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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.


Interim Program Director

Eliza Hemmer, BS

Victim Advocates

Jace Griffith, BS

Melissa Buhrle

Brian Cano, BA*

Forensic Interviewer

Jace Griffith, BS



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, JD, MSW


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 Specialists

Rex Cearley, MS

Egla Eikleberry, BS*

Family Mentoring

Grecia Casteneda-Torres*, LBSW

Egla Eikleberry, BS*

Joan Ray, BA

Fernando Rodriguez*

Adri Barrientez,BA

*Bilingual English/Spanish