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Adoption Exchange/Adopt Kansas Kids
Creating awareness and providing information to adoptive families about children needing an adoptive home.

Adopt Kansas Kids is the Adoption Exchange for Kansas. The program raises awareness about the need for adoptive families for children who currently are in foster care. Children who are featured on Adopt Kansas Kids do not have an adoptive resource and are waiting for a “no matter what” family. Awareness is accomplished through our website and matching database, child profiles in the media and community events and activities
dot Service Areas:  Statewide
Contact:   Tracy Atkins 1-877-457-5430

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Adoption Search
Assists adoptees, birth families and adoptive parents who received private adoption services from KCSL in the past and are seeking information about and/or contact with each other.

If you have any questions please call (877) 530-5275.

Note: KCSL does not release any identifying information about the adopted child, birth parents or adoptive parents without that person’s written permission to do so. Unless the person was born before 1910 and we can presume he/she has passed away. KCSL’s adult adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents are encouraged to keep their name and address updated along with their desire of whether or not they would like their information shared with family members who may inquire.
dot Location: Wichita
Service Area: Statewide
Contact:   Amber Miller 1-877-530-5275
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Child Abuse Prevention Trainings
KCSL has trainers who are trained to offer face to face trainings for mandated reporter groups across the state.

Kansas Law states that most professionals who work with children are “mandated reporters”, meaning they are required by law to report suspicion of child abuse or neglect. Kansas Children’s Service League has developed several training options to help mandated reporters understand signs of child abuse and neglect and the process for making a report.
dot Service Areas:  Statewide
Contact:  training@kcsl.org 1-877-530-5275
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Circle of Parents® Support Groups
Statewide network of parent, grandparent, and kinship-care support facilitated by trained volunteers who are parent leaders in the state.

KCSL offers a statewide network of support groups for resource families, parents, grandparents and other caregivers raising children. These support groups are designed to connect families with the support and resources they need to succeed.
dot Service Area:  Statewide
Contact:   Michelle Jordan 1-877-530-5275
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Community Resource Library
Wide variety of child and family-related information offered to prevention of child abuse affiliates, professionals and parents statewide at no charge.

The Community Resource Library offers a wide variety of child and family-related information including parent tip cards and other materials. This information is available to professionals, parents and caregivers. There is no charge for printed CRL materials. To order materials from the CRL email us.
dot Location:   Wichita
Service Area:   Statewide
Contact:   resourcelibrary@kcsl.org 1-877-530-5275
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Crisis Nursery Case Management
Targeted case management for families utilizing crisis nursery services. Designed to assist families in crisis and connect them to resources needed to improve parent/child functioning.

In Wichita, KCSL offers Crisis Nursery, short-term care services for children when parents are experiencing a crisis or extreme stress. Crisis Nursery can assist your family with emergency childcare when unexpected situations occur including parental or sibling illness or death; lack of utilities, food or shelter; domestic violence; the need for drug alcohol treatment; or other emergency situations which jeopardize the safety and well-being of the child.
dot Location: Wichita
Service Areas: Sedgwick County
Contact: Michelle Jordan 316-942-4261
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Darkness to Light
Child sexual abuse prevention program targeted at adults working with youth.

Stewards of Children® is an evidence-informed prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. It offers practical prevention training with a conversational, real-world approach.
dot Service Area: Statewide
Contact:  training@kcsl.org 1-877-530-5275
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Early Head Start
Weekly home visitation supporting parents with children's health, safety, and development, while helping new and expectant parents adjust.

Early Head Start is a weekly home visitation program that works with expectant parents and parents of children under the age of three. Sponsored by KCSL, the program focuses on children’s health; safety and development; and assists parents in adjusting to their new role. Services are provided at no-cost to the family. KCSL's Early Head Start program is offered in Finney, Grant and Seward Counties.
dot Location:   Garden City
Service Area:   Finney, Gray, Grant, Haskell, Kearney, Scott, Seward, Stanton, Stevens & Wichita Counties
Contact:   Mary Martha Good 1-877-530-5275
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Essentials for Childhood
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project, which involves coordination of a coalition of 30 agencies across the state who collaborate to create safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments to prevent and mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Learn more about KCSL's child abuse and neglect prevention efforts.
dot Location:  Wichita
Service Area:  Statewide
Contact:  Vicky Roper 1-877-530-5275
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Foster Family Placement Services
Provides quality temporary (foster) homes for children in State custody who are not safe living at home with parents. Recruitment of quality homes is a critical component of this service.

Foster parents, also referred to as resource families, provide temporary care for children who cannot remain in their home due to neglect, abuse or poor parental choices. Children requiring foster care range in age from infancy to 18 and come from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Some have special needs. Besides providing the daily basics of food, shelter and clothing, foster parents provide the care, stability and guidance all children need.

