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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.

Child Abuse Prevention

KCSL’s Child Abuse Prevention Programs

KCSL’s Crisis Nursery offers short-term care services for children in Sedgwick County when parents are experiencing crisis or extreme stress. Crisis Nursery assists 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 that jeopardize the safety and well-being of the child.

KCSL’s Crisis Nursery professionals work directly with parents to ensure child safety in emergency or crisis situations. The case manager will provide pre-screening and follow-up services to parents. These services include information and connection to community resources including food banks, health/wellness checks and family services (employment,
food assistance, child care subsidies).

KCSL is an accredited multi-site system through Healthy Families America®. We use a nationally recognized, evidence-based early childhood home visiting model designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) including maltreatment. Healthy Families Kansas™ embodies an infant mental health approach with the belief that early, nurturing relationships are the foundation for lifelong, healthy development.

KCSL’s Healthy Families Kansas™ program provides free, intensive, home-based services and parenting support to qualifying pregnant mothers and parents of children ages 0-3 with certain risk factors. These risk factors include lack of parenting skills, illness, unemployment, a history of ACEs or family abuse and neglect and more. Home visitation specialists provide coaching for positive parent-child interaction, education on infant and child development and developmental screenings, community resource information and other support services.

Our program serves families in 44 counties statewide. 

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 year old and are currently using or have recently used substances. Early identification and weekly support help prevent child abuse and neglect and improve family functioning.  We aim to help in the recovery process, prevent child abuse and neglect, encourage self-sufficiency, and foster healthy child development.  Our case management services for P-CAP address the child’s needs and any family medical needs along with linking families to resources in the community.

KCSL’s P-CAP serves families in Shawnee County. 

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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


of KCSL parents increased family functioning.


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.


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


Call (877) 530-5275 for more information.