PLAINFIELD — After just three years, Susie’s Place has outgrown its first home and is moving into a new space in Avon.
Susie’s Place is the child advocacy center in Hendricks County. It is staffed with trained forensic interviewers that assist law enforcement and Child Protective Services by providing a child-friendly place to interview children who have experienced some sort of abuse or trauma.
The board of directors decided late in 2011 that the Avon location was no longer large enough to fulfill the organization’s mission. Members spread the word that they were searching for a new location.
“Dr. Larry Caskey contacted me directly and said he though he had a good property that would be a good fit for us,” said Emily Perry, executive director of Susie’s Place.
Caskey is one partner of five that own Avon Medical Buildings in the Beechwood Center in Avon.
Perry said the space available looked great and encouraged the board to enter into negotiations.
“It exceeds our expectations,” Perry said. “And they have been extremely generous with us when it comes to our space requirements and need for confidentiality. The space is perfect for us.”
Susie’s Place first opened in Avon in 2009 in a 1,500 square foot facility. The new space is just shy of 4,200 square feet.
“We will have more space for our teams and families,” Perry said. “Kids won’t have to wait a day or two to get in and our scheduling won’t be so backlogged.”
She said the added space will also help families be more comfortable during the interview process. And, she said, the added square footage will offer more private waiting areas.
“It depends on the circumstance, but some families need to be here through several interviews,” Perry said. “Sometimes there are several siblings we need to talk with and they can be here from six to eight hours.”