Founder, Executive Director, and Child Forensic Interviewer
Emily is a licensed social worker and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Indiana University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology from Hanover College. She has 20 years of experience in the field of child welfare, child protection, and crimes against children with previous positions held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Portland, Oregon; and Shelbyville, Indiana. Emily continued her training with the Indianapolis Institute for Families as a Clinical Associate in the Child Abuse Treatment Program. She also held the Director of Special Programs and Director of Development positions while with the Institute. Emily began the development and implementation of Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Centers in 2005 celebrating the opening of the first center in Avon, IN in 2009, the second center in Bloomington, IN in 2011, and a third location in Terre Haute, IN in 2017.
While at Susie’s Place, Emily has conducted well over 2,000 forensic interviews of alleged child victims of crimes and has supervised over 4,000 additional cases involving allegations of crimes against children. Emily works collaboratively with law enforcement, prosecutors, the Department of Child Services, medical teams, victim advocates, and mental health clinicians to ensure that children are not further traumatized by the interventions intended to protect them.
Emily is the current President of the Indiana Chapter of National Children’s Alliance and is on faculty with ChildFirst Indiana. Ms. Perry was awarded the 2010 Victim Advocate of the Year Award from the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, the 2017 Susan D. Wisely Youth Worker of the Year Award from the Indiana Youth Institute, and the 2017 ICON of the Year for the Hendricks County Business Leader. Ms. Perry lead Susie’s Place in being honored with the Avon Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Organization Award in 2010 and the 2014 Community Justice and Mediation – Herb Keisling Award.