Susie’s Place in Avon

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Serving Hendricks, Morgan, Putnam, Shelby, and nearby counties

Susie’s Place in Avon was our first location among our three west-central Indiana centers. The Center opened in 2009.

Avon, Indiana sits just west of Indianapolis in Hendricks County.

Contact us

Our Avon location is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Phone: 317-272-5696

Get directions to Susie’s Place in Avon

Susie’s Place in Avon is located in a small business park near Ivy Tech’s Hendricks County campus.

7519 Beechwood Centre Road
Suite 500
Avon, IN 46123

What is Susie’s Place in Avon?

Susie’s Place is a facility-based community partnership dedicated to pursuing the truth in cases involving alleged crimes against children. Named after Hendricks Co. Detective Susie Austin, we are a 501(c) non-profit organization. You can read more about our history and governance.

These facilities, called Child Advocacy Centers, ensure children are not further victimized by the interventions intended to protect them. We help kids and families after an informed instance of abuse by conducting forensic interviews, child and family advocacy, and providing referrals to professional mental and medical health providers.

Most services provided at Susie’s Place are at no cost to families.

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What is a Child Forensic Interview?

A child forensic interview at a CAC is an information-gathering interview that is designed to be age and developmentally appropriate, of an alleged child victim of a crime or a child witness to a violent crime.

Forensic Interviews follow a semi-structured forensic interview protocol designed to be non-leading and non-suggestive and always prioritize the needs and safety of the child.

What is a Multidisciplinary Team?

CACs utilize a multidisciplinary team approach to investigate and intervene in cases involving allegations of crimes against children to ensure a child-focused approach. An MDT consists of the following professionals:

  • Law enforcement
  • The Department of Child Services (Child Protective Services)
  • Prosecution
  • Victim advocacy
  • Medical personnel
  • Mental health personnel
  • Child advocacy centers
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Serving over 11,000 children in the last 11 years

Susie’s Place in Avon serves hundreds of cases each year. Across all three locations, Susie’s Place has served over 11,000 children in the last eleven years.

Meet our Avon Team

Emily Perry
Founder, Executive Director, and Child Forensic Interviewer
Lynn Clinton
Associate Director
Candace Balzano
Education and Outreach Program Manager
Anna Cope
Forensic Interviewer
Heidi Clossin
Forensic Interviewer
Anthony Merckel
Child and Family Advocate
Peggy Schultz
Lead Administrative Coordinator
Amanda Yarde
Education and Outreach Program Coordinator

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