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Wichita Children's Home

Emergency Shelter (Intake)

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.

Our residential center for children located at 7271 E. 37th St. N., and resource homes are open 24/7 to care for children in crisis. See the types of admissions below.

Types of Admissions

Law Enforcement Admissions & Referral Services

  • For abused, neglected, abandoned or runaway children.
  • Length of stay is up to 72 hours in police protective custody (excluding holidays and weekends).
  • For the protection of the child, no phone or visitation is allowed during this period.
  • SRS, social workers and/or law enforcement investigate the situation and determine future placement of the child.

Temporary Care for Private Contractors

  • For children in SRS custody.
  • For children who are awaiting other placements, such as foster family or group home and/or drug and alcohol treatment. Some children may be preparing for reintegration with family, or independent living.
  • Length of stay goal is 30 days.

Voluntary Admissions

  • Parents may privately admit their children.
  • Service is for families who are experiencing some type of crisis and who are in need of care for their children.
  • Fees are based on family income (sliding scale).
  • Maximum length of stay varies by need.

CrossRoads for Runaway

  • Parents may admit youth or youth may admit themselves into the Children's Home.
  • Runaway youth and their families, participate together in intensive counseling and case management services. During this time the Wichita Children's Home may provide shelter for up to 3 weeks at the Children's Home or implement home based services.