To learn more, or get started, contact a Family Service Representative through email or toll free at 877-530-5275.
dot Location:  Topeka
Service Area: Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Riley and Shawnee Counties
Contact:   Ronda Ellis 1-877-530-5275
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Head Start
Comprehensive child-development program for 3 and 4 year olds from income-eligible families. Offers center and home-based services in 10 western Kansas counties.

The Head Start program works with young children and their parents. The program, sponsored by the Kansas Children’s Service League, focuses on children’s health, nutrition, education and social development. Head Start helps children get a healthy start to learning.
dot Location:   Garden City
Service Area:   Finney, Gray, Grant, Haskell, Kearney, Scott, Seward, Stanton, Stevens & Wichita Counties
Contact:   Mary Martha Good 1-877-530-5275
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Healthy Families Kansas™
Intensive, in-home parenting support for new parents of 0 to 3 year olds overburdened by stress factors such as unemployment, limited parenting skills and family history of abuse and neglect.

Raising a child can be a challenge, especially for parents who are experiencing pressures such as unemployment, illness or limited parenting skills. Although many parents get the help they need, too many young families have nowhere to turn for support. KCSL offers Healthy Families America® (HFA) programs in 30 Kansas counties.

Healthy Families Kansas™ 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.
dot Location: Emporia
Service Area: Lyon, Chase, Coffey & Greenwood
Contact: Bev Long (620) 340-0408

Location: Great Bend
Service Area: Barton, Rice, Pawnee & Stafford Counties
Contact: Connie Cale (620) 603-8442

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

Location: Independence
Service Area: Montgomery, Labette & Neosho Counties
Contact:  Samantha Maritt (877) 530-5275

Location: Iola
Service Area: Allen, Neosho & Wilson Counties
Contact:  Alisha Turner (620) 380-6095

Location: Newton
Service Area: Harvey, Marion, McPherson & Butler Counties
Contact: Virginia Schwiethale (316) 333-1888

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

Location: Overland Park
Service Area: Wyandotte & Leavenworth Counties
Contact:  LeAnn Woods (913) 371-2220

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

Location: Topeka
Service Area: Jefferson, Osage & Shawnee Counties
Contact:  Chasity Foster (785) 274-3100

Location: Wichita
Service Area: Sedgwick, Sumner & Butler Counties
Contact:  Nicole Booze (316) 942-4261
Service Area: Sedgwick (Family First only)
Contact:  Jennifer Avery (316) 942-4261
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Infant Adoption/From Heart to Home
Support and services to birth parent(s) choosing adoption for their infant. Preparing adoptive homes for matching with birth parents.

Whether you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and considering adoption, or hoping to adopt the baby of your dreams, From Heart to Home can help! If after reviewing the information on this site you have more questions or would like to talk with one of our professional staff, please call us:

  • For birth parents: call toll-free 877-581-5437 to speak with a birth parent counselor.
  • For prospective adoptive parents: call toll-free 877-530-5275 to speak with a customer care coordinator.


Information for Birth Parents
Information for Prospective Adoptive Parents
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Birth Parents:   Amy Boaz 877-581-5437
Adoptive Parents:   Amy Boaz 877-530-5275
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Juvenile Intake and Assessment
Providing youth with social, emotional, and safety assessments and placement for children and youth presented by law enforcement who have determined them at-risk for abuse/neglect, juvenile offenses, or out-of-control behavior including truancy and runaways.

KCSL’s Juvenile Intake and Assessment staff assist law enforcement with youth taken into custody, including juvenile offenders and children in need of care, and coordinate information gathering and assessment services in Shawnee County (District 3).
dot Location:  Topeka
Service Area:  Shawnee County
Contact:   Samantha Sanchez 785-274-3100
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Kansas Parent Leadership Advisory Council
A council of 10-12 parents who advise the Parent Leadership Conference Committee and other early childhood projects.

See what other parent leadership opportunities KCSL offers.
dot Service Area:  Statewide
Contact: Vicky Roper 316 942-4261
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Kansas Post Adoption Resource Center (K-PARC)
Support services and information for families who have adopted children from foster care. Quarterly retreats with a focus on providing quality marriage/relationship building education.

K-PARC provides no-cost services to:
  • Families who have adopted from public child welfare in Kansas
  • Kinship families (adoption or guardianship) who reside in Kansas
  • Any family who has adopted a child from any state’s child welfare system and resides in Kansas
dot Service Area:  Sedgwick County
Contact: Tracy Atkins 1-877-457-5430
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Kinship Navigator
A case management program for grandparents and other relatives raising children.

The Kinship Navigator Program can assist grandparents or relatives in Sedgwick County raising children in navigating and overcoming the issues and barriers they may face when parenting the second time around. This program provides a case manager dedicated to supplying kinship caregivers with the services and benefits needed to care for the children in their home.
dot Location:  Wichita
Service Area:  Sedgwick County
Contact:   Ana Rodriguez 316-942-4261
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Mental Health Services
Short-term therapy for children and families; targeted Infant/Toddler Mental Health Services.

