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Mattie Rhodes Center

EXPLORE – Expanding Life-skills and Opportunities in a Recreational Environment

Incorporating the arts, recreation, health promotion, and academics, the EXPLORE program facilitates positive connections among peers and adults. The program provides opportunities for youth to develop life-skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication, and self confidence. The EXPLORE program participants and their families also have access to mental health prevention and intervention services.

Mattie Rhodes Northeast
148 N. Topping
Kansas City, Missouri 64123
816-241-3780
http://www.mattierhodes.org

Salvation Army

In addition to the youth character building programs that are built into the structure of all the Corps Community Centers, such as Sunbeams, Girl Guards, Scouts, Corps Cadets and Junior Soldiers, there are special programs designed to meet the needs of today’s youth. For more information or to participate, please contact the program directly.

After School Community Center
The enrichment program at this community center offers after-school tutoring, basketball, weight room, game room, computer instruction and a quiet place for students to do their homework.

Bellefontaine Corps
3013 E. 9th St.
Kansas City, MO 64124
816-483-8484

After School Care
Students in grades K thru 12, are welcome to attend this program for an incredibly low yearly fee. After School Care at Independence also offers a variety of activities to choose from, including: a computer lab, homework assistance, arts and crafts, music class, bible study, games, sports, girl guards and sunbeams, boys adventure corps and more. Dinner is also available in this program.

Independence Corps
14700 E. Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050
816-252-3200

KEY (Keep Encouraging Youth) Program
This program designed to reach at-risk students from Westport Middle School, meets weekdays after school at the Westport Temple Corps. Activities for both boys and girls include field trips, sports, Bible study, crafts and instruction in a variety of areas, from positive role models. The purpose is to offer these youth productive and fun after-school activities as an alternative to the destructive forces out on the streets.

Westport Temple Corps
500 W. 39th
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-753-7173
http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org

YMCA

The YMCA of Kansas City offers many activities open to teenaged youths in the metropolitan area. In addition to sporting leagues, there are achievement programs and social activities. Contact your local YMCA, YMCA of Greater Kansas City or your local school district for more information.

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
3100 Broadway Street, Suite 1020
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-561-9622
http://www.ymca-kc.org

State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

Hope Program

The Hope Program provides assistance for children birth to age 21 who meet financial and medical eligibility guidelines. This program focuses on early identification of children with special needs; funding for preventive, diagnostic and treatment services; and provision of service coordination activities for families. Service coordination is provided through 13 contracts and by SHCN staff located in regional offices throughout the state.

Participants must meet both medical and financial eligibility guidelines and reside in Missouri.

Limited coverage includes outpatient tests and evaluations and/or up to five days of inpatient diagnostic evaluations. Extended coverage includes all of the above plus inpatient care, surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, prescription medicines, equipment, and supplies.

Special Health Care Needs
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
573-751-6246
1-800-451-0669 toll free
http://www.dhss.mo.gov/SHCN

Sunshine Center

Sunshine Center provides evaluation and assessment services to determine a child’s need for special education, speech therapy, physical therapy or occupational therapy. Evaluations may be completed at our center or in the child’s home.

Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational therapists develop personalized programs to help improve fine motor skills and perceptual motor skills. Occupational Therapy is available for children to the age of 21 years.

Speech and Language Therapy (ST)
Speech and language therapists provide individualized therapy on a regular basis. Special screenings to detect hearing problems are also conducted. Speech and Language Therapy is available for children to 21 years of age.

Physical Therapy (PT)
Individualized programs are developed for children who need assistance with gross motor skills. Physical Therapy is available for children to 21 years of age.

Preschool program
The preschool program provides special education classroom instruction for children from three to five years of age that are developmentally delayed. School districts may also contract for special education services to children.

School Program
Special education classroom instruction is available for children ages five to 21 years of age through their local school district.

Sunshine Center
607 West Lexington Avenue
Independence Missouri 64050
816-833-2088
http://www.sunshinecenter.org

Turning Point

Every year, thousands of people in Kansas City are diagnosed with serious or chronic physical illnesses. Thousands more have been living with illness for years. Chronic illnesses extract a toll on those stricken far beyond the medical symptoms. Such illnesses impact the individual on psychological, emotional, economic, and social levels. Just as important is the impact on the individual’s family. Area hospitals are doing what they can to provide support services to their patients, but in most cases, it is not enough. While the sophistication of the area’s medical care is unsurpassed, there are not sufficient resources in the area to effectively deal with the issues beyond the physical aspects of the disease process. Consequently, this has left huge gaps in support services for patients and their families, often impeding the healing process.

Turning Point provides a gathering place which serves the community to fill in those gaps with its unique mission. It is the only organization in the Kansas City area that provides innovative education and comprehensive support services to enhance the lives of adults and families living with any serious or chronic physical illness. Thanks to the generosity of the community, Turning Point’s meaningful programs are able to be offered free of charge, with donations being appreciated.

Turning Point
8900 State Line Road, Suite 240,
Shawnee Mission, KS 66206-1936
913-383-8700
http://www.turningpointkc.org

Accessible Arts

Accessible Arts, Inc. (AAI) unlocks the arts for children with disabilities and advocates access to the arts. Advocacy, education and collaboration are essential components in accomplishing our objectives. Through the arts, children develop critical thinking skills, take risks in a safe environment and experience successes.

Accessible Arts, Inc.
1100 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
913-281-1133
http://accessiblearts.org

Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired

The mission of the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired is to prepare children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, to function at their highest potential in the sighted world.

The doors are open for any infant to school-age child whose visual impairment is significant enough to adversely affect his or her educational performance. Children and their parents come here to discover a truly unique, positive environment with innovative and stimulating programs customized for each student.

CCVI offers a comprehensive program, including individualized therapy, consulting services and supportive family education. Services are provided beginning in infancy through our home-based Infant Program, and continue on with our Preschool&Kindergarten classes, preparing children for entry into the public or private school systems. Specialized services include braille instruction, orientation and mobility, deafblind services, assistive technology, low vision training, speech, occupational, physical and aquatic therapies and family support. CCVI also provides itinerant and consulting services to area school districts.

Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired
3101 Main Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
816-841-2284
http://www.ccvi.org

Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC)

Center-based preschool programs are provided in an environment where children are involved in play-based learning activities. These activities are designed to center on each child’s individual strengths. In the center-based program a team of professionals work together collaboratively in the classroom to address all of the child’s needs. Children with and without disabilities learn and play together at Children’s TLC.

Children’s TLC provides early intervention for infants and toddlers, early childhood special education, early childhood assessments, physical and occupational therapies, speech and language therapy, aquatic therapy, extended school year, outpatient therapy, social work services, and parent education and support.

Children’s TLC offers a deaf classroom. Children as young as one year of age begin to develop gestures to communicate and can learn sign language and early speech production, depending on the extent of the hearing loss, practice and exposure to the language. Many children receive their first hearing aids or cochlear implants at a young age and parent education is critical for successful use of any device to improve communication. Most children are able to integrate into a center-based classroom at age two.

The classroom on the Children’s TLC classroom concentrates on emerging lanuage ability. The Emerging Language and Literacy Project serves children who are identified as language impaired and who are potentially at-risk for difficulties in literacy development during the school years. The learning emphasis is on the language substructure important for development of reading and writing.

Children’s TLC
3101 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-756-0780
http://www.childrenstlc.org

Communityworks

Communityworks, inc. is a nationally recognized service provider for individuals with disabilities. The staff assists people with disabilities to live, work and play in the community by setting up support systems that gives control back to the consumer. Teams consist of Case Managers, Transitional Living Specialists, Personal Care Attendants and Therapists that work together collectively to best serve consumers in their homes. Communityworks, inc. believes in designing lifetime systems that will continue to work long after professional services are no longer needed.

Overland Park Office
7819 Conser Place
Overland Park, KS 66204
913-789-9900
1-866-429-6757 toll free
http://www.communityworksinc.com

Families Together

Families Together is the Parent Training and Information center serving Kansas families who include a son/daughter with disabilities.

Parent Centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. Parent centers serve families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities: physical, mental, learning, emotional, and attention deficit disorders. They train and inform parents and professionals, help families obtain appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities, work to improve education results for all children, resolve problems between families and schools or other agencies, and connect children with disabilities to community resources that address their needs.

Parent centers are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Each state has at least one parent center.

Kansas City Parent Center
1333 Meadowlark Lane, Suite 103
Kansas, City, Kansas
913-287-1970
1-877-499-5369 toll free
For a parent center near you, consult the website
http://www.familiestogetherinc.org

Joshua Child and Family Development Center

The Joshua Center is a vital resource for both children and adults who are affected by Tourette Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other associated neurological disorders and diseases.

The Joshua Center and the Web site combine to provide custom programs for individuals and families, clinical care, counseling, social skills development, staff development, support groups for affected individual and families, children’s summer camp, full-featured discussion forums, articles, research, terminology definitions, publications, links to relevant resources, and volunteer programs.

Joshua Child and Family Development Center
7611 State Line Road, Suite 142
Kansas City, MO 64114
816-763-7605
http://www.joshuacenter.com

Kansas City Regional Center

The Regional Office is the community-based services delivery agency administered by the Department of Mental Health, Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Our primary mission is to provide, within the limits of available resources, a comprehensive array of services for persons with developmental disabilities living in Bates, Cass, Clay, Lafayette, Jackson, Johnson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri.

Kansas City Regional Center serves as the primary access point to the mental health system and provides assessment services, service coordination, individual habilitation planning, purchase of prescribed services (POS), and client advocacy.

Eligibility for services

  • Developmental disabilities, such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, and certain learning disabilities
  • Conditions must have occurred before age 22, with the expectation that they will continue
  • Persons with these disabilities must be substantially limited in their ability to function independently
  • Live in Bates, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, or Ray counties

Kansas City Regional Office
821 East Admiral Boulevard, P.O. Box 412557
Kansas City, MO 64141
816-889-3400
1-800-454-2331
http://www.dmh.mo.gov/kcrc

Mattie Rhodes Center

Visions with Hope

Visions with Hope 360′ was created to help Latino children with developmental disabilities and their families achieve their own future. It brings hope for children and their families.

A variety of biligual services are provided to help families grow stronger as they help their child develop successfully. Visions with Hope 360′ can help families understand their children’s disability and find the resources they need (jobs, housing, legal assistance, etc.). Families can get support from other Latino families who also have a child with a developmental disability.

Any Latino family who has a child with a developmental disability and who lives in one of the following Missouri counties: Jackson, Platte, Clay, or Cass. The program is free of charge and there is no documentation required.

Mattie Rhodes Center
Visions With Hope 360′
148N Topping Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64124
816-241-3780
http://www.visionswithhope.org

MPACT

MPACT (Missouri Parents ACT) assists parents to effectively advocate for their children’s educational rights and services.

MPACT is a statewide parent training and information center serving all disabilities. Our mission is to ensure that all children with special needs receive an education that allows them to achieve their personal goals.

MPACT staff and volunteers are located throughout Missouri working together with educators and others for children’s education. The dignity of individuals with disabilities is promoted and their right to participate in all aspects of the community.

MPACT serves parents of children with all disabilities and works with public and private agencies, parent groups, professional organizations and advocacy groups.

MPACT provides up-to-date information online, as well as through our toll-free telephone numbers and training sessions throughout the state. You can also locate information through Missouri’s education agency or your local school district.

MPACT
8301 State Line Rd
Suite 204
Kansas City, MO 64114
816-531-7070
1-800-743-7634 toll free
http://www.ptimpact.com

City Union Mission

Families and single women at the Mission’s Family Shelter can enter the four-to-eight month New Life Program that offers rehabilitation to whole families. Members attend Bible study, local churches and have regular counseling sessions. Life Skills courses guide each person toward a healthier lifestyle. Families live in the shelter while parents and children alike stabilize and prepare to move into permanent housing.

Transitional housing is the six to nine month follow-up to the Christian Life and New Life Programs. It helps graduates and their families adjust to independent living. In our transitional living apartments, clients pay a program fee each month, must be employed, can attend school and live as independently as possible in a nominally supervised setting, before moving into their own home.

City Union Mission
1100 E. 11th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
816-474-9380
http://www.cumission.org

Hillcrest Ministries

Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers displaced families a disciplined educational program within a caring Christian environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is immediate or emergency care, Hillcrest’s objective is to move families from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total live situation of the homeless families they serve.

In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, residents are required by written agreement to work full time, obey program guidelines and attend volunteer-taught classes in life skills, employment, community living and budgeting. Hillcrest also provides the following through a network of community support: auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc.

Eastern Jackson County
401 North Spring
PO Box 408
Independence, MO 64051
816-461-0468

Clay County
216 S. Jewell Street
PO Box 17
Liberty, MO 64069
816-781-8988

Platte County
5611 N. Northwood, #2
Kansas City, MO 64151
816-587-9037

Wyandotte County
PO Box 171443
Kansas City, KS 66117
816-838-7443
http://www.hillcresttransitionalhousing.org

Salvation Army

Shelters and Transitional Housing

Linwood Center
Supportive Housing
101 W. Linwood Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-756-2769
Provides up to 24 months of shelter, comprehensive case management and follow-up services for homeless families and women. The program offers individualized action plans that promote goal attainment, leading to an increased self-sufficiency,improved independent living skills and an increased ability to secure and maintain permanent housing.

Access House
101 W. Linwood
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
816-756-2769
This supportive housing project is a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Behavioral Health Network-Homeless Support Project. The program provides safe housing with supportive services to seriously mentally ill homeless adults with the goal of transitioning them into permanent or supportive housing. Instruction on daily living skills,employment training and other counseling/services are designed to help the process be successful and decrease the likelihood of further incidents of homelessness and/or psychiatric hospitalization.

Crossroads Shelter
14704 E. Truman Rd.
Independence, MO. 64051
816-252-3200
This 50 bed shelter is the only one of its kind in Eastern Jackson County and is open to individuals and families 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Residents are allowed up to a 60 day stay in which, they also have the opportunity to take life skills classes and participate in a required support group. Crossroads also offers an outreach program for low income and near homeless individuals and families.

