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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:   Gail Cozadd 1-877-530-5275
Case Management
Professional support to parents and youth at risk of juvenile offenses such as truancy or out-of-control behavior, and help develop a plan and links to needed resources to resolve their struggles.

Case Managers provide the following services to families
  • Advocate for the youth and family
  • Perform a strength and needs assessment
  • Offer referrals to community resources (including mental health and substance abuse agencies)
  • Address educational needs
  • Provide financial assistance/consulting
  • Offer concrete goals and services
  • Support families through court proceedings/processes
Common concerns or reasons for case management
  • At-risk for out of home placement (DCF or JJA custody)
  • Substance abuse
  • Need for counseling services
  • Financial concerns
  • Education problems (Truancy, poor classroom behavior, or academic performance)
  • Health care needs
  • Family conflict resolution
  • Need for support through juvenile court procedures
  • Troubled siblings
dot Location:  Topeka
Service Areas:  Shawnee County
Contact:   Amber Miller 1-877-530-5275

Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities
Each April, KCSL organizes and coordinates state and local Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention events including a CAPitol Kick-off held at the Kansas State Capitol. KCSL distributes blue ribbons and runs a month-long media campaign.

Safe and Strong – Right from the Start
You can help prevent child abuse and neglect in your community and state. Here’s some suggestions of things you can do to help keep kids safe and strong – right from the start:

Advocate. Help change the way our state and nation thinks about prevention by focusing on community activities and public policies that prioritize prevention right from the start. Contact local, state and national law makers about the importance of prevention programs.

Volunteer. Serve on a committee or board. We all play a role in raising children whether we are neighbors, educators, caregivers or family members.

Educate. Contact local school districts and faith communities about sponsoring classes for parents. Be a mentor to a new parent; share your skills with your neighbors. A healthy, nurturing environment for children is one of the best lifelong investments we can make.

Support. Get to know and support the children and families in your community. With the support of engaged communities and nurturing families, all of our children can thrive. Know the resources available in your community and how to connect families to them. Call the Parent Helpline at 1-800-CHILDREN.

Report. Recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse. If you suspect child abuse and/or neglect, call 1-800-922-5330.
dot Location:  Wichita
Service Areas:  Statewide
Contact:   Pamela Noble 1-877-530-5275
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: 1-877-530-5275
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, Grant and Seward Counties
Contact:   Christie Reed 1-877-530-5275
Online, instructor-led course on strengthening families. Pre-approved for KDHE in-service credit.

KCSL offers eLearning, an online, instructor-led course on Strengthening Families through Positive Connections. eLearning provides unlimited geographic access and is designed to provide continuing education credit hours as well as meet professional licensing requirements. This course is free and available through a partnership with KCCTO, Inc. and Kansas Families and Schools Together, Inc.

To learn more or register for the Strengthening Families through Positive Connections course, click here. (This link will redirect to
dot Location:  Wichita
Service Area:  Statewide
Contact: 1-877-530-5275
Foster/Resource 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:  Statewide
Contact:   Bethany Roberts 1-877-530-5275
Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
State's most comprehensive conference on child abuse and neglect. Hundreds of professionals and volunteers attend this annual training. KCSL serves as lead agency working with co-sponsoring organizations across the state in planning and implementation.

The objectives of the conference include:
  1. To provide information about exemplary models of prevention and intervention services for children and families.
  2. To provide a networking opportunity for Kansans interested in the welfare of children.
  3. To recognize individuals or organizations who have provided outstanding services to children.
  4. To publicize the needs of children and families and the opportunities to meet those needs.
  5. To provide certifiable training opportunities for individuals who work professionally providing services for the benefit of children and families
dot Location:  Varies by year
Service Area:  Statewide
Contact:   Pamela Noble 1-877-530-5275
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 and Wichita Counties
Contact:   Christie Reed 1-877-530-5275
Healthy Families
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 Programs in 18 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.
dot Location: Emporia
Service Area: Lyon, Chase & Greenwood Counties
Contact: Bev Long (620) 340-0408

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

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

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

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

Location: Pittsburg
Service Area: Crawford & 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:  Nicole Booze (316) 942-4261

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

Location: Great Bend
Service Area: Barton County
Contact: Joy Crawford (620) 603-8442
Infant Adoption
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
dot Location:  Topeka
Service Area:  Statewide
Birth Parents:   Amy Boaz 877-581-5437
Adoptive Parents:   Amy Boaz 877-530-5275
Kansas Preschool Program
A state pilot project serving at-risk four-year-olds to promote healthy development and school readiness.

The program, which was first introduced by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, allocates funding to selected counties through the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund.

In addition to the building on Pre-K programs, this grant also requires a research-based curriculum be implemented into the classroom setting, participation in the Kansas Quality Rating System (KQRS) – a quality assurance and improvement process, and participation in a research component conducted by the University of Kansas.
dot Location:  Wichita
Service Area:  Sedgwick County
Contact: Vicky Roper 316 942-4261 ext. 1335
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
Mandated Reporter 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 Location:  Wichita
Service Areas:  Statewide
Contact: 1-877-530-5275
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:   Mia Manfredi 1-877-530-5275

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program: Addresses runaway and homeless youth and safely reuniting them with their families. Crisis intervention to diffuse family conflicts, emergency out of home placement, and identify helpful strategies and resources.

Oasis is a free and voluntary program to families with children ages 10 through 17 who are at-risk for running away or who have already run away from home. The program is offered in Jackson, Jefferson, Shawnee and Wabaunsee Counties and is designed to prevent youth homelessness, out of home placement and to safely reunite children with their families. Crisis intervention services provided are aimed at preventing the youth from running away in the future.
dot Location:  Topeka
Service Area:   Jackson, Jefferson,Shawnee and Wabaunsee Counties
Contact:   Amber Miller 1-866-520-2761
Parent Helpline
Anonymous, statewide, free, information, referral and phone counseling service available anytime, any day to parents, relatives, caregivers and professionals.

The Parent Helpline is an anonymous, statewide, free, information and referral service available anytime, any day to parents, relatives, caregivers and professionals. To call the Parent Helpline, dial 1-800-CHILDREN.
dot Location:  Wichita
Service Area:  Statewide
Contact:   Pam Noble 1-800-CHILDREN
Parents Helping 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 Location:  Wichita
Service Area:  Statewide
Contact:   Clairissa Maddy 1-877-530-5275
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 Location:  Wichita
Service Areas:  Statewide
Contact:  Rachelle Soden 1-877-530-5275
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