Success Stories

KidsTLC recently received a grant for $11,150 from the Johnson County Young Matrons Foundation to support its Therapeutic Recreation and Development program which serves children in the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) and Sanctuary programs. KidsTLC’s PRTF program’s primary purpose is to treat the effects of complex trauma in children and youth ages 6-18.  Children served in this program are victims of intense traumatic experiences such as abuse, neglect, and/or family disruption and are diagnosed with one or more mental illnesses.  It has become a model for successful treatment state-wide to address the rising number of children struggling with mental health issues.  In addition to the PRTF program, in mid-2015 KidsTLC opened a new residential unit called the Phoenix Sanctuary to provide a more short-term residential option for children.  The program is a 15-bed unit providing short-term, residential crisis stabilization and respite for children and adolescents ages 6–17 who are in crisis. These children are experiencing moderate social, emotional, family, or placement problems.  The services within the Sanctuary are aimed at preventing youth from entering state custody and higher levels of mental health care.  The Phoenix Sanctuary has 24-hour client care, intake support, and psychiatric consultation as needed. The program utilizes the same philosophy of care as for children in long-term care in the PRTF.

Powell Gardens was recently awarded a $500 grant from the Lee’s Summit Rotary to support the Trails Tales program. The Trail Tales program is a new collaborative effort between Powell Gardens, the Mid-Continent Public Library, and the Rabbit Hole, Kansas City's future children's literature museum and “Explorastorium.” Trail Tales will feature...

Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) recently received a grant for $20,000 from the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of Clay County – Capital Grant Program to refurbish the changing rooms that serve the therapeutic pool in the Children’s Center Campus. Funding will be used to refurbish the changing...

KidTLC was recently awarded a $2,500 grant from the Flo Harris Foundation to support their Thriving Families Program (previously Street Outreach Services SOS program). Bullying, depression, suicide, and unrealistic demands on children and families can lead to overwhelming levels of family distress. Inability to access appropriate services is one of the biggest barriers for families who are homeless, Spanish-speaking, or have mental health issues. Barriers can include limited knowledge of how/where to access services, cultural stigmas surrounding health issues, lack of knowledge about what services are available or how to pay for services, and transportation to services.

Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the American Century Foundation to provide operating support to ensure CCVI can deliver quality programming for children with blindness and visual impairment. Funding will support education programming for children including: provide operating support to ensure...

Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) recently received a grant for $100,000 from the North American Saving Bank to support onsite in-service trainings as well as local, regional, national, and in some cases international outreach opportunities. Funding from the North American Saving Bank will support the cost of...

Children’s Mercy Hospital recently received a grant for $60,253 from the Health Forward Foundation to achieve physical and mental well-being for families, caregivers, and children with medical complexity by providing an eight-week, mindfulness-based stress reduction group for parents. Funding will support staff costs, facility costs (rental space), and program...