A-OK Pawn, Cash, and Retail stores are located in Wichita, Kansas. Whether you want to buy, sell, trade, or are in need of financial services like check cashing, bill pay or short-term loans, with five main locations, A-OK is the place for you!
The Kansas Children’s Service League is coordinating an effort to bring The Period of PURPLE Crying® Program to parents and communities across the state. The Period of PURPLE Crying® is an evidenced-based prevention program offered by the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. The program approaches Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) / Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) prevention by helping parents and caregivers understand the frustrating features of crying in normal infants that can lead to shaking or other infant abuse.
The primary messages of The Period of PURPLE Crying® are:
- Crying is a part of normal child development. At about two weeks of age, babies may start to cry more each week until about two months when they begin to cry less each week. Crying up to five hours a day is not unusual.
- Ways to comfort a crying child include carrying, comforting, walking, and talking to the baby. If it’s too frustrating it is OK to walk away for a short period of time.
- Never shake or hurt a baby. It can cause blindness, seizures, disabilities and death.
- Be careful who you have care for your baby. If the person has problems handling frustration or has a quick temper, it may be dangerous to leave your child with them.
- Share The Period of PURPLE Crying® with your child's other caregivers.
A-OK Charities FAQ
Q: What are the characteristics of a successful adoptive or foster parent?
Most importantly, the ability to care for, support, and love a child who is not biologically your own. Other important characteristics are stability, maturity, dependability, flexibility, and a sense of humor.
Q: Do I have to be married to adopt?
No. Many adoptive parents are single, divorced or widowed.
Q: Do I have to be a homeowner to adopt?
No. You may be a renter or home buyer, live in a house, an apartment, or mobile home. Your home will have to be safe, and you’ll need to have enough room for every member of your family.
Q: Do I have to make a lot of money?
No. In fact, most adoptive parents have very modest incomes. Furthermore, subsidy programs may be available to assist you with the costs of caring the child you adopt. Financial aid programs such as medical cards, tax credits, grants, and other support payments may also apply.
Q: Who are the children available for adoption?
Most children are age eight and above, and come from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The children are in foster care after being removed from their birth families’ homes in most instances due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Parental rights have been terminated or relinquished as it has been determined reunification with the birth family is not possible. Many of these children are waiting for adoption with their siblings, hoping for a family that will keep them together. Some of these children have special needs.