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Health Department Shawnee County Health Agency

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Main Clinic
2115 SW 10th Street
Topeka, KS  66604
Phone: (785) 251-2488
Fax: (785) 354-4319




Mission Statement: Dedicated to promoting and protecting the health in the community by providing prevention, education, and health care services

8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Monday, Thursday, Friday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm Tuesday
8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Wednesday


  • Childcare Licensing
  • Communicable Disease
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Health
  • Gatekeepers
  • Health Education
  • Immunizations
  • Maternal and Child Health Outreach
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Nurse Family Partnership

Eligibility: Most services are open to everyone, however some programs do have eligibility requirements.  Check with individual program for detailed information

How to Apply: Call (785) 251-2488

Fees: Varies

Funding: Tax support, grants funds and fees for services

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YWCA Youth Programs


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225 SW 12th Street
Topeka, KS 66612 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-1750
Fax: (785) 233-4867


Mission Statement:
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all

Hours: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Kids Quest Services:

  • Kids Quest: 7:00 am – 8:00 am and 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday
  • School Days Out: 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Familiar and safe location in your child’s school
  • Assistance with homework and special assignments
  • Organized games and projects with the emphasis on teamwork and cooperation
  • Focus on healthy eating and lifestyles
  • The sites include Bishop, McCarter, McClure, McEachron, Meadows, Whitson, Avondale West and Williams Elementary Schools

Girls on the Run/Girls on Track:

  • After-school program that works with elementary and middle school age girls on curriculum focused on increasing self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth
  • 10 week program which culminates with 5K walk/run

Eligibility: Kids Quest is available in eight USD 501 schools. School Days Out is available to all school districts. Department for Children and Families assisted families are welcome

How to Apply: (785) 233-1750 or visit the website at

Fees: Fees vary based on age

Funding: Self pay, contributions and grants

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YMCA Youth Sports Programs


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421 SW Van Buren Street
Topeka, KS  66603-3331 (m)
Phone: (785) 354-8591 ext 121
Fax: (785) 354-1611

Lindsay Ransom, Youth Sports Director



Mission Statement: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all

Hours:  Times will vary depending on the program and season


  • Baseball Leagues: K – 2nd Co-ed T-Ball; 3rd – 10th
  • Baseball Camp: 3rd – 6th, 7th – 10th
  • Volleyball Leagues: K – High School, K – 6th, 7th – 12th
  • Volleyball Camp: 2nd – 4th, 5th – 8th
  • Basketball Camp: 2nd – 4th, 7th – 10th
  • Summer Swim Lessons: 5 week sessions
  • Tackle Foot Ball Camp: 2nd – 8th

Eligibility: Ages 5 – 18

How to Apply: Contact the program coordinator

Fees: $42 – $75. Scholarships Available

Funding: United Way and program fees

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West Side Baptist Church Baby Closet

1008 SW 4th Street
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-4241

Pat Carreno, Outreach Deacon

Mission Statement: To provide support and meet the needs of families in the community with children ages newborn to 5 years of age

Hours: Monday 9:00 am – 11:00 pm; Thursday 1:00 pm -3:00 pm


  • Provide clothing, diapers, formulas, and other miscellaneous items
  • Mom’s support group that provides information on parenting development, nutrition, and resources available in the community

Eligibility: Families with children newborn to age 5 years old

How to Apply: Referrals from community programs, or by phoning West Side Baptist Church office at (785) 233-4241

Fees: None

Funding: Donations, and West Side Baptist Church

The Villages, Inc


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7240 SW 10th Street
Topeka, KS 66615 (m)
Phone: (785) 267-5900
Fax: (785) 267-1224

Sylvia Crawford, Executive Director



Mission Statement: To provide emotionally supportive families and homes for children in need and to teach children about conserving and preserving our natural environment.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Homes for juvenile offenders
  • Outdoor and adventure challenge programming

Eligibility: Youth between the ages of 6 – 18

How to Apply: Telephone or write to The Villages, Inc

Fees: Vary depending on service

Funding: Majority of funding through contracts. Partial funding through private donations

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USD 501 Clothing Bank

2424 SE California Avenue
Topeka, KS 66605-1797 (m)
Phone: (785) 274-6026
Fax: (785) 274-4896

Fred Miller, Director

Mission Statement: To provide free clothing to needy children and families in the 501 school district

Hours:  7:30 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday

August 15th – May 15th


  • Clothing reserved for all students who attend USD 501 schools
  • Clothing reserved for all family members of students who attend  USD 501 schools

Eligibility: Must attend USD 501 schools, or their family member must have children or siblings in 501 schools

How to Apply: Contact a counselor or social worker in your school building or call the Clothing Bank directly at (785) 274-6026

Fees: None

Funding: The Clothing Bank is supported by donations only, with no operating expenses

United Way Successful Connections

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1315 SW Arrowhead Road, Suite C
Topeka, Kansas 66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 272-0878
Fax: (785) 273-2467

Sara HortenstineDEC Project Coordinator



Mission Statement: All families with children, prenatal to school age, in Shawnee County will have knowledge of and access to comprehensive, effective, and coordinated community support services that meet their individualized needs to achieve successful outcomes

Hours:  8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Successful Connections has an Early Identification and Referral Team that will meet with pregnant women and families with a new baby, in order to access their needs and connect them to the support services that meet the families need
  • An Inter-agency release form is signed by parents, so that agencies can share information in order to find the best solution possible for family with multiple needs.  Community partners provide weekly updates, which is distributed among the home visitation agencies to include information on availability in the programs as well as upcoming events for families
  • Successful Connections has a community-wide data base that tracks all the families referred and our success in getting the families enrolled in the programs recommended.  This data tells us much about the needs of families in our community, how successful we are at serving these families, and trends that are important to address when writing grants and strategically planning for the future
  • Each month a Brown Bag luncheon is offered on topics that have been requested
  • Successful Connections supports the Shawnee County Early Childhood Collaboration (ECC) and the Kansas Alliance for Drug Endangered Children

Eligibility: Any pregnant woman or family with young children that live in Shawnee County looking for child development or support services.

