Open Arms Child Advocacy Center

The Open Arms Child Advocacy center is a community based and child friendly facility designed to coordinate child forensic interviews and services to victims of nonfatal abuse and neglect, especially cases of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse.

Please take a look at our website to learn more about what we do, who we partner with, and current events and announcement.

Mission Statement

Minimize further trauma to child victims and their non-offending family members by providing a safe, child-friendly facility that can support successful child abuse investigations, promote healing, and empower through education.

Board of Directors

The OACAC current Board of Directors includes:

  • Board Chair – Wendy Samuels, Social Work Emeritus (retired)
  • Treasurer – Dee VanHorn, Retired Court Administrator
  • Secretary – Jennifer Schmidt, Director Mecosta/Osceola Department of Health and Human Services
  • Catherine Beagle, Program Director Community Mental Health for Central Michigan
  • Nicole Quinn, Children’s Services Supervisor DHHS
  • Azlan Ibrahim, Communications Manager Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
  • Shannon Behling, Clinical Nurse Specialist SANE Program Coordinator Spectrum Health Big Rapids and Reed City Hospitals

Our Location:

601 N. Evergreen, White Cloud 49349

Contact Us

We are always happy to have a conversation about what we do, as well as to schedule tours of our new facility.

Please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Laura Britting, with any questions or concerns, or to schedule a tour.



The Open Arms Child Advocacy Center exists through the generosity of others. Donations to OACAC help provide a safe, comfortable location in which families and children can be provided support, information, and the best interview possible. Our center works hard to collaborate with law enforcement and child welfare staff to make sure that every child’s story is heard. In addition, OACAC works hard long after the interview is finished to ensure that families are connected to the resources they need within their community, to advocate for the children involved, and to provide any other assistance possible.

Please consider giving to support this cause. OACAC is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit agency, and your donation may be tax deductible. 

Donations can be mailed to:

Open Arms Child Advocacy Center

601 N. Evergreen Drive

White Cloud, Michigan 49349

Or donate online TODAY by clicking the Donate Online button below.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact the Open Arms Child Advocacy Center at 231-787-2936, or e-mail Executive Director Laura Britting at LauraBritting@openarmscac.org.

Thank you for your support!