Mission: To nurture and promote the healthy development of young children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma by providing specialized services and family support within a safe and caring environment.
About the Organization: Founded in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1978, the Child Advocacy Services Center, doing business as the Children's Place, seeks to enable the youngest survivors of child abuse, neglect, and trauma to function and thrive.
Current Programs: The Children's Place provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary day treatment program for children under the age of 6 in which each child receives an individualized program of speech and occupational therapy, nutritional assessment, psychological/psychiatric evaluations and diagnosis, play therapy and socialization, counseling, and education. The outpatient treatment services include evaluations and therapy to help parents and caretakers learn healthy and effective coping skills designed to ensure the health, safety, and optimal growth of young children. The organization also offers training sessions focused on child development, the impact of trauma on children's behavior, and indicators of abuse and neglect, and advocates for the needs of young traumatized children at the local, state, and national level as a member of the Kansas City Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition.
Website: Visitors to the Children's Place website can learn more about childhood neglect, how children experience trauma, and how domestic violence and corporal punishment affect children. They can also learn how to support the organization's work by volunteering, donating educational or therapy tools and supplies, and/or making an online donation.
Funding: The Children's Place is funded by government grants, foundations, and individuals.