The Cabinet is the designated lead agency for federal CBCAP services: Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention. In this role, the Cabinet coordinates a comprehensive system of services for children and families across the state. Each year a request for proposals outlines the vision for programming, which seeks to fund innovative and evidence-based services that reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect, and help families provide safe, stable, and nurturing environments. The grantee report details the work of CBCAP fund recipients, demonstrating that we are reaching children before abuse occurs, especially those who are at the highest risk.
Circle of Security
Circle of Security serves at-risk children birth to 5 and their families, focusing on creating healthy family attachment through counseling and home visiting.
Circle of Security is a genuine community collaboration involving the Franklin and Miami county health departments, primary care physicians, public schools, and Infant-Toddler Part C Early Intervention agencies. In-center and in-home sessions of Circle of Security interventions are provided, establishing healthier attachments, improved child behavior, increased nurturing from parents, and less stressful home life for all members of the community.
Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids
Focuses on a multi-component parenting education effort offered to the high-risk families at two public housing complexes.
Healthy Parents, Healthy Kids includes the Incredible Years program (parent training), Conscious Fathering classes (preparing men for the challenges of fatherhood), and the Child of Mine program (prenatal and infant care education). All programs are designed to work together to collectively address the five protective factors outlined in the Strengthening Families research.
Drug Endangered Child
Mothers struggling with substance abuse receive comprehensive support in this program that serves children (pre-natal/birth up to age 5) who have a parent who is currently using or has recently used substances.
The Drug Endangered Child program in Topeka supports mothers in overcoming substance abuse and making lasting changes in their family’s functioning. The program includes early identification of substance-using parents and intensive support to families facing multiple challenges.
Wichita Crisis Nursery
This respite care program provides quality child care for families facing an emergency. It serves children birth to age 5, single parents at risk for homelessness, and families in crisis.
The Wichita Crisis Nursery program strengthens families by promoting safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments to ensure strong starts. This respite care program provides quality child care for families facing an emergency that may jeopardize the safety and well-being of a child. Case managers assist families in accessing a wide range of resources to identify a family’s needs, including medical and mental health referrals, and parent education.
Family Support Project
Children ages birth to 5 who are homeless or at risk for homelessness receive support through this program focused on helping families find housing through intensive case management.
The Family Support Project addresses the needs of those experiencing, or at risk for, homelessness. The project addresses the most basic provisions of shelter before tackling other areas of need. Once housing or rental assistance is secured, families begin intensive case management and services.
This program serves children ages birth to 5 and their families by supporting law enforcement when called to a family’s home for suspicion of abuse or neglect.
The Response Advocate program employs case managers, working side-by-side with local law enforcement, to assist families identified as at-risk for child maltreatment. A Response Advocate visits a family’s home when there has been involvement with law enforcement. Families receive home visiting, goal setting assistance, and referrals to other community resources, including courses on preventing child abuse and neglect, basic child development, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Statewide Grantee Profiles
Through eight programs, the Kansas Children’s Service League seeks lasting change around the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of Kansas parents and families.