In June of 1987, concerned parents and civic-minded citizens joined with the Juvenile Justice System to form the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Project in Okmulgee County. While providing protective services for children, advocates began to help in cases where parents were subjected to domestic abuse. In many reports of child abuse, spousal abuse is also present.
The CASA advocates began providing domestic violence intervention services in 1988. In April 1989, the Muscogee (Creek) Indian Nation donated a 16-room Victorian house in downtown Okmulgee which was renovated and served as the agency headquarters for many years. In February 1990 the OCFRC was created as an umbrella structure to operate both the Okmulgee County/Creek Nation CASA Program and the rapidly developing Safehouse Program.