Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County held a grand opening for its second location, the Speese Campus, on Oct. 6.

The new full-service campus is the advocacy center’s first McKinney location. The organization provides ”life-changing services” for children and families who have been victimized by child abuse, according to its website. The 40,000-square-foot facility, located at 1701 Heritage Drive, McKinney, offers family advocacy services, forensic interviews, counseling, community education and more.

The new campus will house children’s advocacy professionals including family advocates and forensic interviewers as well as staff from the Collin County Sheriff’s Office; Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; and McKinney, Frisco, Anna and Princeton police departments, according to a news release.

The grand opening celebration included remarks from Chief Executive Officer Lynne McLean and Chief Operating Officer Dan Powers. Mark Speese, a longtime organization member and the namesake of the new campus, also spoke.

“This isn't just a building. It's a sacred place; it's a place of hope; it's a place of healing; and it's a place where evil does not win,” Powers said.