Johnson County Family Lodge
402 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, Kansas 66061
913-829-0578
The only shelter of its kind in Johnson County, this new 44-bed facility offers programming in life skills while the residents work to become independent. Transitional housing,which includes scattered and on-site units, is also offered to residents from the shelter as a long term housing option.

Virgina Harding Center for Homeless Services
Harbor Light Village
6723 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
913-232-5400
This facility, which opened in early 2008, is a 16 bed emergency facility to accommodate families and single women in need of shelter. It features a child’s play therapy room and an out-patient counseling center for those with addiction issues. As an extension of its homeless services, The Salvation Army also operates a transitional living program which can accommodate individuals and families for up to two years. Harbor Light Village also features a transitional living facility for homeless veterans dealing with addiction issues.

Northland Family Shelter
5935 N.W. Bell Rd.
Parkville, MO
816)-587-4224
The only shelter of its kind in the Northland, this new facility accepted its first residents in August, 2005. It can accommodate 30 women and families at one time and expects to fill an immediate need in the area. In addition to shelter, residents are provided case management to assist in identifying solutions to problems that contributed to their homelessness as well as, assistance in securing more permanent residence.
http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc_kan.nsf/

Steppingstone

Steppingstone serves young men and women, ages 16 to 21, who are homeless or at-risk, who need a place to live.

Steppingstone provides support and education to these young people while they become self-reliant, productive members of the community. This unique program provides a continuum of care and supervision to young adults as they progress from living in group care to living in the community.

Steppingstone provides a safe place to live, educational assistance, life skills training, job placement coaching assistance, medical care, individual therapy, and case management.

Steppingstone
5100 Noland Road
Kansas City, Mo 64133
816-356-0187
http://www.steppingstonekc.org/

Synergy Services

SafeHaven of Clay County
Shelter for Women and their Children.
Domestic violence shelters provide safety and sanctuary to battered women and their children. Residents are provided with food, personal care products, access to public transportation as well as assistance from Synergy’s community education programs such as Court Services, and the EXCEL employment skills program. Individual, group counseling and education are required for the residents of SafeHaven. School aged children attend public school. The program includes recreational opportunities, parent education, and peer support.

Domestic Violence Hotline:
1-800-491-1114 or in the Metro Kansas City Area 816-452-8535.

Children’s Center
The Children’s Center is an emergency placement shelter which provides a safe, therapeutic environment. Children who are in the state’s custody may come into the program through the Children’s Division. This is typically a 30 day stay until the child’s Caseworker finds a more permanent placement. Parents/Guardians may also bring their children into the program through Crisis Care. This may include but is not limited to homelessness, domestic violence, incarceration, or unexpected hospitalization. Theraplay and referrals for other services are provided for the children and their families.

Children’s Center Crisis Line
1-800-392-3738 or 816-452-8535

Synergy House
Located in Platte County, Synergy House provides short-term emergency shelter for youth in crisis, including homeless, runaway, abused and neglected youth ages 12 to 18. Synergy House youth participate in individual and group counseling, center-based schooling, recreational activities and vocational education utilizing Synergy’s own EXCEL program. Family counseling is also provided when appropriate.

Transitional Living Program
Synergy’s Transitional Living Program provides an independent living environment, individualized skills assessment and training, as well as support services for homeless youth age 16 to 21. The main goal of the Transitional Living Program is to support youth in achieving self-sufficiency and realization of personal goals.

24-Hour Youth Crisis Hotline:
816-741-8700 or 888-233-1639 (toll free)

Synergy Services
400 East 6th Street
Parkville, MO 64152
http://www.synergyservices.org

Car Safety Seat Guide

The American Academy of Pediatrics has published a list of carseats, manufacturers, and pricing information, available on the website
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/csr2001/csrhtml/index.html

Car Seat Inspection Sites

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has identified places where car seats may be checked to assure correct installation.
http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cps/cpsfitting/index.cfm

Child Passenger Safety Laws

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/outreach/stateleg/childpass.htm

Children’s Mercy Hospital Car Seat Program

Nearly 80% of child safety seats are incorrectly installed, leading to thousands of preventable injuries each year. The best seat for your child is one that fits the child and fits the car and one that the child rides in each and every time.

The Car Seat Program Information
On-site child safety inspections by appointment Monday and Tuesday afternoons

  • Parent’s/Caregivers may call the Nurse Information Line 816-234-3700 and the staff will make an appointment.
  • Parents/caregivers may e-mail Phyllis Larimore plarimore@cmh.edufor an ‘off-site’ inspection (satellite clinic location).

Families need to bring child, child safety seat, and manufacture instructions for car seat and vehicle. They should park in the Garage, come to the reception desk and request that Phyllis Larimore, Beeper number 816-821-8099 be notified of their arrival. The inspection will include a safety check of the child safety seat: ‘recall’ status; review of its crash history, missing or broken parts, date of manufacture and the ‘fit’ of the child.

Car Seat Program, Children’s Mercy Hospital
Phyllis Larimore, program coordinator
2401 Gillham Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-234-1607
plarimore@cmh.edu
http://www.childrensmercy.org/Content/view.aspx?id=2491

One Minute Safety Seat Checklist

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/people/injury/childps/safetycheck/minuteChecklist/index.htm

Safety Seat Recall List

http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/recalls/childseat.cfm

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities provides services to women of all ages who are faced with an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. Women wishing to discuss their pregnancy and future plans are welcome to visit with a case manager in a caring, compassionate and confidential environment. Services are provided free of charge and may include

  • Case management
  • Emergency assistance
  • Parenting education
  • Medical planning and referral
  • Legal planning and referral
  • Professional counseling

If a woman chooses an adoption plan she has the option of selecting the adoptive family for her child. She also has the choice of an open or closed adoption.

Catholic Charities also works with

  • The child’s father – to assist with understanding and making decisions relating to his child
  • The families – who may be trying to resolve conflicting feelings about the pregnancy and are looking for ways to help
  • The child – whether the birth mother decides to parent the child or choose adoption, Catholic Charities will be involved for as long as is needed.

Catholic Charities serves persons of all faiths and income levels.

Catholic Charities
Kansas City Office
850 Main St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-221-4377 ext. 345
800-875-4377
http://www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org

Christian Family Services of Kansas City

Christian Family Services is located in Overland Park, Kansas (the Kansas City Metro area).

CFS is focused on helping intervene in crisis-pregnancy situations by helping the birth mother with counseling and options other than pregnancy termination.

Christian Family Services (CFS)
10500 Barkley, Ste. 216
Overland Park, KS 66212
913-383-3337
http://www.cfskc.org

Project EAGLE

Project HOPE

Project HOPE provides coordination of comprehensive family support services including early childhood education and parenting education; family planning; family and personal counseling; child care; employment and career development; education; transportation; and health and dental care. Family Support Advocates visit teens in their home. Goals are developed based on the family needs and wants. Family Support Advocates are available to guide and support each family.

Teen parents who are eligible to participate in Project HOPE

  • Under 21 years of age.
  • Pregnant with the first child or a parent of one child.
  • Medicaid or HealthWave eligible.
  • A resident of Wyandotte County.

Project EAGLE Community Programs
Tower II, Suite 900
400 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS. 66101
913-281-2648
http://www.projecteagle.org

Birthright

Birthright provides caring, non-judgmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Using its own resources and those of the community, Birthright offers positive and loving alternatives. Birthright presents many services and refers for many more. Birthright provides friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy testing, and maternity and baby clothes. Information and referrals to help clients meet legal, medical, financial, and housing needs are also provided. Birthright treats each woman as an individual who deserves kindness and respect, as well as personal attention to her unique situation. All Birthright services are free, absolutely confidential, and available to any woman regardless of age, race, creed, economic or marital status.

Birthright, Kansas City
6309 Walnut
Kansas City, MO 64113
816-444-7090
http://www.birthright.org

Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Clinic

Family Health Care has provided comprehensive health care to our patients in the Rosedale, Argentine or Armourdale neighborhoods.

Family Health Care is a safety net clinic providing health care and supportive services with an emphasis on continuity of medical services and on caring for pregnant women, chronic diseases such as HIV, Hep C, Diabetes, dental, minor emergencies, and preventative care for those living in the neighborhood.

Family Health Care is a non-profit safety net clinic with services provided on a sliding scale for those who do not have insurance.

Family Health Care
340 SW Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66103
913-722-3100
http://swboulevardfamilyhealthcare.org

Swope Health Services

Swope Health Services provides many medical services, including adult medicine, dental services, OB/GYN, optometry, pediatrics, and mental health. Ancillary services include a pharmacy, laboratory, an optical shop and radiology.

Swope Health Services
3801 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130
816-922-7645
www.swopehealth.org

Turner House Clinic

Turner House Children’s Clinic has been dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare in a culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate manner to the medically uninsured and underserved children of Kansas City, Kansas, and its surrounding communities.

Turner House Children’s Clinic provides primary healthcare and health counseling services. These services include

  • Regular well-baby and well-child examinations
  • Non-emergency acute and chronic care
  • Community health education and outreach
  • Hearing and vision screenings
  • Immunizations
  • Laboratory testing
  • Over-the-counter and prescription medications
  • Referrals to medical specialists
  • Assistance with Medicaid applications

Turner House Children’s Clinic
21 North 12th Street, Suite 300
Kansas City, KS 66102
913-342-2552
http://www.thcckc.org

Wyandotte County Health Department

Wyandotte County Health Department provides the following services

  • KAN Be Healthy Screenings
  • School Entry Assessments
  • Sports Physicals
  • Health Assessments for Day Care
  • Health Assessments for Head Start
  • Well Child Assessments
  • Limited care available for non-emergency illnesses

Physical assessments may include: growth measurements, developmental screening, physical exams and laboratory testing at age-appropriate times as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

  • Age-appropriate immunizations
  • Age-appropriate counseling of common childhood concerns (nutrition, toilet habits, discipline, dental and safety concerns)

Public Health Department
619 Ann Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-321-4803
http://www.wycokck.org/dept.aspx?id=488&menu_id=958

Cabot Westside Health Center

Cabot Westside Health Center provides quality, culturally sensitive, bilingual, primary health and educational services to Hispanics, residents of the Westside and the greater Kansas City area, regardless of their ability to pay. Cabot Clinic offers services in adult medicine, chronic disease, dentistry, mental health, pediatrics, pregnancy, and WIC.

Cabot Westside Health Center
2121 Summit St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-471-0900

http://www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/slhs/Locations/Cabot_Westside_Health_Center/(PF)Overview.htm

Children’s Mercy Hospital Pediatric Care Center

The General Pediatrics staff treats children ages 12 and under. Specialized services for older patients are available through the Children’s Mercy Adolescent Clinic. The General Pediatrics staff works closely with other providers to maintain a continuum of care. The staff attends on the inpatient service of the hospital in addition to their clinic presence.

Pediatric medical expertise at Children’s Mercy ranges from primary care to the complete array of 37 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties. When providers work together in multidisciplinary clinics, the unique expertise at a children’s hospital expands exponentially.

Children’s Mercy pediatricians focus on assisting underserved patients. However, consultations are available for children who belong to most area health plans.

Staff is available 24 hours per day through the Call Center, (816) 234-3700.

Pediatric Care Center
Children’s Mercy Clinics, 2nd Floor
2401 Gillham Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 234-3080
(816) 234-3188
http://www.childrensmercy.org/Content/view.aspx?id=134

Children’s Mercy Hospital Teen Clinic

Adolescent Medicine provides cost-effective primary and specialty care for youth ages 12 to 21, emphasizing wellness and prevention. The staff, including specialists double board-certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine, diagnose and treat a wide range of mental and physical conditions and provide preventive services that address high-risk behaviors. A full-time social worker, exclusively dedicated to the adolescent population, provides overall case management and helps teens and families access community resources.

Services include adolescent gynecology, alcohol and other drug use evaluations, pap/pelvic exams, annual physical exams, birth control, colposcopy, school and family issue consultation, counseling, cryosurgery, adolescent wellness education, family planning, immunizations, menstrual suppression,nutritional counseling, pregnancy testing, sports physicals, and urgent care.

Children’s Mercy Hospital Teen Clinic
4605 Paseo
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-234-3050
1-888-820-3050 toll free
http://www.childrensmercy.org/content/view.aspx?id=110

Duchesne Clinic

Duchesne provides quality primary healthcare to the uninsured poor of Wyandotte County but does not accept Medicaid or Medicare patients.

Duchesne Clinic
636 Tauromee Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-321-2626

Jackson County Health Department

The Jackson County Health Department offers childhood immunizations, well-child care, lead testing, and day care screening. The Jackson County Health Departmet operates many outreach clinics for both childhood immunizations and well-child care.

For outreach locations, please contact the Jackson County Health Department, or visit the website.

Jackson County Health Department Main Office
313 S. Liberty
Independence, MO 64050
816.404-6415
http://www.jacohd.org/

JayDoc Free Health Clinic

JayDoc is a an official member of the Safety Net Clinic Coalition of Wyandotte County and plays an important role as the only clinic in Kansas City that provides free health care services without the need for an appointment during evening hours.

JayDoc is staffed by volunteer physicians and residents who, assisted by first through fourth year medical students, treat approximately 6-8 patients each during the hours of 5:00 to 9:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday nights.

JayDoc provides urgent and preventive care services. Through the efforts of student volunteers in Social Services, JayDoc also equips patients with referrals to other Safety Net Clinics so they can find a medical home for ongoing health care.

JayDoc Free Health Clinic
340 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66103
913-709-3228
http://www.jaydocfreeclinic.org

Kansas City Free Health Clinic

The purpose of Kansas City Free Health Clinic is to promote health and wellness by providing quality services, at no charge, to people without access to basic care.

The Clinic provides comprehensive primary care services to the uninsured and underinsured. Primary care includes diagnosis, treatment, medications, follow-up care and laboratory tests. The conditions most commonly treated are hypertension, diabetes, respiratory infections, sinusitis, sore throats, skin rashes, etc.

In addition to primary care services, the Clinic also provides HIV testing and treatment, dental services, and mental health services.