How to Apply:  Call (785) 272-0878 to set up an appointment

Fees: None

Funding:  JJA, Community Based Child Abuse and Prevention Grant, City and County Funds and other grant funds available


Topeka Youth Project, Inc

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2901 SW Burlingame Road, Suite B
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 273-4141
Fax: (785) 273-9417

Georgianna “George” Wong, Executive Director
Kevin Grieves, BNSF, Board President

Mission Statement: Empowering youth in our community to become productive and responsible adults by providing constructive opportunities to prevent high-risk behaviors

Summer Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Winter Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Two Saturday’s a month 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, various locations

Services: Drug/Alcohol Prevention Programs

  • Jobs for Young Adults: Emergency employment for JJA youth and foster care youth.  Job Readiness/Life Skills training for 16 – 20 year olds.  28 hour workshop covering communication, decision making, problem solving, how to get along with the boss and co-workers, the reality of the world of work. On-line application information, mock interviews, and 6 month follow-up with employers and youth.
  • *Youth Court: First time traffic tickets are referred to the youth court by district attorney and the city attorney.  Sanctions are imposed by youth and upon the defendants completion of the sanctions (community service, sitting on 2-3 juries) the ticket is removed
  • Youth Council: The council is comprised of area high school students, and they oversee the Youth Court as officers of the court.  The council provides various community work projects in Topeka/Shawnee County.  They are also the Mayor’s Advisory Council

Eligibility: Must be in school, graduated or working towards GED. Ages 16 – 20
*Must be in high school and the ticket must be referred and verified it is the first ticket received
*Youth Council and Youth Court are Middle and High School students

How to Apply: On line, or call (785) 273-4141

Fees: Fees range from:
*$0 – $25 based on income
*$75 fee for Youth Court
* No fee for Youth Council

Funding: Businesses, Foundations, City, and County

TDC Learning Centers, Inc

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3500 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 272-5051
Fax: (785) 272-1906

Kerry Tummons, Executive Director

Mission Statement:  To provide early care and education to facilitate the development of children and families to their fullest potential

Hours:  Varies by Center
Full Day Centers: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday, year round
Highland Park Physicians Choice Lab Services: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, when 501 schools are in session
Main Office: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Full-Day Childcare and early education programs for children ages 2 weeks to 6 years
  • Parent-Child Learning Center primarily serving parenting teens who wish to complete their high school education
  • Employer-Sponsored Full day program. Additional drop-in care service now available at 3 locations
  • The TDC curriculum is based on the belief that children are continually learning, both in school and out
  • Classroom activities will provide learning in all areas of children’s development: physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional and creative
  • Regular developmental assessments and reports are built into the program
  • Parents have many opportunities to participate in their child’s education through family fun nights, parent/teacher conferences, Parent Connect groups and more
  • Additional services: Children who are preschool aged also receive free on-site enrichment activities such as kid’s zumba, gymnastics and dance

Eligibility: No special eligibility requirements

How to Apply: Call main office at (785) 272-5051

Fees: Call for current rates.  We are a Department for Children and Families provider and have locations available to accept National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Subsidy and VA Subsidy

Funding:  TDC operates as a non-profit and is supported by parent tuition, Department for Children and Families, The Child and Adult Care Food Program, Shawnee County, City of Topeka, grants, donations and fund raising activities

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TARC, Inc Children’s Services


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2701 Randolph Avenue
Topeka, KS 66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-0597
Fax: (785) 232-2097

Cathie Huckins, Director




Mission Statement: TARC enhances the lives of people affected by intellectual, developmental and related disabilities through commitment to excellence in service, support and advocacy

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Family Service Coordination
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Social Work
  • Transportation
  • Computer and Adaptive Equipment Services
  • Speech and Language Therapy

Eligibility: Call for more information

How to Apply: Call Shawnee County Infant-Toddler Services (785) 233-7374

Fees: None

Funding: Shawnee County mill levy, United Way of Greater Topeka, Medicaid funding, Kansas Department of Education, Kansas Department of Health and Environment and donations

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S.T.E.P.S. Students Trained to Excel with Purpose for Success


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1415 SW Topeka Blvd, Suite C
Topeka, KS  66612-1818 (m)
Phone: (785) 969-8957 or (785) 256-0107
Fax: (785) 422-2470

Sylvia Hopper, Executive Director


Mission Statement:
Utilizing Christian principles, S.T.E.P.S. will provide opportunities for a diverse group of teens and young adults, through mentor led interactive programs, an equitable chance to achieve their full potential. Programs will incorporate the values of dedication, discipline, creativity, self-improvement and leadership abilities.  Participants will connect with others in the community through volunteering, and educational frameworks will assist them on a path towards graduating from high school and/or college.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Mentoring Meetings: 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm


  • L.A.N.D. (Learning About My Neighbors Differences) This program will teach other languages and cultural traditions. Participating in this program will help bring diverse cultures together with a common ground of understanding each other, unification among peers and others in the community
  • A.R.T.S. (Actively Reflecting the Talents of Self) Participants will have the opportunity to learn about various arts such as drawing, singing, photography, poetry, spoken word, dance and science.  Focus will be on learning the history, career potential, aspects, performance, and mentoring in the various arts
  • H.E.L.P. (Hands Everywhere Loving People) Students will volunteer in their community to assist in a disaster situation, with community events, or just cleaning up the neighborhood. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of helping others in need by showing love working with their hands everywhere possible
  • Scholarship Program consists of funds that are given to high school graduates or current college students who are members of S.T.E.P.S., pursuing higher education and have completed specific criteria.  Recipients are awarded scholarship funds in July

Eligibility: Students between ages 13 – 25 years old

How to Apply: Call (785) 969-8957

Fees: $5.00 monthly membership fee

Funding: Community donations, grants and fundraising

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Sheldon Child Development Center – Head Start

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1155 SW Seabrook Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604-1852 (m)
Phone: (785) 438-4530
Fax: (785) 271-3647

