Eight Indiana child advocacy centers are either moving soon, expanding, or have recently moved operations to a new location.
Heartford House satellite, formerly Quinton’s House in Clinton County, moves to more appropriate space
Quinton’s House in Clinton County merged with Heartford House in Tippecanoe County in October 2020. The Clinton County facility had a caseload that was, thankfully, relatively low. But operational efficiencies strongly suggested a merger with the much larger Heartford House in Lafayette was a logical move.
“We’re keeping their name and location in Clinton County, but we’re taking over management and they’re merging with us,” says Heartford House Executive Director Jen Bushore-Barry. “We’re in the same DCS region, their board has been interested in having someone take over management, and it made a lot of sense for us and ensures they’re successful.” In Clinton County, they will be a United Way Partner, too.
Quinton’s House is still the name on the door, but the team has moved into a smaller, more affordable space that’s appropriate for their current level of service.
McKenzie’s Hope finds new location in Huntington
Expanding at 1175 Etna Avenue, Suite E, Huntington
McKenzie’s Hope in Huntington is expanding at their current location, due to open within the next year. The new expansion will provide additional space for the growing Center and allow visitors to come and go with more privacy and security.
Kids Talk finds new home in Anderson
Now at 814 Central Ave., Anderson
Kids Talk recently moved into a more comfortable, quieter space. The new facility is more modern, has better safety features, and access to newer amenities that better serve the kids and families that visit.
Executive Director Denise Valdez noted children come for “very delicate conversations”, and any effort to make those conversations easier and calmer is a measure worth taking.
Marion County CAC moves Downtown
Now at 251 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis
In spring 2022, the Marion County CAC moved from its old location at 38th and Keystone to the 8th floor of 251 East Ohio Street in Downtown Indianapolis.
Parking is available around the new building, including in an attached garage. The ten-story red brick building is directly behind City Market.
The team expects major renovations and other improvements to be finished before the end of 2022, but is already conducting interviews at the new location.
Randolph County CAC shifts to Union City for huge new space
A new location, funded by American Rescue Plan, is funding a move from Winchester to Union City for the Randolph County CAC. The past Winchester location was in a great spot in the center of the county, but the new location in Union City has what Executive Director Mallory Stevenson says is “a more robust layout for privacy and security.”
The new location is likely to open sometime later in 2022.
Susie’s Place expands into neighboring space
Expanding at 7519 Beechwood Centre Road, Avon
Susie’s Place CAC in Avon, one of three Susie’s Place locations in western and central Indiana, is expanding into a wing of their Avon building that has been vacated by another professional services firm. Susie’s Place has leased the office space at 7519 Beechwood Centre Road in Avon for many years and the address is not changing.
The team plans to expand into the space over the rest of 2022 to offer better privacy and protection for kids and families who previously parked and shared a door with the neighboring office.
SWICACC sets up in former school
Now at 401 West 5th Street, Jasper
The former Fifth Street School in Jasper has a new use with the Southwest Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition. In May the team was setting up the space and finding an outpouring of support from the community to make it happen.
In addition to expanded places for forensic interviews, The team is thinking big for the building, including exploring ways to offer group, art, and music therapy down the road. “For many of the kids who come to us after an allegation of abuse, they tell us their terrifying stories and sometimes it feels like we can’t do more for them after they walk out the door,” she says. “Everything we’re doing here is for the benefit of kids.”
Benefits for adults are underway, too, including adult-focused group therapy and counseling services.
Family and Children’s Place swaps offices and counties
Headquartered at 100 W. Court Ave. Ste 102, Jeffersonville
Family and Children’s Place has long maintained two locations with a primary location in New Albany in Floyd County and a satellite location in Jeffersonville next door in Clark County.
Now, Family and Children’s Place are swapping counties, with the primary Center located in Jeffersonville and a satellite location in New Albany.