For appointments, call
816-753-5144

Midtown
3515 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111

Eastside
5119 E. 24th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127
http://www.kcfree.org

Kansas City Missouri Health Department

All childhood immunizations are free of charge, and are given on a walk-in clinic schedule. A copy of child’s previous shot record and the child’s social security number are needed at the time of visit. TB skin tests are available on a walk-in basis.

Contact the office for hours of operation.

City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department
2400 Troost Ave., Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-513-6108
http://www.kcmo.org/health.nsf/web/home

KC CareLink

KC CareLink was established in 2001 as a collaborative project of Kansas City healthcare safety-net providers. Together they have developed a shared electronic information network that connects participating organizations to a central database where authorized users can access KC CareLink medical applications using a web browser to share a uniform set of individual patient information (name, contact information, insurance, medical record number, etc.). KC CareLink provides a 24 / 7 resource to safety net clinics, hospitals and health departments in our bi-state metropolitan region.
http://www.kccarelink.org

LINC

School Based Health Clinic
Health care resources (physicians, clinics and hospitals) often are not located where many families live. LINC responded by forming partnerships with health care providers; these collaborations established neighborhood health clinics funded in part by Caring Communities and located within Caring Communities school sites.

MC+ for Kids Outreach
LINC?s outreach efforts have increased health insurance coverage for many children and families under the federal Children?s Health Insurance Program, known in Missouri as MC+ for Kids.

Healthy Classrooms Initiative
The Healthy Classrooms Initiative enables school children to evaluate their own health knowledge and health behavior through a web-based pre-learning and post-learning classroom activity that produces a health knowledge index and health behavior tally.

Dental Clinics
Caring Communities-supported dental clinics serve not only children at McCoy Elementary School and in the Independence School District, but the families of the surrounding neighborhoods as well.

Local Investment Commission (LINC)
3100 Broadway
Suite 1100
Kansas City, Mo. 64111
816-889-5050
http://www.kclinc.org

Operation Breakthrough

Children’s Mercy Clinic
A nurse practitioner and other health care professionals diagnose and treat children, perform well-child checkups and developmental screenings and offer health education for parents in an on-site clinic, operated in partnership with Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Immunizations
The Kansas City Health Department conducts blood screening and twice-monthly immunization clinics at Operation Breakthrough, which has resulted in a near 100% immunization rate at our center.

Dental clinic
Volunteer dental professionals offer free cleanings, x-rays and corrective care for children in our on-site, full-service dental clinic.

Operation Breakthrough
3039 Troost
Kansas City MO 64109
816-756-3511
http://www.operationbreakthrough.org

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center provides comprehensive outpatient primary care services consisting of adult medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, OB/GYN, women’s health, dentistry, and behavioral health. Ancillary services include laboratory and radiology, and pharmacy, while enabling services include interpreters, and patient transportation. Also offered is a full range of outreach and social services, including education and screening for breast and cervical cancer, counseling and treatment for drug abuse, outreach and case management for pregnant women, and WIC. Services are charged on a sliding fee scale, based on a patient’s ability to pay with consideration for family size and income.

Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center
825 Euclid
Kansas City, MO 64124
816-474-4920
www.rodgershealth.org

Child Abuse Prevention Association

As part of its first phase of child abuse prevention, education, CAPA promotes effective parenting through its parenting classes.

Love and Logic is a 7-week parenting class intended to help adults improve their parenting skills and confidence. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes and logic allows them to live with the consequences of their actions.

Child Abuse Prevention Association
503 E. 23rd Street
Independence, M0 64055
816-252-8388
http://www.childabuseprevention.org

El Centro, Inc.

El Centro offers bilingual parenting classes. These classes are aimed to answer parenting questions and help parents learn effective techniques to guide their children through life.

El Centro, Inc. Argentine
1333 27 S. 27th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66106
913-281-1186
http://www.elcentroinc.com

Family Friends

The Family Friends Grandparents and Relative Caregivers program was created to empower grandparents and relatives to help themselves improve the quality of their lives and those of the children they care for. We provide group support, guidance and education by trained grandparents, one-on-one support by trained grandparents and professionals by telephone or in their home, links to community resources, access to programs for children and youth for support and guidance as they cope with life changes, opportunities to learn more about legal rights, parenting a new generation of youth, substance abuse, caring for emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Our newest contribution is, providing clothing for grandparents and grandchildren through our clothes closet.

Children’s Mercy Hospital
2401 Gillham Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Gillis

Gillis is been dedicated to serving the needs of children and families of Kansas City. Gillis’ current focus of assisting troubled children and their families to become healthy and self-sufficient, remaining steadfast to their original mission of helping the ‘needy and distressed’ of Kansas City. Gillis is also committed to serving the needs of children and families in the future.

In several different programs, professionals with specialized training work with families in their homes. They help to avoid the separation of children from the family, to successfully transition children in out-of-home care back home and to help individuals of all ages with mental illness avoid hospitalization or achieve stability back in the community.

Main Campus
8150 Wornall Road,
Kansas City, MO 64114
816-508-3500
http://www.gillis.org

LINC

Families and School Together
FAST is an eight-week, early intervention/prevention program in which families participate in a multi-family group that works through structured encounters to strengthen family relationships and build social networks in the community.

Fathering Project
LINC partners with the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering, the Urban Father-Child Project, and Jackson County Fathering Court to provide fathering programs at LINC Caring Communities sites throughout the Kansas City area.

Effective Black Parenting
Effective Black Parenting is the first skill-building program to respect and honor the unique history and traditions of people of African descent.

Local Investment Commission (LINC)
3100 Broadway
Suite 1100
Kansas City, Mo. 64111
816-889-5050
http://www.kclinc.org

Mattie Rhodes Center

Vida en Balance (“Life in Balance”)
A variety of family support and education groups meet weekly at our Northeast location. Classes promote healthy behaviors by incorporating Hispanic traditions and values and recognizing the importance of the family unit.

Four different educational modules are offered:

  • Family Development focuses on enhancement of marital and family relationships through improved communication and understanding between partners, parents and children.
  • Padres Activos (Active Parenting) provides guidance to single parents and couples on childhood developmental stages and positive disciplinary methods.
  • Healthy Households covers nutrition, buying and preparing healthy meals, hygiene, self-care, healthy lifestyles, and budgeting family income.
  • Navigating a New Life helps participants understand U.S. laws, access community resources and healthcare, complete applications, and address cultural adjustment issues.

Mattie Rhodes Center
1740 Jefferson Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
816-471-2536
http://www.mattierhodes.org

Operation Breakthrough

Family Nurturing Program
Through its parent education program, Operation Breakthrough offers classes on topics in child development and household management and support groups to help parents cope with the challenges of child-rearing. Operation Breakthrough also has four family advocates on staff who work one-on-one with parents to create the best possible environment for their children’s healthy development.

Parents as Teachers Program
The Parents as Teachers (PAT) program provides child development information and parenting support to parents/caregivers of children from birth to 36 months at Operation Breakthrough. The teachers in classrooms for this age group have been trained and certified as Parent Educators through PAT and complete monthly visits with parents at Operation Breakthrough to discuss their children’s developmental progress and goals. They share what the child is learning and doing in the classroom as well as give information about developmental and health screens completed on the child. PAT also offers monthly group meetings where parents/caregivers can share information, develop relationships and learn about child development.

Operation Breakthrough
3039 Troost
Kansas City MO 64109
816-756-3511
http://www.operationbreakthrough.org

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5.

Parents are supported by PAT-certified parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child’s language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.

Parents as Teachers also offers

  • Personal visits during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
  • Parent group meetings which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
  • Screenings to assess your child’s overall development as well as health, hearing and vision.
  • Resource network that links your family to other community services.

To find a program near you, contact the National Center at 1-866-PAT4YOU (1-866-728-4968) or on the website
http://www.parentsasteachers.org

Project EAGLE

Project HOPE

Project HOPE is committed to helping teen parents enhance their parenting knowledge and skills, complete their educational goals, and achieve self-sufficiency. The program accomplishes this through a multigenerational approach and in partnership with existing community agencies and systems. Participation in the program is voluntary. Services continue until the mother achieves self-sufficiency or reaches age 21.

Project HOPE provides coordination of comprehensive family support services including early childhood education and parenting education; family planning; family and personal counseling; child care; employment and career development; education; transportation; and health and dental care. Family Support Advocates visit teens in their home. Goals are developed based on the family needs and wants. Family Support Advocates are available to guide and support each family.

Project EAGLE Community Programs
Tower II, Suite 900
400 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS. 66101
913-281-2648
http://www.projecteagle.org

Stand Up Parenting

Stand Up Parenting is a community resource that offers parents education, mutual support, alternative strategies, and practical solutions to family problems. StandUp Parenting incorporates and builds on the basic philosophical thread that runs through virtually all of the parenting books, programs, workshops, and seminars that have as their ultimate goal the rearing of responsible, self disciplined adults.

StandUp Parenting begins with an assessment of the behaviors in our children that need confronting, followed by an inventory of the strengths we see in our children as well as an evaluation of our current parenting practices. During the process, a parent will realize their influence on a child’s strengths as well as their unwanted behaviors and attitudes.

With input from parents in the group, a plan is made based on both strengths and weaknesses and resolve to follow through with the support of a fellow member. Progress toward desired changes is noted each week and new plans are made. In addition, an educational component is included in each meeting, as well.

Liberty
1001 Sunset Ave
Liberty, MO 64068
816-781-4554
1-888-PARENT-9 toll free

Lenexa
Holy Trinity Catholic Church
9145 Pflumm Road
Lenexa, KS 66215
913-492-1200
1-888-PARENT-9 Ext 714 toll free

Olathe
Johnson County Community Corrections Office
135 S Kansas Ave
Olathe, KS 66061
913-492-1200
1-888-PARENT-9 Ext 714 toll free

Overland Park
Unity Church Basement
103rd&Antioch
Overland Park, KS 66212
913-492-1200
1-888-PARENT-9 Ext 714 toll free

Overland Park
Crossroads Church
106th&Quivira
Overland Park, KS 66215
913-492-1200
1-888-PARENT-9 Ext 714 toll free
http://www.standupp.org

The Children’s Place

The Parenting Support Services program at The Children’s Place recognizes the challenge of successfully parenting a child in today’s world. Working with biological, foster and adoptive parents, staff of the Parenting Support Services program help to support parents in raising healthy and happy children despite difficult circumstances.

Services provided by the Partenting Support Services program include

  • Parent Education Classes
  • In-home Parenting Support
  • Foster and Adoptive Parent Services

The Childrens Place
2 East 59th Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
(816) 363-1898
http://www.tcpkc.org

The Family Conservancy

Parenting has oftentimes been described as exciting and extraordinary, but no one ever said rearing children was easy. Parenting courses are designed to address the important issues and challenges of parenting. See how developing your skills can make a difference in your growing relationship with your child. Parenting courses may create a stronger bond between parents children, with fewer behavior problems.

The Family Conservancy also offers web-based resources on behavior and development, located on their website, below. This information was developed by early education and mental health experts at The Family Conservancy from a variety of evidence-based resources.

The Family Conservancy
626 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-342-1110
http://thefamilyconservancy.org

Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners

Owned by Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Children’s Mercy Family Health Partners is a non-profit organization and the only provider-owned Medicaid managed care organization in Kansas or Missouri. Low-cost or no-cost health care coverage is provided through contracts with the State of Missouri MO HealthNet program and the State of Kansas HealthWave program.

Customer Service is live and local. If you would like to find out more about Family Health Partners, call Monday – Thursday 7am to 6pm and Friday 7am to 5pm.

Missouri residents call 1-800-347-9363.
Kansas residents call 1-877-347-9363.
http://www.fhp.org

HealthNet (Missouri)

MO HealthNet for Kids, part of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), is a health insurance program for uninsured children of low-income families who do not have access to affordable health insurance. Uninsured children, ages birth to 19, whose gross family income is up to 300% of the federal poverty level are eligible.

Children will receive all medically-necessary services including: primary, acute and preventive care; hospital care; sports physicals; physical, occupational and speech therapy; dental; home and community-based services such as nursing and personal care; medical equipment and supplies; pharmacy; vision care; lab and x-ray; and behavioral services such as outpatient counseling and inpatient psychiatric treatment.

Based on income, some participants will be required to pay monthly premiums. Families will pay no more than 5% of their annual income for premiums in a year. If out-of pocket expenses reach the 5% limit, the family will not have to pay the premium for the rest of the year.

HealthNet Customer Service asks that you contact them via their toll free number or website.
1-888-275-5908 toll free
http://www.dss.mo.gov/mhk

Healthwave (Kansas)

HealthWave 21 is part of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) created for uninsured children ages 0 – 19 living in households with income levels at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

HealthWave provides a one-page application allowing families with children the opportunity to apply and see which program they may qualify for; HealthWave 21 or HealthWave 19 (Medicaid). The application process is easy and there is no cost to apply. The HealthWave Clearinghouse provides a toll-free Customer Service Center to answer questions and provide assistance with the application.

HealthWave Customer Service
P.O. Box 3599
Topeka, KS 66601
1-800-792-4884

To print an application, click on the web link below.
http://www.kansashealthwave.org

Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues. It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income. In addition, it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

You must meet the above conditions to qualify. More detailed information and application materials are available at the website.

Social Security
6320 Euclid
Kansas City, MO 64132
1-800-772-1213
1-800-325-0778 TTY
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi/

Literacy KC

Approximately 250,000 adults in the Kansas City metropolitan area function at the lowest literacy level and are considered functionally illiterate.

Literacy KC strives to end illiteracy in th Kansas City Metropolitan area by offering one-on-one literacy mentorships.

Students must be older than 16 years of age. They meet privately with their tutors at a mutually agreed-upon time, twice a week for 90-minute tutoring sessions.

Tutoring is provided at no charge. Students are asked at enrollment if they can pay the annual membership fee of $40. If not, the membership fee is waived.

There are 3 easy steps to enroll. First, the student calls 816-333-9332 for a confidential phone interview and to make an appointment. Next, the student visits Literacy Kansas City for an informal placement assessment. Finally, the student is assigned to a volunteer tutor, usually within 3 to 6 weeks.

