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Raising a child can be a challenge, especially for parents who are experiencing pressures such as unemployment, illness or lack of parenting skills. Although many parents get the help they need, too many young families have nowhere to turn for support. KCSL offers Healthy Families Programs in 11 Kansas counties.

Healthy Families is a voluntary program that assists new parents who are overburdened by stress factors. Staff meet with the family regularly, usually once each week. This process begins during pregnancy and continues until the child is 3 to 5 years old.

Modeled after a program in Hawaii, this service has been proven successful in promoting healthy child development, parent/child interaction, preventing child abuse and neglect and helping families link with necessary community resources. Studies show families who participate in such programs are less likely to require the intervention of social services later in a child's life.

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For general information about KCSL's Healthy Families program and outcomes contact Kelly Hayes.

Location: Emporia
Service Area: Lyon County
Contact: Bev Long (620) 340-0408

Location: Hutchinson
Service Area: Reno County
Contact: Michael Woods (620) 664-5000

Location: Independence
Service Area: Montgomery, Labette and Neosho Counties
Contact: Erin Bunn (877) 530-5275

Location: Overland Park
Service Area: Johnson County
Contact: Jennifer Summers (913) 371-2220

Location: Overland Park
Service Area: Wyandotte County
Contact: Stefanie Werth (913) 371-2220

Location: Pittsburg
Service Area: Crawford and Cherokee Counties
Contact: Lindsay Restivo (620) 875-0078

Location: Topeka
Service Area: Shawnee County
Contact: Chasity Foster (785) 274-3100

Location: Wichita
Service Area: Sedgwick County
Contact: Michael Woods (316) 942-4261

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