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
Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative
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
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
Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) provides short-term care for youth waiting to be reintegrated with their family or for placement. For a duration goal of 30 days, youth may be placed with a foster family, group home, substance-abuse treatment facility or arrangements for independent living will be made while DCF works out the best course of action for reuniting the family and follow-up services.
Short to Long-Term Care: Extended Programs
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
Gerard House provides residential maternity care to pregnant and parenting teens to give them and their babies a healthy start. It houses up to 10 residents and provides them with easier access to a full spectrum of pre-natal, labor and delivery and post-natal care and support services at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph. Gerard House also complements our Moving Onto Motherhood (MOM) program, which provides targeted case management, counseling and crisis intervention, parenting education, life skills development, academic support and other services for more than 50 pregnant and parenting youth.
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
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
Opportunity Zone (OZ)
The Wichita Children's Home's newest program is OZ — the Opportunity Zone located at 1149 N. Saint Francis St. The OZ is an extension of the street outreach program, providing a place for the youth to take showers, do laundry, get a healthy snack, access the computers and meet with staff.Opportunity Zone
CrossRoads for Runaway and Homeless Youth
CrossRoads is a program for youth (12-17 yrs of age) who are runaway or homeless or contemplating running away from home and their families. Together, they participate in intensive counseling and case management services for up to three weeks, identifying problems that can lead to these issues.CrossRoads for Runaway
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.Safe Place