Literacy Kansas City
211 W. Armour Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-333-9332
http://www.literacykc.org

Legal Aid of Western Missouri

Domestic Violence/Family Law
Through its family law practice, LAWMo makes it a priority to provide assistance to those trying to escape an abusive relationship.
One other program, the Pro Se Divorce Clinic, teaches those seeking a dissolution of marriage how to proceed on their own without an attorney. The clinic is held regularly at LAWMo’s Kansas City and Joplin offices. Monthly classes are also offered in the Clay County area.

Housing
LAWMo staff assist clients with such housing problems as lock-outs, utility shutoffs, illegal evictions, foreclosures, landlord-tenant disputes, habitability issues and housing discrimination. Clients are also assisted in enforcing their rights to safe and sanitary public and subsidized housing. ive.

AIDS Legal Assistance
LAWMo attorneys who practice in every substantive area of poverty law are handling cases involving AIDS and positive HIV diagnoses. There is no “typical” client of this project, but all have been diagnosed as HIV positive or having AIDS and are in need of legal assistance as a result of thes life-changing diagnoses. The program assists people who have been denied access to housing or who have been threatened with possible eviction because they have AIDS; those who have been terminated from jobs because they are suspected of having AIDS or are associated with a high risk group; and those who have been denied insurance coverage because of claims, among others, that the AIDS/HIV diagnosis was a pre-existing condition. The project also provides legal assistance with durable powers of attorney, simple wills and health care directives.

Consumer Law
Hundreds of clients seek LAWMo’s assistance each year with consumer-related problems. These cases include deceptive business practices, faulty home repairs, disputes with creditors, automobile purchases and repair problems, and bankruptcy.

Immigration Law
Staff assist individuals and their families with immigration problems including gaining legal status, temporary and permanent resident status, and US citizenship. In addition, the project provides counsel for those facing deportation and seeking work permits.

Municipal Court Defense Unit
Funded by a contract with the City of Kansas City, a LAWMo staff of seven full-time attorneys and one part-time attorney provide representation to indigents charged with jailable offenses in the City’s Municipal Courts. Over 6,000 individual cases are handled by these attorneys each year so that every person facing a serious charge is assured constitutionally mandated legal representation.

Volunteer Attorney Project
To help maintain a high quality legal services delivery program, LAWMo, in cooperation with bar associations in western Missouri, established the Volunteer Attorney Project (VAP) in 1982. Through this program, attorneys in private practice volunteer to accept case referrals from LAWMo on a no fee or pro bono basis. In addition to handling individual cases, volunteers also provide assistance through Project Consent, a program that helps non-parental caregivers of minor children obtain power of attorney or legal guardianship so that health care can be provided through Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Central Office
1125 Grand Blvd., #1900
Kansas City, MO 64106
816-474-6750
http://www.lawmo.org

Don Bosco Center

English as a Second Language is offered through a partnership with Don Bosco Center and Penn Valley Community College. Students are tested at registration to determine their level of proficiency, and then enrolled into an appropriate class. The curriculum is designed to not only teach the language, but also aspects of American daily life, culture and traditions.

Don Bosco ESL Center
526 Campbell
Kansas City, MO 64106
816-691-2832
http://www.donbosco.org

El Centro, Inc.

Adult Education assists students to value a life-time of learning by helping them acquire their General Equivalency Degree (GED) in Spanish. Multi-level English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction improves the proficiency of non-native speakers and ensures they participate fully in the democratic process. Citizenship Preparation Classes include a review of questions for the exam and discussion about U.S. history, government, and politics.

El Centro, Inc. Argentine
1333 27 S. 27th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66106
913-281-1186
http://www.elcentroinc.com

Jewish Vocational Service

Services for new refugees includes transitional cash assistance, health benefits, and a wide variety of social services, funded through the US Office of Refugee Resettlement Grants. The primary focus is employment services such as job training, job development, orientation to the workplace and job counseling. To further assist in family adjustment to the US, additional services are offered such as family strengthening, youth and elderly services, adjustment counseling, and mental health services.

Jewish Vocational Service
1608 Baltimore
Kansas City, Mo 64108
(816) 471-2808
www.jvskc.org

El Centro, Inc.

NeighborWorks’ HomeOwnershipCenter
A one-stop shop for homeownership. Learn all you need to know about the home-buying process through classes offered in Spanish and English. Meet one-on-one with a counselor to review your credit, find a loan that’s right for you and close on the home of your dreams.

Asset Development
Instruction and individual counseling on credit and financial issues increases financial literacy by providing consumers with life-long money management skills. Programs include Individual Development Accounts, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) application, and Volunteer Individual Tax Assistance Sites (VITA) during tax season for qualified individuals.

Administration Center and Home Ownership Center
650 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
913-677-0100
http://www.elcentroinc.com

Hillcrest Ministries

Hillcrest Transitional Housing offers displaced families a disciplined educational program within a caring Christian environment. Unlike many organizations whose focus is immediate or emergency care, Hillcrest’s objective is to move families from homelessness to self-sufficiency within 90 days by addressing the total live situation of the homeless families they serve.

In exchange for rent/utility-free housing, residents are required by written agreement to work full time, obey program guidelines and attend volunteer-taught classes in life skills, employment, community living and budgeting. Hillcrest also provides the following through a network of community support: auto repair/donation, food pantry, medical assistance, dental work, GED classes, haircuts, glasses, school clothes, work uniforms, etc.

Eastern Jackson County
401 North Spring
PO Box 408
Independence, MO 64051
816-461-0468

Clay County
216 S. Jewell Street
PO Box 17
Liberty, MO 64069
816-781-8988

Platte County
5611 N. Northwood, #2
Kansas City, MO 64151
816-587-9037

Wyandotte County
PO Box 171443
Kansas City, KS 66117
816-838-7443
http://www.hillcresttransitionalhousing.org

Salvation Army

Shelters and Transitional Housing

Linwood Center
Supportive Housing
101 W. Linwood Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-756-2769
Provides up to 24 months of shelter, comprehensive case management and follow-up services for homeless families and women. The program offers individualized action plans that promote goal attainment, leading to an increased self-sufficiency,improved independent living skills and an increased ability to secure and maintain permanent housing.

Access House
101 W. Linwood
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
816-756-2769
This supportive housing project is a partnership between The Salvation Army and the Behavioral Health Network-Homeless Support Project. The program provides safe housing with supportive services to seriously mentally ill homeless adults with the goal of transitioning them into permanent or supportive housing. Instruction on daily living skills,employment training and other counseling/services are designed to help the process be successful and decrease the likelihood of further incidents of homelessness and/or psychiatric hospitalization.

Crossroads Shelter
14704 E. Truman Rd.
Independence, MO. 64051
816-252-3200
This 50 bed shelter is the only one of its kind in Eastern Jackson County and is open to individuals and families 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Residents are allowed up to a 60 day stay in which, they also have the opportunity to take life skills classes and participate in a required support group. Crossroads also offers an outreach program for low income and near homeless individuals and families.

Johnson County Family Lodge
402 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, Kansas 66061
913-829-0578
The only shelter of its kind in Johnson County, this new 44-bed facility offers programming in life skills while the residents work to become independent. Transitional housing,which includes scattered and on-site units, is also offered to residents from the shelter as a long term housing option.

Virgina Harding Center for Homeless Services
Harbor Light Village
6723 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66102
913-232-5400
This facility, which opened in early 2008, is a 16 bed emergency facility to accommodate families and single women in need of shelter. It features a child’s play therapy room and an out-patient counseling center for those with addiction issues. As an extension of its homeless services, The Salvation Army also operates a transitional living program which can accommodate individuals and families for up to two years. Harbor Light Village also features a transitional living facility for homeless veterans dealing with addiction issues.

Northland Family Shelter
5935 N.W. Bell Rd.
Parkville, MO
816)-587-4224
The only shelter of its kind in the Northland, this new facility accepted its first residents in August, 2005. It can accommodate 30 women and families at one time and expects to fill an immediate need in the area. In addition to shelter, residents are provided case management to assist in identifying solutions to problems that contributed to their homelessness as well as, assistance in securing more permanent residence.
http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc_kan.nsf/

Section 8 Housing

Section 8 is a rental assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It is designed to assist low-income families rent apartments, condominiums or homes in the private market.

The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri (HAKC) issues a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) to families that meet income guidelines established by HUD. Utilizing their HCV, the family pays approximately 30% to 40% of their income toward rent and utilities and HAKC pays the difference.

The Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri
301 E. Armour Blvd
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
816-968-4100
http://www.hakc.org/section8.html

United Services Community Action Agency

Family Intake, Assessment&Referral (FIAR)
FIAR is the initial assessment used to determine eligibility for USCAA programs and services. The purpose of the FIAR system is to look at ALL of the potential needs of each family coming in for service–to explore beyond their presenting needs and address and underlying problems preventing long-term success. FIAR includes an outside referral system to other programs and services as well.

Missourians Building Assets (an IDA) program)
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are special savings accounts for low-income people that enable them to attain a ‘lasting asset’ (e.g., Home Ownership; Micro-Enterprise Development; Post-Secondary Education). Attainment of these “assets” has proven to enable families to make a permanent move out of poverty. The program provides a 2:1 match for program participants (for every $1 a participant saves, MBA will match it with $2). Participants’ savings are eligible for match up to $2,000 (their $2,000 plus $4,000 of our match would give program participants a total of $6,000 toward the purchase of their asset.)

Supportive Housing
USCAA focuses on encouraging self-sufficiency by subsidizing a family’s housing payment for up to 2 years. The amount gradually decreases as the family demonstrates increased self-sufficiency, while a case manager works one-on-one with the family offering continual support. The case manager coaches the family through this transitional-to-permanent housing
program, assuring them of their ability to work toward long-lasting success.

Administrative Office/Central Jackson County Outreach
6323 Manchester Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64133
816-358-6868

For information about a similar program serving Kansas, contact
621 SE Swygart
Topeka, Kansas 66607
785-234-0878
http://www.uscaa.info/

City Union Mission

Families and single women at the Mission’s Family Shelter can enter the four-to-eight month New Life Program that offers rehabilitation to whole families. Members attend Bible study, local churches and have regular counseling sessions. Life Skills courses guide each person toward a healthier lifestyle. Families live in the shelter while parents and children alike stabilize and prepare to move into permanent housing.

Transitional housing is the six to nine month follow-up to the Christian Life and New Life Programs. It helps graduates and their families adjust to independent living. In our transitional living apartments, clients pay a program fee each month, must be employed, can attend school and live as independently as possible in a nominally supervised setting, before moving into their own home.

City Union Mission
1100 E. 11th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
816-474-9380
http://www.cumission.org

Community Linc

Residents must commit to making life changes that lead to long-term self-sufficiency. The adults are required to work with Community LINC’s in-house career development center to secure jobs and/or additional training, including college. To facilitate transportation, our six 6-plex apartment buildings are within one block of the most highly traveled bus line in Kansas City.

The housing and utilities are free, however the residents are required to save 50% of their income to reduce debts and prepare for future independent housing, including home ownership. They are also required to participate in a stringent, structured program of weekly classes focused on job/life skills such as budgeting, parenting, community involvement and job retention. The residents invest in themselves and in their futures.

The structured approach of holding clients accountable enhances their chances of success. Some 98% of our graduates continue to live independently.

To be considered for the Community LINC Transitional Housing Program, applicants must be homeless; be at least eighteen years of age; have full custody of their child(ren) under the age of 18; have a need for supportive services; be motivated to work on family development; and have the determination to fully participate in required program activities. Applicants with a substance abuse history are required to have been free from substances for at least 30 days and have completed at least a 30-day treatment program.

Community Linc
4012-14 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-531-3727
http://www.communitylinc.org

Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries

Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries’ Community Care programs provide assistance and services in the five county area for families in emergency situations. Their three Community Care locations – in Wyandotte, Jackson and Clay Counties – feed hungry people, provide articles of clothing, blankets for the cold weather and fans during the summer’s heat.

Community Care assistance touches families by keeping people’s lights on, their houses warm and roofs over their heads, helping families with utility bills and housing bills (rent, deposits, mortgages, etc.)

Beyond emergency assistance, Community Care helps families move into services and programs that address the underlying problems of poverty. Education, counseling and case management help families to break dependency cycles, to manage limited resources and to find their place in the community.

Midtown
3031 Holmes
Kansas City, MO
816-931-0027

Northland
1104 NE Vivion Rd
Kansas City, MO 64118
816-454-5295

Wyandotte
722 Reynolds
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-342-8333
http://www.mlmkc.org

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army sponsors the feeding programs detailed below.

Beacon of Hope
Beacon of Hope is a noonday soup kitchen located at the Bellefontaine Corps Community Center, 9th&Bellefontaine. As many as 250 people attend the lunch. Those who came include: many homeless people, young mothers with children, senior citizens and those from the neighborhood who need help stretching their food dollars.

Beacon of Hope
3013-19 E. 9th Street
Kansas City, MO 64124
816-483-8484

Honk ‘n Holler
Honk ‘n Holler is an outreach program that travels throughout the community, 2 nights every week, to areas where homeless people are known to be living, bringing: soup, sandwiches and coffee, as well as, blankets, warm clothing and other necessities. The goal is to build a rapport with the homeless community and ultimately connect them with mainstream services that will help move them toward permanent or supportive housing and/or other services needed.

Honk ‘n Holler
816-471-4337

Blue Valley’s Community Diner
Each Monday evening, from 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m., a community dinner is served to families from around the neighborhood. Many come because they have no food, while others who live alone attend for the fellowship. Whatever the reason, all are welcome!

Blue Valley’s Community Dinner
6618 E. Truman Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64126
816-241-6485

The Salvation Army also provides countless other emergency aid services, please visit their website for more details.
http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc_kan.nsf/

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program which provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants.

Past experience shows that pregnant women who participate in the WIC Program have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier.

Local WIC Providers are the contact point for receiving WIC services. There are 118 Local WIC Providers located throughout the state where participants are evaluated for nutritional risk and income eligibility.

