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Child Abuse Prevention

Breaking cycles of trauma to help communities thrive

Kansas Children’s Service League serves as the state chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America. In this key role, we work to build awareness, educate, organize activities, and lead advocacy efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect.

mother with two young children

KCSL’s Child Abuse Prevention Programs

Targeted services for families using Crisis Nursery services in Wichita. The goal is to connect them to the resources they need to improve their situation and better parent/child relationships.

As a part of the Healthy Families America™ system, KCSL provides free intensive home-based services and parenting support to pregnant mothers and parents of children ages 0-3 who are overburdened by risk factors. These risk factors include things such as a lack of parenting skills, illness, unemployment, a history of ACEs or family abuse and neglect, and more.

Designed to identify substance-using parents who have children under the age of three for the purpose of connecting them with resources in the community and medical providers. The hope is that by doing so our efforts will aid in the recovery process, prevent child abuse and neglect, encourage self-sufficiency, and foster healthy child development.

KCSL’s Child Abuse Prevention Efforts

KCSL coordinates the effort to bring this evidence-based program to communities across Kansas to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome and educate new parents.

A Center for Disease Control and Prevention program that coordinates a coalition of 30 agencies in the state of Kansas. These agencies work together to develop strategies to promote strong family relationships and healthy environments for Kansas children while mitigating Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

KCSL oversees a coalition of 60 agencies across the states to carry out child abuse prevention initiatives and bring awareness to this issue.

95%

of children served through KCSL intensive services remain safely at home with their parent.

Individuals, professionals, and organizations can prevent childhood abuse and neglect in their communities by getting involved. Here are some key ways YOU can keep Kansas kids safe and strong!

Advocate

You can help the state of Kansas and the nation prioritize child abuse prevention by getting involved with community activities and advocating for local, state, and national policies that support this effort. Consider contacting lawmakers to discuss the importance of child abuse prevention programs and funding.

Volunteer

We all play a role in raising children, whether we are neighbors, educators, caregivers, or family members. Think about serving on a local committee or board that focuses on prevention efforts, or volunteering for a program like KCSL to support kids in your community.

Educate

Providing a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow is one of the best investments we can make. Reach out to your local school district, faith-based communities, and organizations about sponsoring classes for parents in your community. Think about becoming a mentor for new parents, or consider sharing your knowledge on the subject with friends, family, and neighbors.

92%

of KCSL parents increased family functioning.

Support

Children thrive with the support of engaged communities and nurturing families. Familiarize yourself with the resources available in your community then share your knowledge with vulnerable children and families in your area. To learn more about the services in your area, call 1-800-CHILDREN.

Report

Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect. If you suspect abuse or neglect, call 1-800-922-5330.

Questions?

Call (877) 530-5275 for more information.