Garden City

Child Advocacy Center

Meet the Garden City Team

Family and Child Advocate - Forensic Interviewer

Melissa Fulton

Melissa is a Forensic Interviewer and Child and Family Advocate. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre & Voice and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance.  She performs  locally and with the Wichita Grand Opera.  Melissa is also a personal trainer who recently held a national boxing title. Melissa loves being part of the CAC team because every child that walks through the doors is special and amazing! 

Family and Child Advocate - Forensic Interviewer

Raquel Perez

Raquel is a Family/Child Advocate and Forensic Interviewer. She is in our Garden City Center. Raquel was born and raised in Garden City. She is currently studying to get her degree in social work. She enjoys working with children and families in the community. Her husband and two kids keep her very busy; she enjoys being out in the community with her family and friends. She is dedicated to helping children and families start their healing process of trauma. 

Youth Advocate

Ricardo Colas

Ricardo is a youth advocate. He is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in social work at Fort Hays State University. Ricardo was formally an education major and had aspirations to become a teacher. After working in a homeless shelter and seeing how badly social workers were needed, he decided to switch his major and came to work at the Child Advocacy Center where he can advocate for kids who need it the most. Ricardo used to be one of the kids who were labeled “at risk” so he feels for these kids who struggle in school and need a little more love and motivation. Ricardo wants to be a beacon of hope and inspiration for these kids. He wants to use his story and his past experiences in schools to show kids that they can make it out and be something in this world no matter what cards they were dealt! 

Therapy Dog


Zeus is an Aussie-doodle who is always ready to greet kids and families at the door. He is located in the Garden City CAC but also loves to jump on the Mobile CAC and help even more kids on the road!! However, be warned he loves snacks as much as he loves kids, so keep those snacks close and come in and meet our amazing therapy dog, Zeus! 

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