Find local providers on the website below, or contact WIC

WIC and Nutrition Services
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
PO Box 570
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
573-751-6204 or (toll-free) 1-800-392-8209
http://www.dhss.mo.gov/wic/WICAgencies_Map.html

Bishop Sullivan Center

Combined, our two food pantries at Bishop Sullivan Center and St. James Place serve 1,200 to 1,400 families each month.

  • Clients receive canned and boxed food, fresh produce, fresh meat and milk when available.
  • The homeless receive a special food package requiring no preparation.
  • We deliver groceries to 100 homebound senior citizens each month.

Bishop Sullivan Center
6435 Truman Road
Kansas City, MO 64126
816-231-0984

St. James Place
(our soup kitchen and second food pantry)
3934 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-561-8515
http://www.bishopsullivan.org

Catholic Charities

Emergency Assistance services are provided throughout the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. In the Kansas City area, emergency assistance is provided through the Catholic Social Ministry Association, a network of 39 Catholic parishes and organizations. Catholic Charities helps to coordinate the association and acquires financial and in-kind resources to be used by association members. Food pantries are funded in part by Catholic Charities through the Bishop’s Emergency Assistance Fund (BEAF) and other grants.

Persons in need of food, rent, utility assistance or other social services in Kansas City will be directed to the United Ways of Greater Kansas City for comprehensive information and referrals to receive assistance. Outside of the immediate Kansas City area, call Catholic Charities by phone or web link listed below.

United Way (see entry)
Simply dial the numbers 2-1-1 on your phone.

Catholic Charities
850 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64105-1704
816-221-4377
1-800-875-4377 toll free
http://www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org

City Union Mission

Since 1924, City Union Mission has provided warm beds, nutritious food and a place of safety for thousands of poverty stricken and homeless men, women and children.

The Food Service Department handles purchasing, sorting, and inventory of food and housekeeping supplies. Over 75% of the Mission’s food is donated, so coming up with menus to efficiently utilize these donations is crucial. The Food Service Department distributes food to four kitchens, who turn out an average of 550 meals each day.

City Union Mission
1100 E. 11th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106
816-474-9380
http://www.cumission.org

Don Bosco Center

The Family Support Center offers emergency assistance with food, clothing and rent/utility aid primarily through a coordination of community services. The Center is a resource for people facing homelessness, child and spousal abuse, job loss and substance addictions. The Center also helps low income seniors bridge their inadequate income through food and clothing banks.

Don Bosco Family Support Center
520 Garfield
Kansas City, MO 64124
816-691-2959
http://www.donbosco.org

Bishop Sullivan Center

Bishop Sullivan Center provides free pre-employment counseling services to low-income people seeking employment to ensure clients are work-ready. We assess work-readiness, and discuss skills needed for an employee to be successful in the workplace, including vocational ability, attitude, dependability, honesty and ability to work as a team member.

Bishop Sullivan Center
6435 Truman Road
Kansas City, MO 64126
816-231-0984
http://www.bishopsullivan.org

Community Linc

Community LINC provides the following job-related assistance to non-resident homeless and at-risk families through outreach programs, Career LINC and Project Care.

  • Skills assessment and career planning
  • Educational and/or technical training planning
  • Job-readiness training
  • Job placement and retention
  • Workplace skills training
  • Transportation assistance
  • Post placement follow-up and support

New Idea Workplace is a comprehensive package of materials, trainings and consulting that not only allows us to move families out of poverty, but helps businesses get, manage, and keep sufficient numbers of talented, stable employees. Through our corporate placement servcies we provide custom pre-employment training including our UsucceedToday TM workplace skills series, basic computer and customer service skills training.

Community Linc
4012-14 Troost
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-531-3727
http://www.communitylinc.org

Full Employment Council

The Full Employment Council is a business-led, private, nonprofit corporation whose mission is to obtain public and private sector employment for the unemployed and underemployed residents of the Greater Kansas City area. The Full Employment Council accomplishes this goal by working in collaboration with business, local units of government, educational institutions, labor and community-based organizations. This partnership responds to employer needs while reducing unemployment, underemployment and the public dependency of area residents.

Many area locations. Please call or visit their website for more details.

Full Employment Council
1740 Paseo
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-471-2330
http://www.feckc.org

Jewish Vocational Service

The JVS Rehabilitation Employment Services (ES) assists individuals in learning how to find and keep a job. Consumers are referred to the ES program through the Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), Kansas and Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) and the Veterans Administration (VA).

As part of our placement service, JVS will help you develop a resume and cover letter, teach you about job applications, practice your interviewing skills, and work with you to find appropriate employment opportunities.

Jewish Vocational Service
1608 Baltimore
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-471-2808
www.jvskc.org

Women’s Employment Network

Women’s Employment Network (WEN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women with the skills and confidence to help them achieve economic independence for themselves and their families. WEN provides comprehensive employment preparation and career transition programs, workshops and services to women throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Women’s Employment Network
720 Oak
Suite 200
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
816-822-8083
http://www.kcwen.org

Adult Basic Education

The Kansas City, Missouri School District’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) program serves older youth and adults who need basic skills to get a job, enter a training program, or pass the GED examination. Each year, ABE enrolls more than 6,000 students in day and evening classes designed to teach basic academic skills and prepare for the workplace.

Programs offered

  • Adult Basic Education
    ABE’s core curriculum covers reading, mathematics, language, writing, spelling, vocabulary, literature, science, social studies, and workplace and life skills. Many courses are specifically designed to help students prepare for the GED examination.

  • Parent Power Institute
    The goal of the PPI is to offer parents of students attending the KCMSD an opportunity tp prepare for a successful college experience. Click here to download the complete flyer.

  • Evening High School
    This program is geared for public high school students who need additional credit to complete the requirements to obtain a high school diploma.

  • English as a Second Language
    The English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum teaches language skills for everyday life. Courses cover Grammar, Conversational English, American idioms, and language-related issues associated with the naturalization process and U.S. citizenship preparation.

  • Workforce Preparation
    ABE’s Workforce Academy provides foundation skills in three basic areas: basic literacy, problem solving, and personal responsibility. Learning activities focus on core competencies needed to succeed in the job market, such as resource allocation, teamwork, information gathering, understanding complex systems, and applying technology.

  • Family Literacy
    The Family Literacy Program helps adults and children work together to develop basic reading and writing skills. The agenda covers adult education, early childhood education, parent education and support, and parent-child interaction.

  • GED Options
    The GED Options program of the Kansas City, Missouri School District is designed to offer eligible students a viable second opportunity to stay in school and acquire the necessary high-school-level knowledge and skills to pass the GED Test and earn a high school diploma within the same time frame as their peers. Students must be 17-18 years old and too far behind in credits to graduate with their peers. Participating High Schools are Central, Northeast and Anderson Alternative.

  • Fresh Start
    The Fresh Start program is designed for persons 18 years or older to earn a diploma in non-traditional ways. Students work to complete standard academic curriculum using computer-based instruction and applications.

Adult Basic Education, Kansas City Missouri School District
2121 Charlotte
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
816-418-8202
http://www.kcmsd.k12.mo.us/abe

Alta Vista Charter High School

AVHS provides culturally appropriate and comprehensive educational services to at-risk high school students. The main feature of the school is small classroom sizes with a ratio of 16:1 that maximize instructional contact time. Special services are available for students who are limited English speaking or have learning disabilities. The school maintains bilingual administrative and instructional staff to assist students and parents where language may pose barriers. The school understands that incoming students arrive with reading and math proficiencies that are at a minimum three years below grade level, yet the instructional design stresses preparedness for post secondary education and training.

Alta Vista Charter High School
1722 Holly St
Kansas City, MO 64108
http://www.guadalupecenters.org/altavista.htm

Archdiocese of Kansas City

The Archdiocese of Kansas City overlooks 45 Catholic elementary schools and 7 Catholic high schools in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.

Archdiocese of Kansas City Schools
12615 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, Ks. 66109
Phone:913-721-1570
http://www.archkckcs.org

Head Start

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Children from birth to age five from families with income below the poverty line are eligible for Head Start (preschool age children) and Early Head Start services (birth to age three and pregnant women). Children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are also eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of family income. Foster children are also Head Start and Early Head Start eligible regardless of their foster family’s income. There may be children in each program (up to 10%) who are enrolled without meeting the criteria listed above.

To find a Head Start or Early Head Start program in your area by phone, please call the Head Start Knowledge and Information Management Services at
1-866-763-6481 (toll free)

For a detailed list of Head Start or Early Head Start programs in your area, use website listed below.
http://www.eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Job Corps

Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 get a better job, make more money, and take control of their lives.

At Job Corps, students enroll to learn a trade, earn a high school diploma or GED and get help finding a good job. When you join the program, you will be paid a monthly allowance; the longer you stay with the program, the more your allowance will be. Job Corps provides career counseling and transition support to its students for up to 12 months after they graduate from the program.

Job Corps
U.S. Department of Labor
Frances Perkins Building
200 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20210
http://jobcorps.dol.gov

Kansas City Public Libraries

The Kansas City Public Libraries offer an extensive collection of books, periodicals, reference materials, as well as internet access and other educational materials.

To find a library location near you, contact
Kansas City Public Library
14 West 10th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105
816-701-3400
http://www.kclibrary.org

Kansas City, Kansas Public School District

Provides information, updates and news to students, parents, teachers and the community.

Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
625 Minnesota Ave
Kansas City, KS 66101
913-551-3200
http://www.kckps.org

Kansas City, Missouri Public School District

Provides information, updates and news to students, parents, teachers and the community.

Kansas City, Missouri School District
Board Of Education Building
1211 McGee St
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Phone: 816-418-7000
http://www2.kcmsd.net

Kansas State Board of Education

The governing body which overlooks all public schools in Kansas, including primary and secondary education. The Kansas State Board of Education develops standard of curriculum, and provides funding to each of the school districts.

Kansas State Department of Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1182
Phone: (785) 296-3201
http://www.ksbe.state.ks.us

Missouri State Board of Education

The Missouri State Board of Education governs public school education in Missouri by

  • Defining academic performance standards and assessment requirements for public schools.
  • Accrediting local school districts. The Board accredits school districts through the ‘Missouri School Improvement Program,’ which includes minimum standards for high school graduation, curriculum, student testing, support services and other areas of school operations.
  • Establishing requirements for the education, testing, assessment, certification and recertification of all public school teachers and administrators.
  • Operating the Missouri School for the Blind (St. Louis), the Missouri School for the Deaf (Fulton), and the statewide system of State Schools for Severely Handicapped.
  • Overseeing federal education programs and the distribution of federal funds to school districts.
  • Establishing regulations for school bus safety and for fiscal management in local school districts.
  • Submitting annual budget recommendations for education to the Missouri Legislature.
  • Administering the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Sheltered Workshop programs, which provide services for adult Missouri citizens with disabilities

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: 573-751-4212
http://dese.mo.gov

Plaza De Ni’os Preschool

Plaza de Ni’os is a year-round preschool located in the Westside community, serving children aged two to five. Our primary goal is to provide a bilingual kindergarten readiness program designed to enhance the areas of social competence, cognitive skills, language, physical development, and positive self-direction.

Plaza de Ni’os Preschool also provides Head Start and is accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Plaza de Ni’os Preschool
1711 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-472-5108
http://www.guadalupecenters.org/plazadeninos.htm

Project EAGLE

Project EAGLE provides Early Head Start as well as a broad range of family services

  • Early Childhood Development and Early Intervention Services
  • Parenting Education
  • Coordination of comprehensive family support services, including health care, dental care, transportation, housing, job placement, formal education programs, basic life skills, family and personal counseling, and developmentally appropriate childcare.

Families who are eligible for Project EAGLE Early Head Start

  • Live in Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Have a total family (household) income at or below the federal poverty guidelines.
  • Have a pregnant woman or a child less than one year of age living in the home.

Project EAGLE community programs
Tower II, Suite 900
400 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS. 66101
Phone: 913-281-2648
http://www.projecteagle.org

Sunshine Center

Sunshine Center offers a comprehensive program in early intervention special education, speech, physical and occupational therapy and early childhood education. In an inclusive setting, typically developing children learn alongside their peers who are challenged with autism, spina bifida, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, speech impairments and other disabilities.

Sunshine Center is accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is licensed by the State of Missouri Department of Health as a childcare facility. We are a United Way funded agency.

Sunshine Center also offers a private school, sanctioned and approved by the State of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, for medically fragile students.

In addition, Sunshine Center offers services to children in their own home or other childcare center. Occupational, speech and physical therapists will also provide services in the child’s home or other location through the Missouri First Steps program.

Sunshine Center
607 West Lexington Avenue
Independence, MO 64050
816-833-2088
http://www.sunshinecenter.org

The Children’s Place

The Children’s Place has been committed to meeting the developmental and mental health needs of the very youngest victims of child abuse, neglect and other trauma. Within the Kansas City community and beyond, the agency’s specialized expertise in working with traumatized young children has made The Children’s Place a recognized leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect. To entrust that agency services are of the highest quality, The Children’s Place is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The Children’s Place
2 East 59th Street
Kansas City, MO 64113
816-363-1898
http://www.tcpkc.org

TIES program

The TIES (Team for Infants Endangered by Substance Abuse) program uses a community-based, multi-disciplinary team approach to provide comprehensive services to the families of pregnant and postpartum women with HIV or substance abuse problems.

TIES
3101 Broadway, Suite 575
Kansas City, MO 64111
(816) 234-3021

First Steps (Missouri Birth to Three)

First Steps offers coordinated services and assistance to young children with special needs and their families. First Steps is designed for children, birth to age 3, who have delayed development or diagnosed conditions that are associated with development disabilities.

The First Steps Goal is to make sure that families have the necessary supports, services, and resources that they need to raise healthy, happy and successful children. First Steps works with Missouri families of children age birth to three with diagnosed developmental disability or delay to ensuring that coordinated services are provided as conveniently as possible. Participation in First Steps is voluntary and is intended to help families of children with disabilities. First Steps has three main goals:

  • Parents will understand their child’s special needs.
  • Parents will have the ability to obtain the help they desire to deal with situations that could interfere with their child’s growth and development.
  • Parents will have the ability to provide the best conditions for their child’s growth and development.