Scott Henson, Director/Principal

Mission Statement: To provide a quality, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, child development program for all eligible preschool children and their families encouraging each to develop to their fullest potential

Hours: Children attend morning or afternoon sessions four days a week: 8:00 am – 11:30 am or 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm


  • Early Childhood Educational Programming
  • Certified Early Childhood Teachers
  • Collaboration Services for Special Needs Children
  • Health, Nutrition, and Social Services
  • Transportation
  • Bi-Lingual Staff
  • Parent Involvement Activities
  • Parent Education Activities with GED classes

Eligibility: Income guidelines for children ages 3 and 4 years of age by August 31st set by the federal government

How to Apply: Contact Sheldon Child Development Center – Head Start at (785) 438-4530

Fees: None

Funding: ACYF, Head Start Bureau: federal and In-Kind Services provided by community partners

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc

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825 SW Buchanan
Topeka, KS 66606-1427 (m)
Phone: (785) 235-6852
Fax: (785) 235-3170

Nancy Johnson, CEO/Executive Director
Connie Cook, House Manager
Michelle Connolly, Business Manager



Mission Statement: Ronald McDonald House Charities lifts children and families to a better tomorrow by providing a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children and young adults receiving medical care in Topeka, Kansas.

Hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Services:  Established in 1988, our facility includes eight bedrooms with full baths, a large dining room, double kitchen, comfortable living area, family room, laundry room, play yard and off-street parking.  Facility is handicap accessible.

Eligibility:  Guests must be referred by physician, nurse or social worker to stay at the house.  Eligible families must live outside the city limits of Topeka.  Most of our families are parents of premature infants but we also host families of pediatric intensive care and adolescent mental health patients.  In addition, we open our doors to cases of pre-term, high-risk pregnancies and Neo-Natal adoptions.  Because the house is a communal living environment, guest must meet several basic health and legal thresholds to be eligible to stay.

Fees:  We request a donation $15 per room per night.  However, no eligible family is turned away due to inability to pay.

Funding:  Individual and corporate donations, grants and other sources

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621 SE Swygart
Topeka, KS  66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 235-9296 ext 126
Fax: (785) 290-3200

Elmer Robinson,  Program Coordinator

Mission Statement: Strengthening school families and their communities through partnerships

Hours: Regular business hours, Monday – Friday
(12-month program)


  • Health and information services
  • Direct services including those related to vision needs, school supplies and other supportive services promoting school attendance and educational achievement
  • Back-to-School Fair
  • The First Tee® of Shawnee County

Eligibility: Low-income elementary school families attending schools served by the program

How to Apply: Contact Elmer Robinson, program coordinator

Fees: None

Funding:  Federal, state, local funds and private donations

Prevention and Recovery Services – Youth Programs

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2209 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 266-8666
Fax: (785) 266-3833


Mission Statement:
Shawnee Regional Prevention and Recovery Services (PARS) is a not-for-profit, voluntary health organization. PARS is committed to helping make our community a place where people of all ages are safe, connected with others and free from the effects of substance abuse.

Prevention And Recovery Services accomplishes its mission through Safe Streets and Prevention Services Department, which houses the Regional Prevention Center of Shawnee and Osage Counties and Evaluation and Intervention Services

Safe Streets creates a healthier community by addressing substance abuse and crime through prevention education and citizen empowerment.

The Regional Prevention Center, or RPC, works with communities to prevent substance abuse and related problems among youth.

Evaluation and Intervention Services offers substance abuse evaluations, referral and case management.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Friday
Evening’s by appointment


  • Evaluation and Intervention program: provides substance  abuse assessments  and evaluations at low/no coast for youth and adults. clients may be referred to educational groups,counseling, or substance abuse treatment. Case Management services available for eligible clients. Medicaid accepted.  For more information call Cheryl at (785) 266-8666
  • Substance Abuse prevention education materials, workshops, presentations, and events for schools, families and community members.

Eligibility: Call (785) 266-8666 for more information

How to Apply: Call above numbers

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Pathway Family Services, Inc (PRTF)

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4101 SW Martin Drive
Topeka, KS 66609 (m)
Phone: (785) 783-8438
Fax: (785) 861-7147

Mission Statement: Different Journey’s. Endless Opportunities

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Services offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week


  • We offer comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment for youth. These Trauma Informed Care programs are designed to provide short-term, intense, focused treatment that is offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Pathway Family Services, Inc. works actively with families, child welfare agencies, hospitals, and community health centers, in collaborative partnership, to offer strengths-based, culturally competent, and medically appropriate treatment designed to meet the individual needs of the resident, including those residents identified with severe emotional and behavioral issues.
  • Trained clinical therapists and staff implement evidence-based therapeutic strategies to treat children and adolescents effectively.  Some of these strategies include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Adventure-Based Therapy, Personal Safety Training, and Anxiety Management.  An educational program approved by the Kansas State Board of Education is provided by USD 437.  The educational program is free of charge and is appropriate to the needs of each student.

Eligibility: Forty-nine beds: 29 males and 20 females serving youth ages 6 through 18. Highly structured environment. Medicaid provider and provider agreements with SRS and JJA.  We accept private referrals from families.

How to Apply: To send referral or receive further admission information phone (785) 783-8438 or fax (785) 861-7147.  Accepting private referrals- for more information visit our website

Fees: Based on the Medicaid rate

Funding: Medicaid / Private Insurance

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Parents as Teachers, Inc Topeka Public Schools

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2331 SW Topeka Blvd
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 274-6480
Fax: (785) 438-5974

Rebecca Clancy, Program Coordinator

Mission Statement: Parents are their child’s first and most influential teachers. Parents as Teachers offer parenting education and support for families with children, prenatal through the age of three.  Parents as Teachers is a free early learning program that provides practical, effective ways to encourage learning.

