If you are 21 years or younger and in need of immediate help, call (316) 262-HOME or go to any QuikTrip, fire station or anywhere you see the Safe Place logo and ask an employee to call our Street Outreach staff.
Wichita Children's Home

Services

From the moment they arrive, helpless infants to hardened teenagers are shown kindness and consolation. Our staff attends to each child's immediate needs, providing a warm bath, nutritious food, clean clothes and medical care.

Although more than 2000 children are admitted each year, the Home's mission extends beyond providing only crisis intervention services. At WCH, our services are comprehensive and outcome-oriented, with an eye to creating stronger individuals and healthier families.

Services for our residents include, but are not limited to:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Medical care
  • Family mediation
  • Parent education
  • Peer counseling
  • Case management
  • Behavior modification
  • Round-the-clock victim counseling
  • Street outreach to homeless and at-risk youth
  • Drug & alcohol abuse education, prevention, assessments and referrals
  • Life-skills training and assistance in preparing for and obtaining employment

Short to Long-Term Care: Extended Programs

Emergency Shelter

Emergency Shelter

Every year, around 1,500 children, ages newborn to 17, are admitted to the Home by law enforcement because they are homeless, abused, neglected, abandoned or runaways. Younger children from newborns through 12 years old are transferred to one of our emergency foster care homes with open arms, while teens age 13 - 17 years old stay at The Home for the first 72 hours (excluding holidays and weekends) while their case and any allegations are investigated by Kansas Department for Children and Families.

Emergency Shelter
Foster Care

Foster Care

To meet the needs of children in crisis, the Home depends on caring resource families to assist in providing supervision, physical care, recreation, transportation, nutrition and a stable environment; while at the same time, the professionals at WCH focus on ensuring the child's safety.

Become a Foster Parent
BRIDGES

BRIDGES

BRIDGES is a multi-site program providing safe and stable housing, counseling, education, life skills coaching and vocational preparation for 16 to 21 year olds facing challenges such as “aging out” of foster care, pregnancy and homelessness.

BRIDGES
Gerard House

Gerard House

The Gerard House Program provides stable housing and supportive services to pregnant and parenting teens to give them and their babies a healthy start.

Gerard House

Youth Anti-Homeless Initiative

Safe Place

CrossRoads Emergency Shelter

CrossRoads Emergency Shelter is a program that provides runaway, homeless and at-risk youth who are 18-21 with a safe place to sleep.

CrossRoads Emergency Shelter
CrossRoads Drop-in Shelter

CrossRoads Drop-in Shelter

The Wichita Children's Home's newest program is the CrossRoads Drop-in Shelter located at 1110 N Emporia St., Wichita, KS 67214. CrossRoads is a low-barrier drop-in center for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth who are 21 or younger. Here, youth are able to access free WIFI, eat two hot meals a day, shower, do laundry, and work with knowledgable and caring staff who can help secure them housing, employment, ID cards, and referral services.
Open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

CrossRoads Drop-in Shelter
Street Outreach

Street Outreach Service (SOS)

The Street Outreach Program, is a community service providing rescue and support services to lost, runaway and homeless children as well as children involved in sexual exploitation and human trafficking. In a crisis, please call (316) 262-HOME any time, day or night.

Street Outreach Service
Safe Place

Project Safe Place

Safe Place provides 24-hour access to counselors through a hotline number. Area QuikTrip convenience stores serve as safe places for youth and children 12 - 21 years old who are in danger or need someone to talk to during a crisis. If you are in need of immediate help, call (316) 262-HOME.

Project Safe Place
CrossRoads Teens

CrossRoads Teens

The CrossRoads Teens program provides emergency shelter and community-based support to youth 17 and under that have runaway, are at risk of running away, or at-risk of/experiencing homelessness.

CrossRoads Teens

Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative

Dakhil Safe Home

Dakhil Safe Home

WCH is a leader in the fight against the sexual exploitation of children. Our Dakhil Safe Home is Kansas’ first and only Emergency Shelter for victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Dakhil Safe Home
Garver House

Garver House

The Garver House serves as a long-term placement option for female youth (ages 10-17) who have been identified as victims of human trafficking or are considered to be at risk of human trafficking. It is a comprehensive living program intended to walk with residents as they journey through the stages of struggle, growth, and success. Our primary goal is to empower these young women to heal and reclaim their lives.

Garver House

Community Outreach

Kidzcope

Kidzcope

Kidzcope provides peer-based grief support for children (ages 3 to 18) and their caregivers at no cost to the family. Reflective listening, discussion-based activities, and expressive arts help each individual give outward expression to their grief. The nine-week program provides a safe environment and supportive network, allowing each family member to build connections with peers, learn life-long coping skills, alleviate feelings of isolation, and gain tools for reconnection and communication within the family.

Kidzcope

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