Families can contact their county First Steps Office for more information by calling
1-866-583-2392 toll free

Missouri Department of Education
Division of Special Education – First Steps
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-522-8762
http://dese.mo.gov/divspeced/FirstSteps/

Infant-Toddler Services (Kansas Birth to Three)

Infant-Toddler Services is a comprehensive, statewide system of community-based, family-centered early intervention services for young children (birth through age 2) with disabilities and their families.

Many local agencies provide an array of services to eligible children and their families utilizing a variety of public and private resources. Services are designed to meet the special needs of the child and family and are identified through a multi-disciplinary assessment process and provided through an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). Family members are important partners in this team approach to provision of services.

Early intervention services that are available to eligible children and their families based on needs include: speech, occupational and physical therapies, audiology, special instruction, family training, assistive technology, social work, vision, psychological, and nutrition services. There also are specific types of medical, health, nursing and transportation services available. A family service coordinator is available to assist families with the evaluation and eligibility determination, IFSP development and service provision, including assistance to ease the transition to Part B Special Education Services when the child reaches age 3.

For more information on Infant-Toddler Services, please call toll-free
1-800-332-6262

Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Infant-Toddler Services
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 220
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1274
Phone: (785) 291-3368
http://www.kdheks.gov/its/

Children’s Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC)

Center-based preschool programs are provided in an environment where children are involved in play-based learning activities. These activities are designed to center on each child’s individual strengths. In the center-based program a team of professionals work together collaboratively in the classroom to address all of the child’s needs. Children with and without disabilities learn and play together at Children’s TLC.

Children’s TLC provides early intervention for infants and toddlers, early childhood special education, early childhood assessments, physical and occupational therapies, speech and language therapy, aquatic therapy, extended school year, outpatient therapy, social work services, and parent education and support.

Children’s TLC offers a deaf classroom. Children as young as one year of age begin to develop gestures to communicate and can learn sign language and early speech production, depending on the extent of the hearing loss, practice and exposure to the language. Many children receive their first hearing aids or cochlear implants at a young age and parent education is critical for successful use of any device to improve communication. Most children are able to integrate into a center-based classroom at age two.

One classroom on the Children’s TLC classroom concentrates on emerging lanuage ability. The Emerging Language and Literacy Project serves children who are identified as language impaired and who are potentially at-risk for difficulties in literacy development during the school years. The learning emphasis is on the language substructure important for development of reading and writing.

Children’s TLC
3101 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-756-0780
http://www.childrenstlc.org

Head Start / Early Head Start

Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.

Children from birth to age five from families with income below the poverty line are eligible for Head Start (preschool age children) and Early Head Start services (birth to age three and pregnant women). Children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are also eligible for Head Start and Early Head Start services regardless of family income. Foster children are also Head Start and Early Head Start eligible regardless of their foster family’s income. There may be children in each program (up to 10%) who are enrolled without meeting the criteria listed above.

MARC oversees Head Start programs in Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties.

To find a Head Start or Early Head Start program in your area by phone, please call the Head Start Knowledge and Information Management Services at
1-866-763-6481 (toll free)

For a detailed list of Head Start or Early Head Start programs in your area, use website listed below.
http://www.eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

Northland Early Education Center

Northland Early Education Center provides quality education and therapy services to children with special needs and those who are typically developing. Our preschool serves children birth to five years of age. Children from all backgrounds and at all developmental levels learn at their own pace while in the classroom with their same-aged peers. NEEC is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). We work closely with the Missouri First Steps program to provide services to children with special needs ages birth to three. Those services include Occupational therapy, Speech/Language Pathology, Physical therapy, and Special Instruction.

Northland Early Education Center
8630 North Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64155
Tel: 816-420-9005
http://neeckids.org

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is a parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until their child enters kindergarten, usually age 5.

Parents are supported by PAT-certified parent educators trained to translate scientific information on early brain development into specific when, what, how and why advice for families. By understanding what to expect during each stage of development, parents can easily capture the teachable moments in everyday life to enhance their child’s language development, intellectual growth, social development and motor skills.

Parents as Teachers also offers

  • Personal visits during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
  • Parent group meetings which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe their children with other children and practice parenting skills.
  • Screenings to assess your child’s overall development as well as health, hearing and vision.
  • Resource network that links your family to other community services.

To find a program near you, contact the National Center at 1-866-PAT4YOU (1-866-728-4968) or on the website
http://www.parentsasteachers.org/

Partners in Behavioral Milestones

Milestones Academy Professional Services (MAPS) is a division of the parent company Partners in Behavioral Milestones, Inc. (PBM). The MAPS program was formed to serve young children with developmental delays including autism, PDD and language delays, who need intensive, early intervention in a center based environment.

Partners in Behavioral Milestones
6412 E. 87th St.
Kansas City, MO 64138
Phone: (816) 501-5138
Toll-Free: (877) 688-0271
ttp://www.behavioralmilestones.com

Domestic Violence Network, Inc.

The metropolitan Kansas City area domestic violence shelters have formed the Domestic Violence Network (DVN), a not-for-profit organization, to improve coordination among themselves. To date, their efforts have focused primarily on developing a shared hotline and an integrated computer system.

Kansas City Metro-Wide Crisis Line
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
816-HOTLINE
816-468-5463

El Centro, Inc.

Domestic Violence Intervention

El Centro, Incorporated offers individual and group counseling, shelter placement, and case management for victims of domestic violence.

For information, please contact:
Elena Morales at 913-281-1186 ext: 120
Rebekah Moses at 913-281-1186 ext: 126
http://www.elcentroinc.com

Hope House

Hope House is Missouri’s largest domestic violence shelter with two secure locations in Independence, Missouri and Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Each location features a 52-bed shelter, early childhood center, therapy space, administration offices and community training facilities. For the victims of domestic violence, Hope House offers shelter, counseling, legal services and safety planning. Hope House programs and services also include outreach therapy, court advocacy, a safe visitation center, hospital based advocacy, on-call women’s advocates who work with area police departments, and prevention programs in area schools.

Hope House
PO Box 577
Lee’s Summit, MO 64063
816-461-HOPE (816-461-4673)
http://www.hopehouse-ejc.org

Mattie Rhodes Center

Mattie Rhodes Center serves children, individuals, couples and families. Over two-thirds of those we serve are recent immigrants from Latin America who speak only Spanish. Every year we serve more than 1,000 individuals who live in Jackson County, Missouri and Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, Kansas.

Nuevo D’a (“New Day”) Domestic Violence Program
The Domestic Violence Program was started in June 2000. Agencies like Mattie Rhodes Center that provide skilled counseling and support can help emotionally and physically abused women reclaim their lives and make healthier decisions. The program gives special consideration to Hispanic and Spanish-speaking women who, for a variety of reasons, typically do not utilize existing community resources to escape from violent homes.

Mattie Rhodes Center
1740 Jefferson Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Phone 816-471-2536
http://www.mattierhodes.org

MOCSA

The Metropolitan Organization to Combat Sexual Abuse has been an advocate for better treatment of sexual assault victims as they move through the medical, law enforcement, judicial, and social service systems. MOCSA serves the Kansas City metropolitan area including Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte Counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.

24 hour Hotline
A bi-state 24-hour anonymous hotline is answered by MOCSA staff and trained volunteers to provide crisis intervention, information and referral services to victims of sexual assault and abuse, as well as their significant others. Callers in need of immediate medical attention can arrange to have an advocate meet them at a hospital in the metropolitan area. Trained advocates provide support and assistance during the ensuing medical evidence collection and reporting process 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Crisis Intervention Services
In total, MOCSA’s crisis intervention services include a crisis line, referral service, medical and legal advocacy, individual short-term crisis intervention counseling and support groups for both men and women, all at no charge. Multicultural counselors are available, including services for Spanish-speaking persons.

To contact MOCSA’s crisis line, please call
816-531-0233 or 913-642-0233.

The Metropolitan Organization to Counteract Sexual Assault
3100 Broadway
Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-931-4527
http://www.mocsa.org

Newhouse Shelter Home

Newhouse Shelter Home offers services to the victims of domestic violence to help them lead healthy, self-sufficient lives. Newhouse strives to meet basic needs, and makes referrals to community resources to help victims reach their full potential. Even after victims leave the home, there are outreach services available.

24 hour Hotline
Newhouse offers a 24 hour hotline answered by an advocate trained in domestic violence.

Hotline number: 816-471-5800

Newhouse
P.O. Box 240019
Kansas City, MO 64124-0019
Phone: 816-474-6446
http://www.newhouseshelter.org

Rose Brooks Center

Rose Brooks Center is a comprehensive domestic violence agency that provides a full continuum of care including prevention programming, crisis intervention and other supportive services to thousands of women and children each year.

The Bridge Program provides hospital-based domestic violence advocacy and support. The program is located in six Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area hospitals including
Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Research Medical Center, Saint Joseph Health Center, Saint Luke’s Hospital, Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill and The University of Kansas Hospital.

Bridge Program Advocates work within the hospital setting and respond to crisis intervention calls within 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

A Bridge Program advocate meets with the patient privately while they are in the hospital and will

  • Listen and support
  • Provide legal resources, such as Orders of Protection
  • Help the victim and children find a safe place to stay
  • Provide support groups and other counseling services
  • Provide ongoing support and connection to resources

24 Hour Crisis Line
816-861-6100
(Hablamos Espa’ol)

Metro-wide Crisis Line
816-HOTLINE
http://www.rosebrooks.org

Synergy Services

Synergy Services is committed to creating a “safe today” and a “strong tomorrow” for women, children and families by providing child advocacy services, lifelines for families in crisis, outreach to homeless youth, and more.

SafeHaven of Clay County
Shelter for Women and their Children.
Domestic violence shelters provide safety and sanctuary to battered women and their children. Residents are provided with food, personal care products, access to public transportation as well as assistance from Synergy’s community education programs such as Court Services, and the EXCEL employment skills program. Individual, group counseling and education are required for the residents of SafeHaven. School aged children attend public school.

Domestic Violence Hotline:
800-491-1114
Metro Kansas City Area 816-452-8535.

Synergy Services, Inc.
400 East Sixth Street
Parkville, MO 64152
816-587-4100

Brochures are available for download on their website.
http://www.synergyservices.org

El Centro, Inc.

El Centro offers a bilingual preschool which helps children develop the social and cognitive skills that ensure a lifetime of learning. Accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), The Academy for Children relies on research based practices to jump-start education. Parents also learn to be effective teachers for their infants and toddlers through home-based instruction called Parents as Teachers.

Academies for Children
Kansas City Kansas (Argentine District)
1330 S 30th St
Kansas City, KS 66106
913-677-1115

Donnelly College Campus
608 N 18th St
Kansas City, KS 66102
913-281-1700(phone)
http://www.elcentroinc.com

Operation Breakthrough

Operation Breakthrough offers an Early Childhood Education Program for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years. It is guided by Head Start, QRS (Quality Rating System) and is NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation since 2005. It is open daily from 6:00am until 6:00pm.

Operation Breakthrough is a United Way agency which helps children living in poverty reach their greatest potential.

Contact information:
Operation Breakthrough
St. Vincent’s Family Service Center
3039 Troost, Kansas City MO 64109
816-756-3511
www.operationbreakthrough.com

Salvation Army

Three top-quality day care centers in Kansas City make it possible for parents to go work or school comfortable with the knowledge that their children are being cared for in the best possible setting.

Centers offer experienced teachers, a stimulating environment and a nurturing, structured program. All are on a sliding scale fee geared to the parents’ ability to pay. Convenient before and after school programs for elementary school children are also available. Over the years these programs have prepared thousands of children for the school days ahead.

Westport Day Care
500 W. 39th
Kansas City, MO. 64111
816-753-1628

KCK Day Care
500 N. 7th
Kansas City, KS. 66101
913-321-7068

Small Wonders Preschool
420 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, KS. 66061
913-782-3640
http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org

The Family Conservency

Child Care Source
You are your child’s first and most influential teacher, but your child care provider is the second. In addition to the impact of effective parenting, research shows that a quality early learning experience helps children develop socially and emotionally while boosting their brainpower – the three keys to success in life.

Using the latest in brain development research and sound early education practices, The Family Conservancy helps child care providers be the best they can be. We provide training and technical assistance, as providers work to raise the quality of their services.

Through this free service to Kansas and Missouri residents, The Family Conservency can help you find child care that is

  • Close to home or work
  • Full- or part-time
  • In a center or home setting
  • For children with or without disabilities

The Family Conservancy
626 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101
Phone 913-342-1110
http://www.childcaresource.org

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children)

CASA volunteers help a child’s voice be heard in court. They are lay volunteers who act as advocates on behalf of the best interest of abused and neglected children.

CASA volunteers help nearly 700 children served each year under the jurisdiction of the Jackson County Family Court who are protected from further abuse and neglect. CASA volunteers also help Judges make difficult decisions, including determining the child’s immediate living situation, planned permanent placement and services needed. The entire community benefits in the long term as children who are given a better life will grow into happier, healthier and more productive adults who provide positive care and support for their children, rather than continue the cycle of abuse.

Kansas City Metropolitan CASA
8:30am to 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday
625 E. 26th St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-842-CASA (842-2272)
http://www.standkc.org/

Child Abuse Hotline

The Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline Unit accepts confidential reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Members of certain occupational groups, such as teachers, social workers, and physicians, are mandated by law to make reports to the Hotline. Any person may report, and anonymous reports are accepted from individuals who are not mandated by occupation to report. Effective August 28, 2004, Missouri law requires Mandated Reporters to identify themselves when making a report in Missouri.

Missouri: 1-800-392-3738
Kansas: 1-800-922-5330
National: 1-800-422-4453

Child Abuse Prevention Association

Programs&Services
The Child Abuse Prevention Association – CAPA offers three levels of programming designed to prevent child abuse. Our programming is based on a continuum and provides a variety of services.

Level 1 – Education
Primary prevention programs directed toward the community to stop child abuse before it occurs.

Level 2 – Family Support Services
Secondary prevention programs for families with significant needs designed to alleviate conditions associated with child abuse.