Children, Youth and Family Counseling helps families build upon their strengths and discover alternative ways to manage family living. The Counseling department provides short-term therapy for children and families in Sedgwick county. Targeted Early Childhood Mental Health Services are also available.

Counseling services are for families with children and youth pre-birth to age 18. In order to keep services affordable, fees are adjusted for uninsured in accordance with the size and income level of the family.
dot Location:  Wichita
Service Area:   Wichita
Contact:   Bethany Beal 1-877-530-5275

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Oasis
KCSL's Oasis program is a free and voluntary case management service to families and youth age 10-17 who are at-risk in Shawnee County. Youth at-risk include youth experiencing family conflict, truancy or other problems at school, anti-social behavior and drug and alcohol use by the youth or parents.

The goals of Oasis are to:
  • Prevent out-of-home placement;
  • Improve family and youth functioning;
  • Provide crisis intervention case management services;
  • Decrease truant behavior; and
  • Locate needed resources for families.
dot Location:  Topeka
Service Area:   Shawnee County
Contact: Amber Miller 1-877-530-5275
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Parent-Child Assistance Program (P-CAP)
Early identification of substance-using parents and intensive, weekly support to families facing multiple challenges.

KCSL's Parent-Child Assistance Program (P-CAP) provides voluntary, intensive in-home case management services for pregnant women and families who have children under the age of 1, reside in Shawnee County and are currently using or have recently used substances.
dot Location:  Topeka
Service Area:  Shawnee County
Contact:   Jennifer Gassmann 785-274-3100
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Parent Helpline 1-800-CHILDREN & Mobile App
Anonymous, statewide, free, information, referral and phone counseling service available anytime, any day to parents, relatives, caregivers and professionals. The free Parent Helpline app offers easy access to local resources in Kansas for education, counseling, employment and much more.

The Parent Helpline is an anonymous, statewide, free, information and referral service available anytime, any day to parents, relatives, caregivers and professionals. Contact the Parent Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN or 1800children@kcsl.org. Download the app HERE
dot Service Area:  Statewide
Contact:   Pam Noble 1-800-CHILDREN
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Parent Leadership
Development of leadership skills and empowerment through facilitation of support groups, involvement in Boards, advisory councils, conference presentations, parent cafes, parent/practitioner partnership trainings and advocacy activities.

See what other parent leadership services KCSL offers.
dot Location:  Wichita
Service Area:  Sedgwick County
Contact: Vicky Roper 316-942-4261
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The Period of PURPLE Crying®
KCSL coordinates the statewide effort to bring The Period of PURPLE Crying® program to hospitals and communities across the state. The Period of PURPLE Crying® is an evidenced-based prevention program offered by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. The program approaches Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) prevention by helping parents and caregivers understand the frustrating features of crying in normal infants that can lead to shaking or abuse.

Public and private partners are coming together quickly to make this project a priority because it is an evidenced-based, strengths-based approach to support families. Funding for The Period of PURPLE Crying® is provided by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitations Services through a Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) grant; and the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund through Community Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) funds and the Early Childhood Block Grant. Additional support has been secured from the Kansas Health Foundation, the Junior League of Wichita, the Topeka Community Foundation, Early Head Start ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), and numerous hospital foundations.
dot Service Areas:  Statewide
Contact:  Rachelle Soden 1-877-530-5275
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Restorative Education Services
Assisting older youth who are suspended or at imminent risk of failure in school with educational, social, and behavioral supports. Using a model of restorative justice, youth volunteer for community service while achieving educational goals.

The Center for Restorative Education provides an avenue for credit recovery and case management services for at-risk and suspended/expelled students in Shawnee County. Students must be referred from a participating school due to a long term suspension or other reason as determined by the school.
dot Location:  Topeka (Center for Restorative Education)
Service Area:  Shawnee County
Contact: Mariah Lunson 785-438-6800
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Wichita Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention
Coordination of a coalition of 60 agencies in the Wichita area who collaborate to create and carry out child abuse prevention initiatives.

KCSL coordinates the Wichita Coalition for Child Abuse Prevention (CCAP), formerly known as the Wichita Child Abuse Fatalities Community Response Team. CCAP formed to implement prevention initiatives as a community response to the cluster of eight child abuse fatalities in 2008 and prevent fewer future deaths with funding from KCSL’s Statewide Community Based Child Abuse Prevention grant dollars. The mission of CCAP is to empower organizations in Wichita to create effective systems to prevent child abuse and neglect. Work groups formed to develop strategies related to the attributes identified in data received by Wichita Police Department.
dot Location:  Wichita
Service Area:  Sedgwick County
Contact: Vicky Roper 1-877-530-5275

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