey Church
Judy and Gene McKown
NorthHaven Church
OEC Foundation
The Oliver Foundation
Richard L. and Charlotte Reynolds Family Foundation
Jaci McAfee Williams
Sooner Copy Machines










Advocates ($5,000 - $9,999)

Renee and Jim Adair
Jamie Belknap
Amy and Courtney Brackin
Shirley and Art Breipohl
Linda and John Campbell, Jr.
Janet and Steve Corley
Rita Claros and Mark Cox
First American Bank
Gymboree Play & Music of Norman
Judi and Bob Hartsock
Immuno Mycologics (IMMY)
Donna and Rhett Jackson
The Kerr Foundation
Lisa and Chuck Long
unter Miller Family
Lisa and David MillingtonKandi and Rick Nagel
Libba Smith
Lisa and Sam Talley
Kay and Bill Woods
The Forest Group
Katie and Will Merrick
Deidra and Fred Peters
Waggoners Heating and Air

Mentors ($1,000 - $4,999)

Mehdi Azimi
Artman Appraisal Company
The Bank of America Foundation
Erin and Eric Barnhart
Bob Usry and Sons
Susan and Terry Boehrer
Jody and MacKenzie Britt
Debby and Larry Burns
Margaret Cejda
Cleveland County Abstract
Pam and Gary Clinton
Jane and Manning Close
Craig & Streight Orthodontics
Angela and Patrick Dorney
Jennifer Edwards
Ferguson Buick - GMC
First Presbyterian Church
Dolores and Hiram Fitzgerald
Judith and Don Garrett
Samia and Joseph Harroz, Jr.
Samia Harroz Design
Kathy and Harold Heiple
Joan Johnson
Karen and Ronald Kirkpatrick
Bonnie and Kevin Kloesel
Lashar Home Comfort Systems
Judith Evans and Perry Lovelace
Paulette and Tom McCaleb


Jenna and Mike McIntosh
Linda and Keith Miller
Patricia Gilman and Paul Minnis
Diane and Phillip Moershel
Oklahoma Hospitality Club
Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center - Norman, P.C.Barbara and Steve Owens
RBG, Inc.
B.K. Reed
Kirk Reed
Lindy and John Ritz
Martha and Donald Roberts
Royal Printing Company
S.P. Rieger, LLLC
Jeri Saliba
Mary and Don Sherman
Richard Smalley, III
Kate Stanton
Cherie and Bob Staples
Katie Fitzgerald and Bradley Stevenson
Mary Louise and Don Symcox
Pam and Robert Talley
Glenda Thomas
Walton Family Foundation
Barbara and Scott Alan White




We would also like to thank our dedicated Campaign Cabinet, the McKinney Partnership Architects, Republic Bank & Trust, Sun Construction Services and Grossman and Keith Engineering for their commitment and leadership of this project. 


Jim Adair
Mehdi Azimi
Mackenzie Britt
Mark Cox


Cindy Merrick
Chuck and Lisa Long
Honorary Chair
Sherri Coale


Jamie Belknap
Darlene and Charlie Bowline 
Anne and Alan Brinkley 
John Campbell Sr.  
Bridget and Adam Childers
Pam and Gary Clinton
Molly and Jim Crawley
Sam Fulkerson 
Jeanne and Joe King  
Judith Evans and Perry Lovelace 
Gene and Judy McKown
Marrae and Dan Quinn  
Patti Rogers    
Scott Shuler 
Katie Barwick Snell and Dan Snell 
Linda Terrell     
Jaci Williams

Shelba Bethel
Amy and Courtney Brackin
Mike Bumgarner
Robert Castleberry
Sharri and Steve Clark
Janet and Steve Corley
The Farzaneh Family
Donna and Rhett Jackson
Jill and George LeVan
Andrea and Randy Marler
Steve Owens
Lindy and John Ritz
Cindy and Jim Rosenthal
Libba Smith
Mary Louise and Don Symcox
Chuck Thompson


210 S. Cockrel Ave., Norman, OK 73071
We are located on the corner of South Cockrel Avenue and East Eufaula Street



Phone: 405-364-1420
Fax: 405-364-1433

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Join our email list to receive monthly updates and important announcements from CCFI.

Name *


Welcome to the Center for Children and Families newsroom, where you'll find recent and archived press releases, announcements, monthly newsletters and other valuable information about our agency. For more information regarding media relations, please contact Amanda Pulis at 405-364-1420 or apulis@ccfinorman.org

Join our email list to receive monthly updates and important announcements from CCFI.

Name *

Latest News

Archived News

Staff Directory


Liz Biolley, MA
Interim Executive Director

Lee Brandon, LCSW
Boys & Girls Club of Norman Unit Director

Jessica Hodges, LCSW
Assistant Clinical Director


Katherine Keith
Associate Director

Deanna Wilkinson, LCSW
Clinical Director

Mission Advancement Director


Program & Support Staff


Roberto Aldana
Boys & Girls Club of Norman Program Coordinator - Healthy Lifestyles


Emily Banfield
Development Assistant

Jordan Cotton
AmeriCorps Member

Marisol Faro-Suarez
Professional Volunteer - Counseling Services


Patricia Hardimon, MHR
Bringing Up Babies Parent Education Coordinator

Chelsea Hinkle
Business Manager

Kristal Johnson
Finance & HR Manager

Ashley Kephart
Front Office Supervisor

Debbie Marshall-Gill
Divorce & Co-Parenting Clinician

Ashley Muns, NCC, LPC-S
Parents Assistance Lead Clinician


Jordan Parker
Intake & Support Coordinator

Amanda Pulis
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Alexa Sheppard
AmeriCorps Member


Ashley Swain
AmeriCorps Member

Tayler Taliaferro
Boys & Girls Club of Norman Program Coordinator - Academic Success


Kayla Whitlock, LPC
Parents Assistance Clinician


Sarika Willis
AmeriCorps Member


Joshua L. Wolfe, LPC-Candidate
Divorce & Co-Parenting Lead Clinician/Therapist