Level 3 – Counseling
Tertiary prevention programs for adults and children who have experienced child abuse designed to decrease consequences and prevent its recurrence.

Child Abuse Prevention Association – CAPA
503 E. 23rd Street
Independence, M0 64055
816-252-8388
http://www.childabuseprevention.org

Missouri Children’s Division (DFS)

Missouri’s Children’s Division aims to partner with families, communities and government to protect children from abuse and neglect, while assuring safety, permanency and well-being for Missouri’s children. The Children’s Division offers several levels of foster care.

Traditional Foster Care
A foster family agrees to accept children into their home specific to their licensing preferences.

Medical Foster Care
Foster parents are required to obtain all necessary medical training required to care for these children. They are required to schedule medical appointments and make arrangements to transport the children to and from all medical appointments. Medical foster parents are also expected to participate in periodic reviews of the Child’s need for this level of care.

Emergency Home
Agree to accept children at any hour of the day, 7 days a week and maintain space within their licensed capacity.

Respite Care
Foster parent provides a 24-hour period of care, not to exceed 12 per year.

Individualized Care
Therapeutic family-based foster home. One parent will be available 24 hours a day and cannot be employed outside the home. Designed to divert children from psychiatric hospitals and residential placements. Children will be SED (severely emotionally disturbed).

Missouri Children’s Division (DFS)
816-889-2595
http://www.kcchildren.com

MOCSA

The Metropolitan Organization to Combat Sexual Abuse has been an advocate for better treatment of sexual assault victims as they move through the medical, law enforcement, judicial, and social service systems. MOCSA serves the Kansas City metropolitan area including Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte Counties in Missouri and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas.

MOCSA Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Program
Spanish services available
For child victims, adult survivors of child sexual abuse, family members and adolescent and adult offenders, MOCSA offers hope and help. Whole families can be evaluated, and individual, group, and family therapy are provided to assist victims and family members recover from the abuse. Families are aided in the process of working with other community agencies, such as Division of Family Services and the Family Courts, to achieve the best possible outcome for everyone involved.

For more information on this program, please call
(816) 931-4527.

MOCSA 24-Hour Crisis Line
A bi-state 24-hour anonymous hotline is answered by MOCSA staff and trained volunteers to provide crisis intervention, information and referral services to victims of sexual assault and abuse, as well as their significant others. Callers in need of immediate medical attention can arrange to have an advocate meet them at a hospital in the metropolitan area. Trained advocates provide support and assistance during the ensuing medical evidence collection and reporting process 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

For more information on MOCSA’s crisis line, please call
816-531-0233 or 913-642-0233.

MOCSA Advocacy Services
MOCSA provides hospital, police and court advocacy free of charge to victims of sexual assault.

For more information on this service, please call our support line at
816-531-0233 or 913-642-0233.

The Metropolitan Organization to Counteract Sexual Assault
3100 Broadway
Suite 400
Kansas City, MO 64111
http://www.mocsa.org

Parents Anonymous of Missouri

The purpose of Parents Anonymous is to prevent child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency by strengthening families through self-help programs. Parents Anonymous provides consultation, training, and technical assistance to agencies, policymakers, and parents. Parents Anonymous supports new programs that use a shared leadership approach and promote parent and professional partnerships in all aspects of family strengthening. Parents Anonymous builds on past program activities to provide services to a range of cultural groups (including American Indian, African American, Asian, Latino, and Appalachian families) and to pilot materials designed to expand and enhance its Children’s Program. Support is available to parents, community-based organizations, State and local child welfare agencies, family support centers, schools, early childhood education programs, and juvenile justice organizations, among others.

Parents Anonymous of Kansas City, Missouri
10918 Elm Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri 64134
816-765-6600

Prevent Child Abuse America (Kansas)

Kansas Children’s Service League

Kansas Children’s Service League is a private, not-for-profit agency serving children and families with offices and affiliates throughout Kansas. Founded in 1893, the League provides a continuum of programs and services, advocates for children, and collaborates with other public and private agencies to increase effectiveness and promote efficiency and quality. The League’s services and advocacy efforts focus on keeping children safe, families strong, and communities involved. Kansas Children’s Service League is affiliated with the Kansas Chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America, which allows for continuation of education and prevention as well as helping kids who need a home. Kansas Children’s Service League is the statewide contractor for adoption services and sponsor for a network of resource family foster homes delivering care and support to some of Kansas’ most vulnerable children.

Kansas Children’s Service League
Main Number: 1-877-530-5275
24 Hr Parent Helpline: 1-800-332-6378

Infant Adoption:
Birth Parents: 1-877-581-5437
Adoptive Parents: 1-877-530-5275

Kansas City, Kansas location:
1220 Troup Ave
Kansas City, KS 66104
913-371-2220

Locations are found throughout the state of Kansas. For locations outside of Kansas City, please call the above number or visit the website:
https://www.kcsl.org

Prevent Child Abuse America (Missouri)

Missouri KidsFirst

Missouri KidsFirst is a statewide network of individuals, programs and organizations committed to protecting Missouri’s Children by improving the response to child victims and ending the cycle of child abuse in our communities. We are dedicated to providing resources, training, support and the public awareness necessary to end child abuse in Missouri.

Services
Each center in Missouri is in compliance with full-membership standards of the National Children’s Alliance, the national organization for Child Advocacy Centers. Missouri’s Child Advocacy Centers meet each of those standards set by the National Children’s Alliance to varying degrees depending on the services available in the communities where the centers are located. Every effort is made by the Center directors to avoid duplication of services in their communities in order to better utilize communityresources and better serve children and families. Standards include:

Forensic Interviews
Videotaped forensic interviews are a key component of the Child Advocacy Center model. The advantages of videotaping the interview include demonstrating the manner in which the child was questioned, capturing the child’s disclosure, capturing the child’s body language and emotion, and reducing the number of times a child has to be interviewed.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach
It is the role of the Child Advocacy Center to facilitate the multidisciplinary team approach to child abuse. By doing so, there is an increase in communication and cases are handled more professionally and expediently.

Medical Examinations
Each Missouri Child Advocacy Center makes Sexual Abuse Forensic Examinations (SAFE) available for children who are in need of them. Exams are provided either onsite at the Center or through referral to a partnering SAFE trained medical provider.

Therapeutic Intervention
Through Child Advocacy Centers, every child victim and their family are ensured that therapeutic services are available to begin the healing process. This is accomplished either through onsite services or referrals to partnering mental health providers in the community.

Victim Advocacy
Every Missouri Child Advocacy Center has a victim advocate on staff to provide support to children and their families throughout the entire criminal justice process and to ensure services are in place.

Case Review and Tracking
Child Advocacy Centers keep cases from “falling through the cracks.”

Child Protection Center
3100 Main Street, Suite 202
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
816-881-1800

Missouri KidsFirst
312 Monroe Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-632-4600

Synergy Services

Synergy Services is committed to creating a “safe today” and a “strong tomorrow” for women, children and families by providing child advocacy services, lifelines for families in crisis, outreach to homeless youth, and more.

Children’s Advocacy Center
A child-friendly environment for children to disclose sexual abuse or severe physical abuse. Trained therapists conduct one forensic interview in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies. Therapeutic counseling is also available.

SafePlace
A national program for youth and/or families in crisis situations. Affiliated with area Quik Trip stores, Kansas City Metro buses and business sites displaying the Safe Place sign, the program assists young people needing emergency help, hotline counseling and transportation to shelter. At each SafePlace location trained personnel and volunteers assist youth needing emergency help.

Synergy Services, Inc.
400 East Sixth Street
Parkville, MO 64152
816-587-4100

Brochures are available for download on their website.
http://www.synergyservices.org

The Children’s Mercy Care Clinic

The Children’s Mercy Care Clinic provides medical and psychosocial care for children (infants to young adults) who may have been abused or neglected. Children and their caregivers are provided with objective, holistic care where each individual’s dignity is repected. Our multidisciplinary team includes specialists in Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychology, Nursing and Social Work.

The Children’s Mercy Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.

The Children’s Mercy Care Clinic
2401 Gillham Rd.
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
816-234-3424

Catholic Charities

Counseling Solutions is Catholic Charities’ professional counseling program available to individuals, couples and groups. A caring, compassionate staff of mental health professionals provide services related to:

  • Depression or Anxiety
  • Personal Adjustment
  • Marriage and Couple Concerns
  • Anxiety
  • Parent and Child Concerns
  • Childhood and Adolescence
  • Loss and Grief
  • Character Development
  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • Child and Family Counseling
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Drug&Alcohol Recovery
  • School-based counseling services

Assurance of Quality
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph is accredited through the Council on Accreditation as having complied with nationally recognized standards of best practice. Counseling Solutions staff is comprised of certified counseling professionals, licensed clinical social workers and/or licensed mental health professionals. Flexible payment plans are available including some private insurance companies and Medicaid.

Kansas City Office
Serving the greater Kansas City area.
751 E. 63rd St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
816-333-2040
http://www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org

Crittenton

Crittenton’s full continuum of behavioral health care allows each child to receive the most appropriate level of care in a safe and secure environment. Programs are designed for children ages 5 to 18 and their families.

Treatments include individual psychotherapy, group and family therapy, spiritual wellness groups, and special programs for those who are at high risk or have problems with chemical dependency, eating disorders, sexual abuse, and out-of-control aggression. Expressive therapies such as art, music, recreation exercise, and horiculture also are used to encourage individual creativity and growth as well as pre-vocational experience. Psychiatrists provide evaluation, treatment, and medication management.

As a support to residential treatment programs, middle school and high school are taught on-site in a fully accredited school operated by the Hickman Mills school district. The school’s educators are specialists; most are certified in behavior disorders.

Acute Inpatient Care
Crittenton’s psychiatric hospital offers acute inpatient care for children ages 5 through 18 who experience serious psychiatric problems.

Each patient is under the care of a psychiatrist, who works with a multidisciplinary team of behavioral health professionals. There is 24-hour supervision by a registered nurse. Together, they help youngsters understand their problems and learn to manage their emotions and behaviors. This program also teaches anger control, conflict resolution, and communication skills.

Residential Treatment
This program is designed for adolescents who need a structured stay in a safe and secure environment. This program helps adolescents develop new problem’solving skills such as anger management, problem resolution, and improved social skills. Adolescents in this program have long-standing problems that often have resisted management in other programs. Adolescents in this program participate in school sessions, individual, group,
and therapeutic recreational activities. Treatment maximizes use of social workers. Psychiatrists manage medication for psychiatric disorders. There is also 24-hour supervision by a registered nurse.

Crittenton Behavioral Health
10918 Elm Ave
Kansas City, MO 64134
816-765-6600
http://www.saintlukeshealthsystem.org/slhs/Locations/Crittenton_Childrens_Center

Don Bosco Counseling Center

Mental illness affects one in five adults in the United States and does not discriminate based on ethnicity, economics, age or gender. It does, however, tend to disproportionately affect people that may already be at risk due to factors such as low income, minority ethnic background and advanced age. The goal of the Don Bosco Counseling Center is to offer mental health services to everyone – regardless of their ability to pay. Through strategic alliances with other agencies, Don Bosco supports a wide range of services.

Staffed by Truman Medical Center, Don Bosco offers individual, group and family counseling for people suffering from abusive situations, substance abuse, trauma and other emotional hardships. Thanks to funding and support provided by LINC Caring Communities, social workers at four community-based sites offer a wide array of services, from behavior modification to support services to helping families find resources in the community.

Don Bosco and its network of partners ensures that everyone, with or without insurance, has access to mental health services.

Don Bosco Counseling Center
520 Garfield
Kansas City, MO 64124
(816) 404-6345
http://www.donbosco.org

For the Children Foundation (Pathways Community Services)

Royal Oaks Hospital provides acute, inpatient care for young patients up to the age of 12 in the children’s program. Adolescents, ages 13-17 years of age who are experiencing behavioral and emotional problems are welcome at Royal Oaks Hospital as well.

Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. provides many services for children and adolescents including outpatient therapy, treatment for children with serious emotional disturbances, case management, day treatment and intensive in-home services. Pathways also provides substance abuse treatment services for adolescents, including a residential component.

If you have an emergency, please call our Hotline: 1-800-456-2634

For the Children Foundation
1800 Community Drive
Clinton, Missouri 64735
660-890-8097
http://www.forthechildrenmo.org

Joshua Child and Family Development Center

The Joshua Center is a vital resource for both children and adults who are affected by Tourette Syndrome, Asperger Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other associated neurological disorders and diseases.

The Joshua Center and the Web site combine to provide custom programs for individuals and families, clinical care, counseling, social skills development, staff development, support groups for affected individual and families, children’s summer camp, full-featured discussion forums, articles, research, terminology definitions, publications, links to relevant resources, and volunteer programs.

Joshua Child and Family Development Center
7611 State Line Road, Suite 142
Kansas City, MO 64114
816-763-7605
http://www.joshuacenter.com

Kansas City Regional Center

The Regional Office is the community-based services delivery agency administered by the Department of Mental Health, Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Our primary mission is to provide, within the limits of available resources, a comprehensive array of services for persons with developmental disabilities living in Bates, Cass, Clay, Lafayette, Jackson, Johnson, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri.

Kansas City Regional Center serves as the primary access point to the mental health system and provides assessment services, service coordination, individual habilitation planning, purchase of prescribed services (POS), and client advocacy.

Eligibility for services

  • Developmental disabilities, such as mental retardation, cerebral palsy, head injuries, autism, epilepsy, and certain learning disabilities
  • Conditions must have occurred before age 22, with the expectation that they will continue
  • Persons with these disabilities must be substantially limited in their ability to function independently
  • Live in Bates, Cass, Clay, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, or Ray counties

Kansas City Regional Office
821 East Admiral Boulevard, P.O. Box 412557
Kansas City, MO 64141
816-889-3400
1-800-454-2331
http://www.dmh.mo.gov/kcrc

Marillac

Marillac is a psychiatric treatment center for children up to age 17. This facility offers residential treatment, psychiatric hospitalization, substance abuse treatment and therapeutic education to children with special emotional and behavioral needs. Our programs are based on a philosophy of care that recognizes our children’s trauma and works to help them resolve these issues so they may return to the community as contributing members.

