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Advocacy Services

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Chris’s Place Child Advocacy Center has met the ten rigorous Standards for Accredited Members and is a member of the National Children’s Alliance in good standing.

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 Jace Griffith, BS
Melissa Burhle

Forensic Interviewer 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 Martin, JD
Marsha Mauch


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 Services Specialist Robert Collier, BS

Grief Recovery Coordinator
Melissa Buhrle

Family Mentoring

Grecia Casteneda-Torres*
Egla Eikleberry, BS*
Joan Ray, BA Fernando Rodriguez*

*Bilingual English/Spanish

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