Hours: Flexible, Personal visits and play groups are offered during the day and evening


  • Personal Visits: Certified parent educators, trained in child development help parents understand what to expect as their child grows and develops and suggests activities to encourage learning.
  • Play groups: offered daily Monday – Friday (except when USD 501 schools are not in session) at a variety of times and locations to give parents the opportunity to share an hour of hands-on learning activities with their child.  Play groups take place at the playroom 2331 SW Topeka Blvd (m), 1100 SE Highland (m) and 455 SE Golf Park Blvd (m).  Play groups are offered year round for families with children from birth to age 5 that live in the USD 501 school district.
  • Developmental Screenings: Provides periodic developmental screenings for early detection of potential problems to prevent later difficulties in school.
  • Resource Network: Certified educators’ help families access other needed community services that are beyond the scope of the Parents as Teachers Program.
  • Volunteer opportunities.

Eligibility: Live in the Topeka Public Schools district and are parenting a child prenatal to age 3.  Play groups are for children birth to age 5.

How to Apply: Call the Parents As Teachers office or email us at

Fees:  None

Funding: Kansas Department of Education, The United Way of Greater Topeka and the Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund.

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LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center, Inc

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303 S Kansas Avenue, Suite 2
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-5433
Fax: (785) 232-5434

Kelly Stephens, Executive Director


Mission Statement: To provide and coordinate services to victims of violent crime.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
On call advocacy for medical exams 24 / 7


  • Provides services to children who are victims of sexual and / or physical abuse, or are witnesses to domestic violence and other crimes.  LifeHouse uses various programs to provide help and protection without causing further suffering.  These programs include advocacy during medical exams provided 24 / 7, the Kids in Court program, Project Safetalk, the Shawnee County Multidisciplinary Child Protection Team, and Talking about Touching.
  • The Kids in Court Program provide education and support to children and families going to court.
  • Project Safetalk allows child victims to be interviewed in a child friendly setting that is recorded on DVD, reducing the number of times a child must talk about their abuse.  LifeHouse provides advocacy, information and counseling referrals to their accompanying non-offending parent(s) or guardian(s) at that time.
  • LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center houses a small resource library for victims and families, funded by the Women of Steel.
  • LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center also presents Talking About Touching, A Personal Safety Curriculum in schools and daycares. Also available for teachers, counselors and daycare providers.
  • Shawnee County Multidisciplinary Child Protection Team is facilitated by LifeHouse CAC and is represented by members of the medical, judicial, legal, educational, law enforcement, mental health and human services sectors. The SCMCPT provides expert consultation upon agency referral.

Eligibility:  Victims with open criminal child abuse cases or open Department for Children and Families cases are referred to LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center.  Education providers are welcome to check out the child abuse prevention education curriculum.

How to Apply:  No need to apply

Fees: None

Funding: Grants, fundraisers, and donations

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KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc.

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235 SW Kansas Avenue
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 267-4530
Fax: (785) 266-3428

Renee Lincoln, LMSW NE KS Regional Director


Mission Statement: It is the mission of KVC to enrich and enhance the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral health care, social services and education.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


Foster Family Care
Adoption Services
State Contract Services: Child Welfare and Behavioral Health
Outpatient Services
School-based Family Services
Training and Education 

Eligibility: Call (785) 267-4530

How to apply: Call (785) 267-4530

Fees: Free foster parent training and on-going support

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Keys for Networking, Inc

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2348 S Topeka Boulevard
Topeka, KS  66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-8732
Toll Free: (800) 499-8732
Fax: (785) 235-6659

Jane Adams, Ph.D., Executive Director


Mission Statement: To support and mobilize families who have children with emotional / behavioral problems and the school and community agencies which serve them through training, education, advocacy and system change.

Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Promote family input / involvement on decision making committees and forums which develop and monitor policy, planning and service delivery for children with serious emotional / behavioral problems at all levels of government and policy-making-local, regional, state, legislative, executive and judicial branches.
  • Nurture and support family connections to each other and to quality services.
  • Provide family assistance through information, support and training in local communities resulting in self-advocacy.

Eligibility: Families raising children with emotional / behavioral problems

How to Apply: Call, write or come in person

Fees: None

Funding: State, federal grants and contracts

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Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA)


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517 SW 37th Street, Suite B
Topeka, KS   66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 215-6655
Fax: (785) 215-6699

Julia Thomas, Executive Director


Mission Statement: The Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA) educates, mentors, and supports youth with disabilities in Kansas to be contributing members of their community.

Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy provides empowerment and leadership programs, information and referral, support, and one-on-one goal planning to youth with disabilities, as well as community presentations on disability related topics.
  • Kansas Youth Leadership Forum – A week-long leadership training for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities. Participants learn about leadership, career options, advocacy, goal setting, and more.
  • Empower Me! Challenge – A program for Shawnee County high school students with disabilities. Participants explore themselves, their abilities, and their future.
  • Interns Creating Opportunities Now – A five month paid internship in the Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy Topeka office open only to youth with disabilities. Interns gain employment skills and knowledge about their own abilities.
  • Empowerment Planning – One-on-one meetings with youth with disabilities to assist them with setting and achieving goals for the future.
  • Disability Mentoring Day – a one day job shadowing opportunity for youth and job seekers with disabilities.
  • Community Presentations to groups of all ages on the following topics: disability awareness and etiquette, disability history, advocacy, goal setting, self-esteem, youth empowerment and leadership, and community service.

Eligibility: Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy serves youth, ages 5 – 25, with any type of self – identified disability.

How to Apply: All programs have a separate application. Contact Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy to inquire more about our programs and services.

Fees, if any: All programs and services are FREE

Funding:  Kansas Rehabilitation Services, grants, community contributions, and fundraisers

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Kansas State Fire Marshall Y-FIRE Program

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800 SE Jackson, Suite 104
Topeka, KS 66612 (m)
Phone: (785) 296-3401
Fax: (785) 296-0151

Mende Barnett, Program Director


Mission Statement:  To reduce the death, injury and property loss due to child fire play and juvenile arson fires in Kansas.

