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Advocacy Services

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Chris's Place

Chris’s Place

Chris’s Place coordinates an investigative multi-disciplinary team response for children involved in allegations of sexual abuse or serious physical abuse. Children receive a forensic interview in a child-focused environment by a specially trained interviewer, where coordinated and specialized services for advocacy, mental health and medical services are offered.


Program Director Claudia Quezada-Commerford, BS*

Victim Advocates Eliza Hemmer, BS *Bilingual English/Spanish


Court Appointed Special Advocates: The Ottawa and Saline County CASA Program recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in the local court system. CASA volunteers work to ensure the children’s needs are met and to assist the court in obtaining a safe, permanent placement as quickly as possible.


Program Director Angela Allison-Owens, Ms ECE

Volunteer CASA Supervisors Carmen San Martín, JD Alta Smutz, MS

Family Mentoring

Comprehensive, professional support for over-burdened families. Services include social work case management, weekly in-home visitation, crisis counseling, one-on-one parent training, parent/child relationship assistance and emotional support for English and Spanish-speaking families.


Program Directors Chelsea Sutton, LBSW Reyna Banda-Torres, BS*

Youth & Family Specialist Kristi Green, MS Family Mentors Egla Eikleberry, BS* Megan Powell, BA* Joan Ray, BA Fernando Rodriguez* *Bilingual English/Spanish