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As the state chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America, Kansas Children’s Service League coordinates the work of the organization in Kansas to build awareness, provide education, organize activities, and lead advocacy efforts to prevent the abuse and neglect of children.

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 or volunteer for a program. 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 to grow 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 for information on services available where you live.

  • Report: Recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect. If you suspect abuse or neglect call 1-800-922-5330.
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Prevention Efforts

Adverse Childhood Experiences
Recent research in the field of child abuse and neglect prevention focuses on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). ACEs include abuse and neglect as well as other household dysfunctions or circumstances that affect children adversely including substance abuse, parental separation or divorce, mental illness, domestic violence and incarcerated parents. The childhood trauma stemming from early adversity has a profound impact on social connections, school readiness and the increased likelihood of developing negative health behaviors that can lead to disease and early death.
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Bullying Prevention
Bullying is a form of child abuse. To help meet the demand for bullying prevention strategies, KCSL has teamed-up with nationally recognized bullying prevention expert SuEllen Fried (BullySafeUSA) to offer an innovative range of learning opportunities for students, educators, and community members.
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Child Abuse Prevention Trainings
KCSL offers face-to-face trainings for mandated reporter groups and others across the state.
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Child Abuse Prevention Month Campaign
Each April, KCSL organizes and coordinates state and local events, distribution of resources and materials, and a month-long media campaign to raise awareness and promote promising prevention strategies.
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Coalition Coordination
As a leading service provider and voice for children and families, KCSL is a member of numerous community and statewide coalitions.
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Community Resource Library
Free child and family-related information and materials available to organizations, professionals, and parents statewide.
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eLearning (This link will redirect to kccto.org.)
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.
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Essentials for Childhood
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project which involves coordination of a coalition of 50 agencies across the state who collaborate to create safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments to prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences.
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Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
The state’s most comprehensive conference on the issue of child maltreatment. KCSL serves as the lead agency, working with a statewide network of agencies and businesses to plan and sponsor the event.
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Healthy Families
Intensive, in-home parenting support for parents of 0 to 3 year olds overburdened by such risk factors as unemployment, lack of parenting skills and family history of abuse and neglect.
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Parent Helpline
An anonymous, statewide, and free information and referral service available 24/7 to parents, relatives, caregivers, and professionals. To reach the Parent Helpline call 1-800-CHILDREN (1-800-244-5373).
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Parents Helping Parents Support Groups
A statewide network of parent, grandparent, and kinship-care groups facilitated by trained volunteer parent leaders.
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Parent Leadership
Assisting parents and others raising children through development of leadership skills and empowerment through facilitation of support groups, involvement on advisory councils, conference presentations, community cafes, and advocacy activities. For more information contact B.J. Gore at 877-530-5275 ext. 1315.
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Period of PURPLE Crying®
KCSL is responsible for coordination of the statewide implementation of this evidenced-based abusive head trauma prevention program in communities across the state. The National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome offers this program.
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