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Referral services for child fire setters and their families / caregivers
  • Resources – including Loaner Library
  • Professional Development – education/training for professionals / community partners on juvenile fire setting, fire safety and burn injury prevention
  • Local community coalition building
  • Curriculum packages / materials Preschool to High School

Eligibility:  Anyone needing information, resources, and education or referral services can contact the program for assistance.  Local jurisdictions, often under the direction of the local fire department may have programs to offer dependent upon the area of the state.

How to Apply:  Contact Elena Nuss (785) 296-3403

Fees:  No cost

Funding:  State services are funded by Some local fire departments and other community partners support local efforts.  Federal grants and supporting funds are often available to support state and local programs.

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Kansas Children’s Service League

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3545 SW 5th Street
Topeka, KS 66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 274-3100
Toll Free: (877) 530-5275
Fax: (785) 274-3824

Dona Booe,
President / CEO

Mission Statement: To protect and promote the well-being of children

Hours:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Juvenile intake available to law enforcement 24 / 7


  • Juvenile Intake Services for the 3rd Judicial District: Risk and Needs Assessment; Resource and Referral Services
  • School-Based Truancy Prevention Services: School Liaison; Truancy Prevention Education Project; School-based Community Care (case mgmt); Community Service Alternative Education Program
  • Foster Care sponsorship of a network of family foster homes that provide temporary care for children who have been abused or for some reason are unable to remain with their families
  • Healthy Families Topeka provides new parents with intensive, in-home parenting information and support to promote positive parent/child interaction and build stronger families
  • Oasis – Services for Runaway and Homeless YouthFree and voluntary program to families with children ages 10 through 18 who are at-risk for running away or who have already run away from home.    The program is offered in Dickinson, Geary, Riley, Saline, Shawnee, and Wabaunsee Counties and is designed to prevent youth homelessness, out of home placement and to safely reunite children with their families.  Crisis intervention services provided are aimed at preventing the youth from running away in the future
  • Infant Adoption / From Heart to Home:  Services for both birth parents and families wishing to adopt.  Birth parents call (877) 581-5437; prospective adoptive families (877) 530-5275
  • State AdoptionOperates the statewide Adoption Exchange including photo listing website, information and referral to agencies providing foster care adoption services and support, and public awareness activities promoting adoption through the foster care system.
  • Parent Helpline:  (24 hours) assists parents who are experiencing conflict or seeking to prevent family problems.  1-800-CHILDREN
  • Community Resource Library:  Child abuse affiliates, professionals, and parents can receive or check out a wide variety of information, materials, and videos dealing with children and families
  • Training:  Is provided, via e-learning, to social service and child care professionals, advocates, volunteers and others who work with children and families
  • Advocacy:  Insures that systems, policies, and laws promote and strengthen Kansas children and families while increasing community participation and development of child welfare initiatives throughout the state

Eligibility:  Vary by program, please contact individual program for more information

Fees: Vary by program, please contact individual program for more information

Funding: United Way of Great Topeka, City of Topeka, Shawnee County, state funds, private donations, fees, government contracts and foundation grants

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Junior Achievement of Kansas

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3735 SW Wanamaker Road
Topeka, KS  66614 (m)
Phone: (785) 235-3700
Fax: (785) 235-8507

Matt Shroyer, Business Development Coordinator

Mission Statement:  Junior Achievement will inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Community volunteers go into the classrooms and provide children relevant, hands on experiences that give students from kindergarten through 8th grade knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.  Junior Achievement is Kansas’ largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future and make smart academic and financial choices.

Eligibility: Schools / School districts

How to Apply:  Call (785) 235-3700

Fees:  None

Funding: Private funding

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Heavenly Visions Foundation

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2745 SW Villa West Drive #803
Topeka, KS 66614 (m)
Phone:  (785) 608-3291
Fax:  (785) 408-5713

Yolanda Taylor, President/Photography Instructor


Mission Statement:
To empower and inspire young people to explore their creative abilities, and to learn about the world they live in through photography

Hours: After school program: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Monday – Central Park Community Center
Wednesday – Garfield Community Center
Thursday – Hillcrest Community Center


• Photography training provided to youth – Students utilize training received in photography to capture images of sports and athletic events, other special events, portrait photography, nature photography and various historic sites in the community.

Eligibility: Structural program in photography offered to school age youth ages 8 – 18

How to Apply: Program information and brochures available through Yolanda Taylor at (785) 608-3291

Fees: None

Funding: Donations, fundraisers and grants

Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri

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8383 Blue Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64133 (m)
Tool Free: (800) 728-8750
Fax: (816) 358-5714



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2300 SW 29th Street, Suite 200
Topeka, KS 66611 (m)
Phone: (785) 273-3100

Karen Grode, CEO

Mission Statement: Girl Scouts build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place

Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • In partnership with committed adults, Girl Scout programs help girls develop leadership qualities, build character, learn new skills and gain a strong sense of community
  • Activities are designed to help girls discover their own strengths and connect with friends in a safe environment
  • The Girl Scout leadership philosophy is based on three components: Discovering – Girls learn to understand themselves, their values and using their knowledge and skills to explore the world, Connecting – Caring about, inspiring and teaming with others locally and globally, Taking Action – Acting to make the world a better place

Eligibility: All girls ages Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to join Girl Scouting through the council’s 47 county jurisdiction, including Shawnee County, Kansas

How to Apply: Contact the Council office or neighborhood troop leaders for information on troop or group placement and registration procedures

Fees: Individual registration fee of $12 annually to become a member. Troop dues and other expenses vary.  Scholarships are available

Funding: United Way of Greater Topeka, United Ways in other communities served by the council, individual contributions, grants, and annual product sales

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Florence Crittenton Services of Topeka, Inc

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2649 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS 66614 (m)
Phone: (785) 233-0516
Fax: (785) 233-3806

JoLana Pinon, Chief Executive Officer

Mission Statement: Florence Crittenton Services offers hope for future independence to the troubled young women of Kansas by providing strengths- and skills-based treatment within a therapeutic environment with medical/psychiatric care and educational opportunities – building contributing members to our community.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, 24 hour residential services


