Sisters of Grace of Franklin County, which operates Grace’s Place Franklin County Crisis Nursery in Washington, received notice from the Missouri Department of Social Services that they have received licensure to operate as a residential child care agency.

Grace’s Place, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, serving as the only crisis nursery in Franklin County, is located at 302 Lafayette, Washington.

Grace’s Place originated in 2010 as a dream of two sisters who wanted to open a crisis nursery for children and families in crisis.

“We are thrilled that we have reached this milestone for the children of Franklin County who need us the most,” said Suzette Monda, founder of Grace’s Place. “It is no easy task to organize a new service and achieve all we have to date.”

As a licensed facility, Grace’s Place will be able to contract with the Department of Social Services Children’s Division to provide emergency and temporary care for children infants to age 12.

Temporary services are provided to families at no cost.

Currently, Grace’s Place is funded by the Franklin County Community Resource Board, United Way, local service organizations and private donations.

“As a place of respite, the founders, board of directors and staff envision a community where child abuse and neglect do not exist and families have the resources they need to navigate a crisis, feel supported and keep their children safe,” said Emily Goyea, chair of the board of directors.

“We are so thrilled with this achievement and know that Grace’s Place will continue to grow and serve as a partner with other community agencies to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect and connect families with the resources they need during times of crisis,” she said.

Amanda Jones serves as the executive director and oversees a staff of seven house parents.

Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in elementary education.

She also brings seven years of experience as a social service worker with the Missouri Department of Social Services.

According to Jones, financial contributions of numerous individuals, organizations and businesses were the final step in reaching financial goals to qualify for licensure.

For more information about Grace’s Place, people may contact Jones, 636-432-1313, or visit www.