Marillac
8000 W. 127th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213-2714

913-681-5437 (913-681-KIDS)
For Children’s Psychiatric Hospital of Marillac, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week

816-508-3300
For all other services
http://www.marillac.org

Mattie Rhodes Center

Individual, Group and Family Counseling
Individual, group and family counseling, as well as psychiatric services, are available in Spanish and English for those struggling with a variety of mental health issues. Services are provided to clients of all ages, including children. The therapists, counselors and clinical social workers, most of whom are bilingual, are licensed and hold Master’s degrees.

Nuevo Amanecer Substance Abuse Program
Provides prevention, education and treatment to youth, adults and families struggling with substance abuse related problems. Certified, bilingual substance abuse counselors provide services in Spanish and English.

Counseling Center and Administrative Offices
1740 Jefferson Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
816-471-2536
http://www.mattierhodes.org

Nova Center

The Nova Center provides services for children and adolescents with severe developmental disability. These services include group homes, supplemented living situations, school services, treatments, parental training and in-home behavioral therapy.

Nova Center
12604 South 3rd
Grandview, MO 64030
816-761-8614

Ozanam

Campus-Based Programs
Residential Treatment Program
Designed for adolescent males and females ages 12-18 contains 60 beds including 10 beds designated specifically for the treatment of sexual abuse. In addition, Ozanam’s campus Group Home for boys ages 14-18 offers 12 beds that are located in a home-like setting

Day Treatment Program
Designed for adolescent males and females ages 10-18 utilizes Ozanam’s fully accredited, on-campus school.

Community-Based Programs
Family Focus Program
Offers a family-intensive model of treatment consisting of up to 90 days of residential care, followed by an in-home aftercare program of up to 180 days.

Pathways Transitional Living Program
Provides supervised and scattered-site apartments for up to 50 youths, ages 18-21, with programs in both Kansas City and Wichita.

B.I.S.T. School Consultation Services
(Behavior Intervention Support Team) educates teachers in more than 250 schools in nearly 50 school districts throughout the Midwest.

From the very beginning of its mission, Ozanam’s goal has been to help children and families heal and reach their full potential as healthy and productive members of our society.
http://www.ozanam.org

ReDiscover

ReDiscover is a nonprofit community mental health agency that offers a full spectrum of programs and services for people whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness and/or substance abuse. ReDiscover helps men, women, and children who have limited income, no insurance, or who are under-insured. ReDiscover offers 24 hour access and crisis intervention.

ReDiscover offers a full spectrum of residential and outpatient programs and services for people in the communities of Jackson County, Missouri and beyond, including South Kansas City, Grandview, Raytown, Lee’s Summit, Midtown Kansas City and more.

Call 816-966-0900 for 24-Hour Access and Crisis Intervention

Lee’s Summit
901 NE Independence Ave
Lee’s Summit, MO 64086
816-246-8000

South Kansas City
6801 E. 117th Street
Kansas City, MO 64134
816-966-0903

Kansas City
620 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-931-6500
http://www.rediscovermh.org

Spofford

From residential treatment to school-based case management, Spofford meets the needs of at-risk children and their families with a comprehensive array of treatment programs.

Residential treatment
Through behavior management and individual, family and group therapy, their residential treatment program provides comprehensive therapeutic treatment services for children, ages 4’12, with emotional and behavioral disorders due to mental illness or trauma from abuse or neglect.

SCAMPS summer day camp
SCAMPS is a summer day camp that provides fun and therapeutic activities for elementary school children ages 7-12 whose behavioral difficulties tend to result in unsuccessful and dangerous interpersonal exchanges.

School-based case management
Based on research by the Doris Duke Charitable Trust and the National Center for the Study of Social Policy, a school-based case management program is offered in collaboration with area school districts to identify the needs of at-risk students and to facilitate access to community resources to address them.

Additional services
Clients participate in a variety of services such as:

  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Family respite
  • Child Spiritual Life programs
  • STARS (Specialized Treatment for Abuse Reactive Sexual Behaviors)

Spofford
9700 Grandview Road
P.O. Box 9888
Kansas City, MO 64134-0888
816-508-3400
1-877-806-3400 toll free
http://www.spoffordhome.org

Swope Health Services

Child/Adolescent Services provides an array of services and programs to assist families in handling the concerns they face with children and adolescents. Their primary goals are to provide services that promote the mental health of children and their families, enable families to stay together, keep children successful in school and create strong bonds between the family and the community.

Swope offers programs for the following conditions

  • Depression
  • Academic problems
  • Acting out (refusing to follow rules, outbursts of anger, fighting, etc.)
  • Anxiety
  • Parenting problems
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Trauma
  • Substance abuse
  • Hyperactivity

Swope provides a variety of comprehensive services listed below

  • Individual, family and group therapy
  • Intensive in-home consulting for all family members
  • Treatment family care homes
  • Respite care
  • Play therapy
  • Behavioral aids
  • Parenting classes
  • Case management services
  • Support groups for parents and children
  • Support services in the schools

Swope Health Services
3801 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64130
816-923-5800
http://www.swopehealth.org/Services/Health_Behavioral.aspx

The Guidance Center

Children may have difficulty succeeding in school or at home for many reasons. Depression, anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), or other conditions can affect a child’s success. Children and families may benefit from professional guidance as they learn to understand the feelings they are experiencing, and make positive choices so that they can feel they are once again in charge of their lives.

The Guidance Center’s services for children and families includes outpatient therapy for children&families and psychiatry services, substance abuse recovery services, psychological testing and evaluations, and specialized services for youth designed to meet the needs of youth suffering from serious emotional and mental difficulties.

Because a child’s parents and family are the most important part of his or her life and have the best opportunity to influence changes, family sessions are always included in the child’s treatment plan. Changes in behavior and emotional well-being can only occur when the active involvement of parents is present. Parents are continuously kept informed of their child’s progress, and are encouraged to support their child through the treatment process.

Atchison County
1301 N. 2nd St.
Atchison, KS 66002
913-367-1593

Jefferson County
1102 Walnut
Oskaloosa, KS 66066
785-863-2929

Leavenworth County Outpatient Services
Community Support and Community Based Services
J. David Kaaz Campus
500 Limit Street
Leavenworth, KS 66048
913-682-5118

Emergency Services
Business hours: (913) 682-5118
After hours: (888) 260-9634
http://www.theguidance-ctr.org

Western Missouri Mental Health Center

Western Missouri Mental Health Center offers services in afamily, group and individual counseling, substance abuse, crisis intervention, group psychiatric therapy, and suicide prevention as well as hospital inpatient care for children and adolescents, mental health aftercare and outpatient psychiatric care.

Through Emergency Services at Western Missouri Mental Health Center, emphasis is placed first on 24-hour observation, diagnosis and treatment before triage to the community mental health system or admittance to the hospital.

Western Missouri Mental Health Center
1000 East 24th St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-512-7000
http://www.dmh.missouri.gov/wmmhc

El Centro, Inc. Youth Development Program

Ages 5-18

After-school activities at El Centro, Inc. build self-esteem, reinforce academic studies and keep children on the right path. Evening peer tutoring matches high school and college age community volunteers with youth in need of academic assistance.

Contact El Centro for more details. Se habla espanol.
Administration Center
650 Minnesota Avenue
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
913-677-0100(phone)
http://www.elcentroinc.com

Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls’all girls’where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

To find a council, visit the website
http://www.girlscouts.org/councilfinder/

Guadalupe Center Youth Program

The primary goal of the Youth Program is to provide Westside youth ages five through twenty with organized year-round athletic and recreational programs. Additionally, GCI strives to develop cultural awareness, creative use of leisure time, and interest in community projects.

The Youth Program provides a wide array of activities for interested Westside youth as well as a variety of clubs like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Guadalupe Center
Sacred Heart Youth Center and Gym
814 W 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
816-221-5226
http://www.guadalupecenters.org/youth_and_recreation.htm

Operation Breakthrough

Ages 6-18

More than 300 children are involved in the after school activities offered at Operation Breakthrough. Some of the services offered include tutoring, homework help, book club meetings, supervised outdoor play, and peer support groups. Operation Breakthrough also provides instruction in special interest areas through a program called “Betsy’s Kids.” This program provides children and opportunity to enhance their talents in karate, computers, sewing, photography, dance, athletics, drama and art.

A summer enrichment program provides children a fun and educational environment when school is out of session. Some of the activities offered include job shadowing with professionals in the community, swimming lessons, field trips, art classes, sports camps, reading programs, community service and performing arts experience.

Operation Breakthrough is a United Way agency which helps children living in poverty reach their greatest potential.

Contact information:
Operation Breakthrough
St. Vincent’s Family Service Center
3039 Troost, Kansas City MO 64109
816-756-3511
http://www.operationbreakthrough.org/

Salvation Army

After School Community Center
The enrichment program at this community center offers after-school tutoring, basketball, weight room, game room, computer instruction and a quiet place for students to do their homework.

Bellefontaine Corps
3013 E. 9th St.
Kansas City, MO 64124
816-483-8484

After School Care
After School Care at Independence offers a variety of activities to choose from, including a computer lab, homework assistance, arts and crafts, music class, bible study, games, sports, girl guards and sunbeams, boys adventure corps and more. Dinner is also available in this program. Note: After School Care in Independence does close during the Christmas season due to a lack of space with other seasonal services.

Independence Corps
14700 E. Truman Road
Independence, MO 64050
816-252-3200

Biddy Basketball
At the Olathe Corps, the gym is busy with young basketball players competing in a healthy, supervised environment. The basketball league has 1,300 participants from kindergarten through seventh grade. In the fall, a basketball program is open to younger children, kindergarten through 3rd grade, while grades 4th through 7th meet from January to March.

Olathe Corps
420 E. Santa Fe
Olathe, KS 66061
913-782-3648

KEY (Keep Encouraging Youth) Program
This program designed to reach at-risk students from Westport Middle School, meets weekdays after school at the Westport Temple Corps. Activities for both boys and girls include field trips, sports, Bible study, crafts and instruction in a variety of areas, from positive role models. The purpose is to offer these youth productive and fun after-school activities as an alternative to the destructive forces out on the streets.

Westport Temple Corps
500 W. 39th
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-753-7173

For more information, visit the website
http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org

YMCA Before and After School Programs

Ages 5-12

YMCA Before and After School Child Care offers a curriculum that appeals to children and at the same time teaches confidence, encourages self-expression and enriches social development. Daily topics include character development, health and wellness, homework support, literature and literacy, arts and humanities, science and technology.

YMCA Kids Clubs are associated with school districts in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. In addition to Before and After School Care, YMCA also offers No School Days, Summer Day Camps, Kids Night Out, Kids University, and Aquatic and Sports activities.

Tuition varies slightly between school districts.

People who participate in the YMCA Financial Assistance Program include

  • Youth referred by schools, churches and organizations
  • Adults who are temporarily out of work
  • Individuals who are experiencing financial hardships
  • People on fixed incomes
  • People who are overwhelmed by medical bills

We also provide special assistance to our military personnel and their families.

For more information, contact the YMCA.
3100 Broadway Street, Suite 1020
Kansas City, MO 64111
816-561-9622
http://www.ymca-kc.org

Youth Friends Mentoring Program

School-aged children

YouthFriends volunteers are caring adult role models from the community who volunteer with young people in schools, grades K-12. The goal is to help students achieve success, both academically and socially.

A child is matched up with a Youth Friends Mentor through his/her school district. Youth Friends will meet for one hour, once a week, either one-on-one or in a small group.

More information about Youth Friends is available on the website:
http://www.youthfriends.org/howYFworks/letter.html

Boy Scouts

The purpose of the Boy Scouts of America is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.

To find a council, visit the website
http://www.scouting.org/Applications/LCLFull.aspx

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

Ages 5-18

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City provide a fun and safe environment for children between the ages of 5 and 18 to learn, play and grow. The clubs offer enrichment programs for nearly 10,000 youth each year in five core areas: Character and Leadership; Education, Technology and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; Fitness and Recreation; and The Arts.

Membership fees are $15 per school year and $125 for the 10-week summer program. There are five locations serving the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

Eastside
5101 E. 24th Street
Kansas City, MO 64127
Phone: 816-241-5252
Monday through Friday 2:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Hawthorne
16995 E. Dover Lane
Independence, MO 64056
Phone: 816-257-7010
Monday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Leslie
315 South Leslie
Independence, MO 64056
Phone: 816-461-1422
Monday-Friday: 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Thornberry
3831 E. 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64130
Phone: 816-861-6300
Monday-Friday: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.; 2:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Saturday: Special Activites

Wyandotte County (Breidenthal)
1240 Troup
Kansas City, KS 66102
Phone: 913-621-3260
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday&Friday: 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: Special Activities

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City
http://www.bgc-gkc.org

Camp Barnabas

Ages 7-17

Camp Barnabas is a non-demoninational Christian faith-based series of week-long camps aimed at giving children with disability or disease a experience that is fun, restorative, and inspirational. Each term offered targets children with specific physical disabilities, developmental disabilities or chronic illness. Siblings of affected children are also welcome at this camp.

Cost of attendance:
Tuition $600, Registration Fee $50
Camp Barnabas offers limited sponsorships to help offset this burden. We are one of the very few non-denominational Christian camps in the country where children with serious illnesses or disabilities, and their siblings, can attend regardless of their ability to pay.

Camp Barnabas
Rt. 2 Box 131
Purdy, MO 65734
417-886-9800 (Springfield office)
http://www.campbarnabas.org

Don Bosco Youth Development Center

Ages 5-20

The Youth Development Center provides a safe and supportive environment for youth to participate in a variety of activities and programs that support education, encourage growth and increase community involvement. The Youth Development Center offers tutoring, summer camps, intramural sports, afterschool programs to name a few.

Contact the Don Bosco Youth Development Center for more information. Se habla espanol.
Youth Development Center
548 Brooklyn, Kansas City, MO 64124
816-691-2984
http://www.donbosco.org