  • Psychiatric Residential Treatment
  • Individual Therapy
  • Daily Treatment Groups
  • Medication Evaluation and Management
  • Alcohol and other Drug Treatment
  • On-Site School
  • Skills for managing symptoms in the community.
  • Advocacy for special needs

Eligibility: Must screen for Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF)

How to Apply:  Request Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility screen through your local Community Mental Health Center

Fees: Daily rates of reimbursement established by the State of Kansas

Funding: Private donations, grants and Medicaid

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Family Service and Guidance Center, Inc

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325 SW Frazier Avenue
Topeka, KS  66606 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-5005
Fax: (785) 232-8611

Brenda S. Mills, MSM, CPA,
Chief Executive Officer


Mission Statement: Family Service and Guidance Center provides behavioral health care to children and families, and professional training opportunities in an environment committed to quality, innovation, and effective outcomes.

Hours: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm, Monday – Thursday,
7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Friday, 24-hour crisis services


  • 24-hour crisis services, including mobile crisis services
  • Support groups, including parent-to-parent peer support, support for siblings of mentally ill children, Parent Support and Grandparent Support
  • The Center for Learning Disorders
  • Psychiatric services provided by four Board-certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, and four ARNPs
  • The Youth Development Center program for school-ages children
  • The Early Childhood Intervention Program, including the Preschool Development Center therapeutic preschool, for preschool-aged children
  • Outpatient therapy, including individual, group and family
  • Psychological evaluations
  • Community outreach and education
  • Case management, individual community support and attendant care

Eligibility:  All services are available to all Shawnee County residents 18 and younger, and their families. Many services are available to all children 18 and younger, and their families.

How to Apply: Call (785) 232-5005 for more information or to arrange an admission appointment

Fees:  Family Service and Guidance Center accepts most third-party insurance, Medicaid, Health Wave, and self-pay.  A sliding fee scale based on family income is also available to Shawnee County residents

Funding:  Client fees, federal, state and county aid; private gifts; state and federal grants; United Way of Greater Topeka

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Families Together, Inc

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5611 SW Barrington Court South, Suite 120
Topeka, KS 66614 (m)
Voice & TTD: (785) 233-4777
Toll Free: (800) 264-6343
Fax: (785) 233-4787

Lesli Girard, Program Director


Mission Statement: Families Together, Inc. is dedicated to a society that includes and values all people, encourages, educates and empowers families that include a child / youth with disabilities and / or special health care needs.

Hours: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday (Closed on Fridays from late May to mid August)


  • Parent training and information and family-to-family health care center for Kansas, dedicated to assisting Kansas parents and their sons and daughters with disabilities and/or special health care needs
  • Services include parent assistance, information and referral, workshops, conferences, advocacy support, newsletter, presentations, and lending library
  • Additional Programs: Education Advocate, Child Advocate and Parent-to-Parent Programs
  • Spanish speaking staff available to assist families

Eligibility: Families in Kansas with sons or daughters with disabilities and / or special health care needs

How to Apply: Call (785) 233-4777

 Fees: None

Funding: US Department of Education: Special Education Programs, US Department Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas State Department of Health and Environment, and Kansas Department of  Children and Families.

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education A Program of K-State Research & Extension, Shawnee County

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1740 SW Western
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-0062 ext 119
Spanish: (785) 232-2166
Fax: (785) 232-0093
Email: ljmartin@

Lisa Martin, MPH, RD, LD Family & Consumer Sciences Agent

Mission Statement: Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program empowers homemakers to take charge of their families’ nutritional needs.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program provides nutrition education to families with limited resources with one-to-one visits in the home and/or with group lessons. Lessons focus on stretching food dollars, feeding young children, preparing nutritionally-balanced meals, etc.

Eligibility: Low-income families with young children

How to Apply: Contact the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent

Fees: None

Funding: Federal funds

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Community Advocates for Social Enrichment, Inc (CASE)

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528 NE Lime Street
Topeka, KS 66616 (m)
Phone: (785) 845-5460

Robert Soria, Executive Director

Mission Statement: CASE endeavors to empower and inspire our community by imparting tools and resources for socio-cultural development and by encouraging servant leadership.

Hours: 9:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • LEAD – The Latino Empowerment and Development Program is an educational series of classes designed to impart leadership skills and community pride through servant leadership. In addition, students will learn various networking, social and academic tools to help them succeed in high school and post secondary education
  • Man School – A program designed to meet the needs of at-risk young men who lack many of the skills and personal values that are necessary for the success of mature, fully-functioning men in the community. Participants of the Man School program are likely to not have either the social support or the initiative to reach many goals on their own, have potentially already faced significant setbacks due to problems with the legal system, educational system, and/or come from a dysfunctional home. Man School grew out of a need to not only help young men learn what it takes to be successful, contributing citizens, employees, fathers, and role models, but why these characteristics are vitally important.

Eligibility: LEAD: High school-aged young men and women of any ethnic or racial background. Man School: High school-aged young men of any ethnic or racial background.

How to Apply: Call (785) 845-5460 or Email

Fees: None

Funding: Fundraising events, private donations, private grants

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Easter Seals Capper Foundation (Youth)

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3500 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 272-4060
Fax: (785) 272-7912

James L. Leiker, President & CEO



Mission Statement: To enhance the independence of people with physical disabilities, primarily children

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday, some evening and Saturday services


  • Autism Services and Support Group
  • Infant  Development
  • Kidlink Childcare and Preschool: Children ages 2 and one-half to 6 years are eligible
  • Childcare: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday.  Preschool: 8:45 am to 11:45 am, Monday – Friday.  Lunch, morning and afternoon snacks are provided
  • Pediatric Therapy Services: Physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, individual/family consultations, behavioral services
  • Recreation Services: Adaptive Recreation=Open swim, ARTSTAR, “iCanBike” (formerly Lose the Training Wheels)

Eligibility:  No Eligibility Requirements

How to Apply:  Call (785) 272-4060

Funding:  Supported by voluntary contributions, fee for service, and grants

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Community Action Inc, Head Start / Early Head Start

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2410 E Highland Avenue
Topeka, KS 66605 (m)
Phone: (785) 266-0245
Fax: (785) 235-9564

Amy Blosser, Director

Community Action, Inc. is a grantee for Head Start programs in Shawnee County and offers services for families from the time they learn of a pregnancy until the child is of school age.

