Governor Laura Kelly announced Kerrie Lonard, Lawrence, as the Kansas Child Advocate. As Child Advocate, Lonard will lead the Division of the Child Advocate, established by Governor Kelly in October to improve our state’s child welfare system and protect Kansas kids. Lonard currently has worked at Kansas Legal Services in Topeka for nearly 14 years, serving as both a Staff Attorney and Managing Attorney. As Managing Attorney, she supervises staff in providing legal assistance to members of the public, often in areas of family law and child-in-need-of-care cases.