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Women children and poverty group visit children s home

Women, Children and PovertyGroup VisitChildren's Home

Felicia Gallegos

Amy Brickman


Wichita children s home
Wichita Children’s Home

  • The Wichita Children’s Home was founded in 1888 as the city’s first orphanage to "support and care for destitute and homeless children.” Today, the Wichita Children's Home offers the only emergency, temporary residential shelter for children in our community. The Home is open 24/7 and serves children from birth to 22 years of age.

Wichita children s home1
Wichita Children's Home

  • Facilities Address: 810 N Holyoke

  • Date of visit:11/5/12

  • Worker interviewed: Beth Thummel

  • Workers job description: Volunteer Coordinator

  • Workers Contact information: (316)681-6704

    Email: [email protected]


  • Temporary shelter: The Wichita Children's Home cares for victims of abuse, abandonment, and neglect, as well as runaways, children facing family crisis, or children who may be at risk in their homes

  • Also the Children’s Home helps teen moms ages 16-22

    • 2 year program

    • They provide transportation and parenting skills classes

    • They help as the young moms go to school


  • Foster Care: To meet the needs of children in crisis, the Wichita Children's Home depends on caring foster families (more recently known as Resource Families) in the community to provide assistance. Their responsibilities include providing supervision, physical care, recreation, transportation, and nutrition in a stable environment; while at the same time the professionals at the Wichita Children's Home focus on ensuring the child's safety


  • Street outreach: TheStreet Outreach Program, funded by United Way of the Plains and the QuikTrip Corporation, is an exciting community service designed to take resources directly to at-risk youths on the street, in community locations such as recreation centers, as well as shopping malls and schools. The Street Outreach program provides youth access to a comprehensive array of services such as crisis intervention counseling, shelter and runaway programs.


  • Bridges: BRIDGES is a transitional living program funded by Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, SRS, United Way and donors to provide services to homeless and runaway youth. The program serves pregnant and parenting clients

Help to keep kids out of wch
Help to keep kids out of WCH

  • Guidance center: families with no neglect and no abuse but is turned in to SRS for large amount of truancy

  • This program helps families stay together with out foster care

  • Some families are great but fall into a little bit of trouble like losing a house or family death. Instead of taking the child out of the “home” this program helps to provide a better home

Steps for new kids intake
Steps for New kids intake

  • Run always or one is dropped off by police officers Children are admitted by parents, law enforcement, social workers and, sometimes, they admit themselves. If a parent is in crisis and has no one to care for their child, on a moment’s notice the Home can be a respite.

  • Paper work

  • Held for 72 hours investigation

  • Newborn- 12 ( held in foster home for 72 hours

  • 13-17 year olds- held on the grounds of WCH

  • Little parent interaction while in the facility

  • Confidentiality is a must!

A day in the shelter
A day in the shelter

  • Breakfast

  • Activities

    • Nails

    • Wii

    • Walks

    • Rooms clean

  • Group: Drug and Alcohol

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Homework- School district tutor: to prevent drop outs

  • After 72 hours stay children are able to go on outings ( movies, ice-cream)

The childs stay
The Childs stay

  • Must keep rooms clean

  • Has chores

  • Gains allowance

  • Has room mate

  • Must do study hall and tutors are available if needed

  • Meals and snacks

Who funds the wch
Who funds the WCH????????


  • Rely on private donors

  • State and Federal Grants

  • Child placing agencies ( if a child needs help for a period of time the agencies pay the home to hold that child and keep them safe until other arrangements are made)


  • United Way

  • Fundraising

Reaction page
Reaction page:

  • Date: 11/5/12

We absolutely loved the children’s home. We had been there before but never knew exactly what it was. We thought it was fantastic how they help kids within the community and surrounding cities. They have programs implemented throughout the community to recognize children in need and get them the help they require, like Quick Trip. Two of our group members have worked at places similar to the Children’s home and it was crazy how they didn’t even compare. At the Children’s home, it was a homey and inviting environment; whereas other places you see are limited to the bare minimum. They make it a point to make the kids feel comfortable and strive to show them that there is something out there for them in this world which is awesome. They aren’t just offering a home for a day or two, they are trying to make them feel good about themselves and that is the first step in getting out of whatever situation they may be in – including poverty.