Mission Statement: To help break the cycle of poverty facing preschool children in low-income families since 1964.  Today Head Start/Early Head Start is a comprehensive child development program available to income-eligible families at no cost.

Hours: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Preschool: Offered morning and afternoon, Monday – Friday, during the school year
  • Comprehensive preschool for children ages 3 – 5 and child care with partner agencies and home visitation for children younger than 3 years
  • Extended-day child care, 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Parent education, parent support groups, social activities, coordination of comprehensive family support services and referrals to social services
  • Bus transportation to and from Community Action Head Start is provided for children enrolled in the preschool program who live within defined areas.


  • Pregnant women and families with children from age 0 to school-age that have a household income at or below 100% of the federal poverty guideline are eligible for Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Children enrolling in the center-based preschool program must be 3-4 years of age on or before August 31 of the year that they begin attending the center-based program
  • Several factors may be considered in determining selection for the program, including family size, special needs/developmental delays and other family factors
  • Families with children who receive foster care services or have special needs

How to Apply:  Call (785) 266-0245

Fees:  Head Start services are offered at no charge

Funding:  Provided by US Department of Health and Human Services, Department for Children and Families, State of Kansas, Kansas Public Preschool Project and Parents as Teachers

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Christians for Life, Inc Facilitators of the Heart of America Memorial Wall for the Unborn

1216 SE Randolph Avenue
Topeka, KS  66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 267-5777

Barbara Saldivar, Founder & Director

Mission Statement: The purpose of Christians for Life, Inc. is to promote a culture of life by: Facilitating the building of the Heart of America Memorial Wall for the Unborn in Topeka, KS.  The wall will provide healing for post abortive families as well as families wounded by miscarriages and still births.  Providing education of the development of the baby in the womb and providing education concerning adoption.

Hours: We have monthly meetings open to the public that consist of a time of prayer and devotion followed by a short business meeting.  Our meetings are held the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm. Located at the Community Church (Stone Chapel), 1819 SW 21st St. Topeka, Kansas.


  • We offer a place for people to place the name of a pre-born child whom they wish to remember by having the name of said child engraved on the black granite wall placed in the center of the garden
  • People who would care to go through a group or individual bible study concerning post abortion syndrome can be assisted with trained facilitators

Eligibility: Everyone who has lost a child through abortion, miscarriage, and/or stillbirth

How to Apply: Call (785) 267-5777 or see the website, for an application

Fees: We will never turn away a legitimate name.  Our cost to engrave a name on the wall is between $50 to $75.  Any help toward that fee plus any extra to facilitate the memorial park is greatly appreciated.  The bible studies are free

Funding: Public and Private

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Children’s Advocacy Resource Center Kansas Legal Services, Inc

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712 S Kansas Avenue, Suite 201
Topeka, KS 66603 (m)
Phone: (785) 354-8531
Toll Free: (800) 723-6953
Fax: (785) 233-2096

Marilyn Harp, Executive Director
Kellie Hogan, Project Director
Kerrie Lonard, Attorney
Janice Watkins, Paralegal and Outreach Education

Mission Statement: To promote permanency for children involved in Child-In-Need-of-Care (CINC) cases, advocate for Kansas foster care youth, and provide legal education and support.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Guardian Ad Litem Support Center: Offers specialized services for Guardians Ad Litem, such as training, research, sample pleadings, litigation support, and GAL referred representation
  • Foster Care Helpline: Provides legal advice, representation and referral services to foster care children, their foster care families and those involved with the Child in Need of Care (CINC) system

Eligibility: Open to children involved in foster care and other interested parties involved with children’s cases

How to Apply: Call toll free (877) 298-2674 or (785) 234-8345 in the Topeka area

Fees: None

Funding:  Office of Judicial Administration

CASA of Shawnee County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

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501 SE Jefferson Street, Suite 2002
Topeka, KS 66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 215-8282
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Fax: (785) 215-8284

Sarah Terwelp, Executive Director

Mission Statement: The mission of CASA of Shawnee County, Inc. is to utilize volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children and youth involved in the court system. The purpose of this advocacy is to provide a voice for these children in an effort to have informed and expedient decisions made about their future.

Hours: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Certified volunteers who expedite permanency planning by providing the court with an independent, unbiased assessment of the child’s needs and by monitoring the implementation of the decision of the court.

Eligibility: Must be involved in the court system

How to Apply: Referrals from court

Fees: None

Funding: Grants, foundations, individual & corporate contributions and fundraising efforts

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Boys and Girls Club of Topeka

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550 SE 27th Street
Topeka, KS  66605 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-5601
Fax: (785) 234-4512

Dawn McWilliams, Chief Professional Officer



Mission Statement: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

School Year:

  • Adams Unit: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    School days out: 7:30 am-5:30 pm Monday – Friday
  • Seaman School District Units: 7:00 am- 8:45 am and 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    School days out 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday – Friday


  • Adams Unit: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Indian Creek Unit: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday


  • The Club Experience- a safe, positive environment; fun; supportive relationship; opportunities and expectations; and recognition
  • Academic Success
  • Good Character & Citizenship
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Transportation

Eligibility: Any boy or girl age 5 (presently in or who has attended kindergarten) to 18

How to Apply: Complete a membership application at or visit a Club location

School Year:

  • $10.00 per week
  • Reduced Lunch Recipients: $5.00 per week
  • Free Lunch Recipients: $ 2.50 per week
    *scholarships available

Summer Program:

  • Full Price $250
  • Reduced Lunch & Free Lunch Recipients: $175
    *scholarships available

Funding: Local, State, Federal, United Way, Fundraising initiatives & contributions

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Boy Scouts of America Jayhawk Area Council

Boy Scouts of America Jayhawk Area Council

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1020 SE Monroe Street
Topeka, KS  66612-1110 (m)
Phone:  (785) 354-8541
Fax:  (785) 354-8722

Wayne Pancoast, Scout Executive

Mission Statement: To prepare young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout oath and law.

Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday
Scout Shop: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday

Services: Character building, skills development, and leadership development programs based in outdoor educational environment. This program is carried out through seven phases:

  • Tiger Cubs: First Grade
  • Cub Scouting (Wolf): Second Grade
  • Cub Scouting (Bear): Third Grade
  • Webelos: Grades four and five
  • Boy Scouts: Ages 11-18
  • Venturing: Ages 14-21, coed, outdoor extreme adventure program
  • Exploring: Ages 14-21, coed, career oriented program

Eligibility: Boys grade 1 to age 20, Girls ages 14 – 20 in traditional and Exploring programs, all grades and co-ed for in-school programs

How to Apply:  Contact the Council Office to find a program at your school or in your neighborhood

Fees:  $15.00 per year for every youth member and adult volunteer

Funding:  Annual giving, special events, foundations and grants, product sale, project sales, and United Way

Other: All adult volunteers are required to receive youth protection training and are encouraged to become fully trained for the position they volunteer

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Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Topeka

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1119 SW 10th Avenue, Suite 3
Topeka, KS  66604 (m)
Phone: (785) 234-5524
Fax: (785) 234-5527

Nancy Knopp Daniels, Executive Director

Mission Statement: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Serve youth in Shawnee and Jefferson County.

Hours: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • Provide stable, mature, consistent and carefully screened adults to work with children ages 5 – 17 to provide guidance and adult role modeling.  Adult volunteers and children are matched on a one-to-one basis or couples on a two-to-one basis.  Matches are based on residential location, mutual interests and personality preferences. Eligible children should be from single parent households or out of home placement ages 5 to 16 with the permission of the parent or guardian.  Adult volunteers 18 and over.
  • Bigs in School is a school-based mentoring program. The program matches carefully screened adults with elementary school students who read and converse together one day each week during the lunch period at school. Eligible children are referred by their teacher and have the permission of a parent or guardian.  Adult Volunteers are 18 and over.
  • School-based high school Bigs program- Currently offered in Jefferson County.  High school students (Bigs) and elementary students (Littles) meet one time each week under the supervision of BBBS staff for recreation, conversation, bonding and other activities in the school.

Eligibility: School based program is for children in elementary school (limited to certain schools) with permission of the parent or guardian. Community Based program is for children in single-parent or non-traditional families.

How to Apply: Online at or call (785) 234-5524

Fees: None

Funding: Donor supported with help from United Way, City of Topeka Juvenile Justice Authority

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Antioch Family Life Center Children’s Programs

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1921 SE Indiana Avenue
Topeka, KS  66607 (m)
Phone: (785) 232-1937
Fax: (785) 232-2594

Glenda DuBoise, Executive Director



Mission Statement:
To provide a facility within the community through which lives are enriched and enhanced by the implementation of human and social service programs whereby, the socially and economically disadvantaged are empowered through education and training to become self-sufficient.

 Nutritious meals served through USD 501 Food Service during summer program

Light meals/snacks served during faith-based activities sponsored by the Church


  • School Age Summer Children’s Defense Fund
  • Freedom School Reading/Math Enrichment Program, Enrollment necessary
  • Girls Scouts – Tuesdays, 5:00 pm
    Fees: Call (785) 232-1937 for registration information

Faith-Based Services:

  • Kids in Action (KIA) – 3 to 12 years, Tuesdays, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm  Recreation/Character Building/Bible Study/Missions

Eligibility:  All interested Youth – 3 years (preferably potty trained) through 18 years old

How to Apply: Call (785) 232-1937 to register

Fees: None

Funding: Private/public donations

4-H Youth Development K-State Research & Extension Shawnee County

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1740 SW Western Avenue
Topeka, KS 66604 (m
Phone: (785) 232-0062 ext 111
Fax: (785) 232-0093

Candis Meerpohl, 4-H Youth Development Agent

Mission Statement: Kansas 4-H Youth Development uses unique strategies and opportunities to engage youth in reaching their full potential through partnerships with caring adults.
4-H is a network of families that grows great kids.  4-H Clubs are located in Topeka and throughout Shawnee County.

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday


  • 4-H Club Membership
  • 4-H School Enrichment Program
  • Food and Nutrition Programs
  • 4-H Project Education Programs
  • Youth Leadership Development
  • Adult Volunteer opportunities

Eligibility: Youth ages 5-18 years

How to Apply: Contact the 4-H Youth Development agent at (785) 232-0062 ext 111 or visit

Fees: None

Funding: Federal, state and county funds

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Kansas State Fire Marshal Office Y-FIRE Program

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1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 230
Topeka, KS 66612-1274 (m)
Phone: (785) 296-3403
Fax: (785) 296-8645

Elena C. Nuss, Program Director



Mission Statement: To reduce the death, injury and property loss due to child fire play and juvenile arson fires in Kansas.

Hours: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday – Friday

Services:  Referral services for child fire setters and their families/caregivers

Resources: Loaner Library

Professional Development: Education/training for professionals/community partners on juvenile fire setting, fire safety and burn injury prevention.

Local community coalition building

Curriculum packages/materials Preschool to High School

Eligibility: Anyone needing information, resources, and education or referral services can contact the program for assistance. Local jurisdictions, often under the direction of the local fire department may have programs to offer dependent upon the area of the state.

How to Apply: Contact Elena Nuss (785) 296-3403

Fees: No cost

Funding: State services are funded by the Kansas State Fire Marshal Office with support from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Office of Health Promotion, Injury and Disability Section. Some local fire departments and other community partners support local efforts. Federal grants and supporting funds are often available to support state and local programs.

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