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For over 120 years, the Kansas Children's Service League has been giving our best to Kansas kids. Our early work centered on finding homes for abandoned, abused, neglected or orphaned children. It stemmed from a then-radical belief that children grew up best in family homes, not in orphanages or homes for wayward children. Today we continue our efforts in education and prevention while preserving our mission, to protect and promote the well-being of children.
KCSL is a statewide, COA accredited, not-for-profit agency that works to prevent child abuse, strengthen families and empower parents.
BECAUSE KIDS DON’T COME WITH INSTRUCTIONS...
The Parent Helpline is a free, anonymous information and referral service. It’s a voice on the other end of the line who can empathize with what you are going through. It’s a trained person who will listen and offer support to help you with simple questions or complex situations. The Helpline is ready to help parents and youth through many situations. There’s no question too small or problem too big. The Helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can refer you to services anywhere in Kansas. Call the Parent Helpline whenever you have a question or problem or when you feel frustrated, upset or confused.
COMMON CALLS INCLUDE:
• Parenting questions
• Development milestones (infant crying, toilet training, tantrums, etc.)
• Referrals to community resources
WHO CALLS THE PARENT HELPLINE?
• Parents with children of all ages
• Anyone who needs advice/support relating to children
• Professional social workers and counselors
WHO ANSWERS THE PARENT HELPLINE?
Staff members and trained volunteers of the Kansas Children’s Service League answer the Parent Helpline - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year. There is an option for the caller to choose either English or Spanish. Parent Helpline staff and volunteers have referral information regarding services throughout the state.
No one knows kids better than the Kansas Children’s Service League. For more than 100 years, we’ve provided a continuum of programs and services, advocated for children, and collaborated with public and private agencies to impact the lives of more than 40,000 children and families each year. KCSL is dedicated to providing services and advocacy efforts that focus on keeping children safe, families strong, and communities involved.
At Kansas Children’s Service League we believe that bullying is a form of child abuse – peer to peer. Each day the impact of bullying is felt in school and community settings across the nation. It negatively affects the lives of both the bullier and the target. No longer simply considered “kids being kids,” bullying and its prevention has become a critical issue for schools, communities, and parents alike. In conjunction with SuEllen Fried, a nationally recognized bullying prevention expert and founder of BullySafeUSA, KCSL offers an innovative range of learning opportunities for students, educators, parents, and community members. This research-based program has been evaluated by Rutgers University and the University of Kansas. It has proven to be effective in reducing the instances of certain types of bullying behaviors, increasing students’ factual knowledge of bullying and their sense of witness responsibility. To learn how you can begin a bullying prevention program in your school or community or for rates and availability contact us at 877-530-5275 ext. 1343.
If you have questions about a bullying situation please call our 24 Hour Parent & Youth Resource Hotline at 1-800-332-6378 or 1-800-CHILDREN. This anonymous hotline is staffed by trained professionals and volunteers who listen to each caller’s concerns and seek to provide the caller with resources that can assist them. We strive to provide connections, empower people and transform our culture to one of kindness. The Parent & Youth Resource Hotline has the capability to communicate with all non-English speaking callers. We may also be reached by text or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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