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Stepping Stones CAC logo Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center

1014 Poyntz Suite C
Manhattan, KS 66505
(785) 537-6867


General Email:

Primary CAC
Travis Linneman, CAC Coordinator
Jayme Morris-Hardeman, Executive Director


Mission Statement: The mission of Stepping Stones Child Advocacy Center is to provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary team response to allegations of child abuse in a child-friendly facility to help reduce trauma to the child while maintaining the integrity and comfort of the child.

CAC Operations Began:

Organizational Model:
Within the umbrella of Sunflower CASA Project

Counties Served in Official Service Area:

Service Area Population /  Community Characteristics:

Average Number of Children Receiving Core CAC Services:

Ages of Children Served:

0–18 years
Case Criteria:
Allegations of Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse, Child Witness to Violence. Referrals accepted from Law Enforcement, SRS.

Riley County Attorney’s Office
Riley County Police Department
Social and Rehabilitation Services-Northeast Region
Mercy Regional Health Center SANE/SART
Pawnee Mental Health Services

Core Program Components/Services: Cases Reviewed by MDT
Forensic Interviews
Victim Advocacy
Linkage with Mental Health partner Agency
Linkage with Medical Partner Agency
Case Tracking

Additional Services:
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate)
Court Advocacy/Accompaniment
Community Education on Child Abuse
Medical Exam/Hospital Accompaniment
Training for Partner Agency Professionals

Facility Information: Stepping Stones in located in an office suite in Manhattan. Suite includes family waiting area, interview / observation room, case conference room and area for family support/advocacy meetings.

Annual CAC Budget:

$50,000 - $100,000
Funding Sources: Private Foundations/Trusts
Government Grants (State/Federal)
City Government
Contributions (corporate, individual, organizations)
United Way
Special Events