Sutton speaks at Kiwanis Club meeting
Executive director of Children’s Listening Place explains program
PARKERSBURG — Lisa Sutton, executive director of The Children’s Listening Place, 4421 Emerson Ave., spoke at the recent meeting of the Kiwanis Club of North Parkersburg.
Sutton, a certified forensic interviewer, with a Master’s Degree in Psychology, has been with The Children’s Listening Place since it was founded three years ago. Michele Rusen, Parkersburg attorney, and Judith Ball, child advocate, were founders of The Children’s Listening Place, so named because “it is a place where a child can come and tell their story,” Sutton said.
The Children’s Listening Place serves children ages 0-18 years, with children as young as six months who have been assaulted, Sutton said. The average age of children served by the center is 4 to 10 years. Last year, the center served approximately 260 children. This year, the center expects to serve 350-400 children, Sutton said.
Children are referred to The Children’s Listening Place by law enforcement agencies and Child Protective Services. School systems do not directly refer students to the center, Sutton said; however, her staff offers direction to schools seeking assistance. Nationally accredited, The Children’s Listening Place serves Wood, Ritchie and Pleasants counties.
The Children’s Listening Place is funded by state and federal money, grants and fundraising projects.