Open Arms Child Advocacy Center has a new executive director to lead the organization’s efforts to help fight child abuse and neglect in Newaygo, Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties.
After her appointment in late summer, Laura Britting is already ramping up efforts to strengthen relationships in OACAC’s four-county service area. A Lake County resident with deep experience in leading nonprofit community organizations, Britting is also building a robust and sustainable program to help develop and grow OACAC’s financial and other resources.
“I am truly honored to serve families in Newaygo, Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties so we can help children who have been abused and neglected begin the journey toward hope and healing,” Britting said. “I am grateful for the warm welcome I’ve received from everyone, from community partners to law enforcement to health and human service agencies at every level, and inspired by their deep commitment to keeping children safe and healthy so they can thrive. I’m excited to lead Open Arms Child Advocacy Center and our team of compassionate, skilled and dedicated professionals and build on the vital work we do.”
Britting has served as an administrator and executive director at an assisted living facility in Ludington, and led Hope Network’s neuro-rehabilitation program, as well as other service and wellness programs throughout West Michigan. She lives in Baldwin with her family.
“Open Arms Child Advocacy Center is thrilled to welcome Laura Britting and see her already put her extensive skills and experiences to work strengthening our organization,” OACAC board chairwoman Wendy Samuels said. “From Day One, Laura put her energy and talents focusing on key areas that can help OACAC better serve families in our communities. Laura will be an invaluable asset in our work to help families and children confront the trauma of abuse and neglect, find justice and achieve healing.”
Through October 2022, OACAC provided services that included 175 forensic interviews of child victims of abuse and neglect. OACAC also provided support for 175 caregivers and nearly 175 medical referrals. Serving Newaygo, Mecosta, Osceola and Lake counties, OACAC is headquartered at the newly opened Center for Hope and Healing together with the Newaygo County Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, located right off M-37 at 601 North Evergreen Drive in White Cloud. The Center for Hope and Healing was officially opened in August and features state-of-the-art resources in a facility designed to maximize safety, comfort and privacy.