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Kansas Children’s Service League is a private, not-for-profit agency serving children and families with offices and affiliates throughout Kansas. Founded in 1893, KCSL provides a continuum of programs and services, advocates for children, and collaborates with other public and private agencies to increase effectiveness and promote efficiency and quality. KCSL’s services and advocacy efforts focus on keeping children safe, families strong, and communities involved.

Our Mission
To protect and promote the well-being of children.

Strategic Plan

Our History

KCSL has its roots in two parent agencies: The Kansas Children’s Home Society, founded in Topeka in 1893, and The Christian Service League, founded in 1906 in Wichita. Both agencies concentrated on finding permanent homes for orphaned or abandoned children and foster homes for children whose parents were temporarily unable to care for them. The two agencies merged in 1926. The newly combined agency continued its tradition of providing direct services to children and families and directing a strong child advocacy program.

During the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s KCSL’s most visible work was infant adoption. By the 1970s, societal changes led to decreases in the number of babies placed for adoption. In response, KCSL developed a broader range of services to meet the changing needs of children and families. Among these services was Head Start, which KCSL still provides in 13 Western Kansas Counties. Recognizing the need for services for children 0-3, KCSL began providing Early Head Start Services in Finney County in 2001, and expanded to five additional Western Kansas counties in 2007.

In 1993, the Kansas Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse merged with KCSL, bringing the Parent Helpline, parent support groups, and a statewide network of child abuse prevention affiliates to the agency. By the early 1990s a new prevention program, Healthy Families, was developed to support at-risk parents of newborns. Currently, KCSL offers Healthy Families in nine Kansas counties, as well as a variety of child abuse prevention and community based services across the state aimed at strengthening families and preventing out of home care.

Since 1996 when the state of Kansas extensively privatized its child welfare services, KCSL has partnered with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services to serve children in the state’s care. This community-based delivery model is credited with significant positive outcomes for kids including increased safety while in care and more timely permanency. Currently, KCSL coordinates statewide Adoption Exchange services, branded as Adopt Kansas Kids, for contracted case management agencies. KCSL also continues to sponsor a network of resource family foster homes delivering care and support to some of Kansas’ most vulnerable children.

On January 1, 2009, as KCSL began its 116th year of service, the agency assumed responsibility for the grants and services provided through the Shawnee County Family Resource Center. Now operating as the KCSL Family Resource Center, these new programs enable KCSL to provide a more comprehensive array of services to child and families in need.

KCSL is the Kansas chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. KCSL has achieved national accreditation from the Council on Accreditation and Healthy Families America and is a funded partner of eight United Way agencies across the state.

On July 1, 2011, KCSL joined with the Wichita Child Guidance Center, combining outpatient mental health services, strengthening community visibility and creating operational efficiencies. These important services include expertise in early childhood and infant mental health. In 2015, mental health services moved to our office at 1365 N Custer to integrate further with the other Wichita programs.

Agency Snapshot

Number of employees (approximate): 215
Number of children & families served annually: 40,000

Top Administrators:
Dona Booe, CEO/President
John Bridson, Board Chair

Central Office:
1365 N. Custer
Wichita, KS 67203
(316) 942-4261
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