LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center helps child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse & child witnesses to other violent crimes in Shawnee and surrounding counties. We bring together the professionals from law enforcement, child protection services, mental health, medical, prosecution, and victim advocacy to investigate allegations of child abuse as part of our Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT). This approach is best practice and trauma-informed. The ultimate goal from our MDT is to reduce the child’s trauma by preventing multiple interviews. LifeHouse is a nationally accredited Child Advocacy Center that has been serving child victims of crime since 1999.
LifeHouse forensic interviewers attend an initial 40-hour, specialized training course. The forensic interviewers and advocates participate in continuous education in interviewing and child welfare. LifeHouse has two child-friendly interview rooms that allows team members to observe interviews and communicate with the interviewer. Our advocates are available throughout the investigation and prosecution process. LifeHouse advocates provide client education regarding the investigation, the prosecution, crime victim services and other community resources.
The child is the primary concern of LifeHouse. We provide a safe place for child victims to talk about their abuse. Through support, referrals, and education, LifeHouse helps navigate an otherwise miserable path for child victims and their families into one of healing and justice.
Our partnersShawnee County District Attorney’s Office
Topeka Police Department
Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office
Department for Children and Families
Stormont Vail SANE/SART
Jackson County Attorney
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
Mental Health Providers in Shawnee County and surrounding counties
Kelly Durkin, Executive Director
Lynette Cimino, Program Director / Forensic Interviewer
Rachel Lynn, Forensic Interviewer / Family Advocate
McKynley Larson, Multidisciplinary Team Coordinator
Lauren Stous, Forensic Interviewer/Family Advocate
Board of Directors
Mark Robinson, President
Andrew Lindeman, President Elect
Michael Bush, Treasurer
Julie Clanton, Secretary
Lou Allen, Immediate Past President
Tanyea Arévalo Bingham
Other Kansas Child Advocacy Centers
Each CAC in Kansas shares the mission of providing a child appropriate and child-friendly facility for child abuse investigations and intervention.
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