Parenting Programs

These are COMBAT-funded programs with a parenting emphasis or component.

Amethyst Place Prevention Prgrams

AMETHYST PLACE PROGRAM -- Prevention programming is delivered through Amethyst Place's Family Empowerment and Therapeutic Support Programs. The Family Empowerment Program provides prevention services related to child abuse (e.g. Parent Cafes, Strengthening Families, and Conscious Discipline programming), domestic violence (e.g. Healthy Relationships programming), drug use prevention (e.g. recovery coaching and meetings, Caring for Kids prevention), ex­offenders and violence (e.g. court advocacy), parenting and family interventions (e.g. Parent Cafes, Strengthening Families, and Conscious Discipline). The Therapeutic Support Program helps families heal from past trauma, stabilize mental health and improve parenting skills. Amethyst Place serves Jackson County mothers and children overcoming generational poverty, substance use, and trauma. In 2020, this included residential services provided to 50 women and 103 children, as well as 55 program graduates in aftercare services.

Arts@UICS - Child Centered Creativity

UNITED INNER CITY SERVICES PROGRAM -- Arts@UICS Child Centered Creativity (C-3) is an art-focused behavioral intervention program developed to expand exposure to the arts while providing behavioral health supports for students. The program uses lay art therapy practices to support children who are exhibiting maladaptive behaviors in the classroom. C-3 provides students designated time in the arts to work on social skills and build confidence in small groups or individually with a teacher. Based on documented observations, students who have participated in C-3 have decreased disruptive and withdrawn behaviors in the classroom. Arts@UICS aligns with several of COMBAT’s Anti-Violence Areas of Focus, including 1) programs that work with victims of violence, including families experiencing domestic violence; 2) high-risk students identified by schools; 3) children of incarcerated parents; and 4) programs that address bullying—including targets of bullying and those bullying others.

CAPA Healthy Families Jackson County

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION ASSOCIATION PROGRAM -- CAPA's mission is to prevent and treat all forms of child abuse and neglect by creating changes in individuals, families and society that strengthen relationships and promote healing. CAPA's prevention programming includes Healthy Families Jackson County (HFJC), a voluntary, home visitation program open to families in Jackson County from the time they are prenatal until children reach the age three. HFJC uses the Healthy Families America model to provide in-depth services to families on a weekly basis. The primary goal of the program is reducing instances of abuse, maltreatment and violence against children by providing comprehensive support and education for new mothers. Research shows that the best way to prevent child abuse is by helping to facilitate safe and healthy homes for children.

Child Protection Center

CHILD PROTECTION CENTER, INC. PROGRAM -- The mission of the Child Protection Center (CPC) is to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse. The CPC accomplishes its mission and program purpose by providing forensic interviews, family advocacy and mental health services to children ages 3-17 living in Jackson County, who are victims of sexual and physical abuse or who have witnessed a homicide or violent crimes and their non-offending caregivers. The CPC’s Program ensures that children who are victims of child abuse or witness to violent crimes are properly identified, that their statements are made through forensic interviews, and that they are ensured access to all necessary mental health treatments and social supports as soon as possible. In 2019, the CPC served 807 victims of child abuse. Of those, 672 were from Jackson County.

DeLaSalle Violence Prevention

DELASALLE EDUCATION CENTER PROGRAM -- DeLaSalle’s Violence Prevention program is a multifaceted approach to Prevention, Intervention, and Restoration to best serve DeLaSalle’s students. DeLaSalle’s proactive approach to violence prevention includes offering on-site programming with support from Camp Fire Heartland and school-initiated strategies during school hours as well as after school hours—with off-site programming at organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and having staff or mentors dedicated to be available and/or respond immediately to situations at all times of the day, night, or weekends. Programs offered during the hours from school dismissal to the evening will provide positive interactions with other students and adults, as opposed to these hours often being the times students are most susceptible to negative influences in their lives. In addition, DeLaSalle will teach to the socio-emotional competencies that are life long and all day skills.

Hickman Mills Hope Hangout

HICKMAN MILLS PREVENTION COALITION -- The project provides supportive services for students at high risk of violence or affected by violence between 12 – 20 years of age and their families who are from the Universal, Selected, and Indicated populations to the Hangout within Hickman Mills School District's Burke Academy. Students are reffered by the school district, KCPD South Patrol, Youth Court and Family Court. Due to Covid-19, the students are being assigned to Hope Hangout for virtual and physical support every day of the week (with the exception of Sunday) through the school year and four days a week during the summer. The hours Monday through Friday are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and noon to 3:00 p.m. on most Saturdays. Hope Hangout offers academic support, mental health support, youth leadership development, parenting classes and mentoring, and a safe space to dwell daily in South Kansas City.

Independence STRIVIN' Initiative

COMMUNITY SERVICES LEAGUE PROGRAM -- In 2017, CSL began its work in the Hawthorne Place Apartments & Townshomes providing employment coaching, financial coaching and income supports/direct assistance. In a little over three years, the program has grown to include Family Stability Coaching, forming a community group to create a Trauma Informed/Resiliency Community Plan, working with Independence Police (IPD) to create a Crisis Response Plan, and working with IPD and Hope House to begin door-to-door outreach for domestic violence victims. The Independence STRIVIN' area has expanded to include Northwest Indepenence and Sugar Creek. Located in the heart of this community, Blendwell is the CSL Work Life Center.

Ivanhoe East Quadrant Safety Initiative

IVANHOE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL PROGRAM -- The Initiative is focused on reducing violent crime and preventing conditions that contribute to violence in a targeted area of the Kansas City neighborhood, east of Highway 71 between Euclid Street and Prospect Avenue from 31st to Cleaver Boulevard. As the progress continues, the Initiative’s focus will expand west along major streets, including the 39th Street corridor where Ivanhoe continues to develop housing, mixed-use and commercial projects. The ultimate goal is to eliminate defined “hot spots” for crime along Prospect and deter crime in emerging areas of development. Through a collective impact strategy, Ivanhoe will work with residents and adjacent neighbors to meet four primary outcomes: 1) Increased neighborhood social cohesion, advocacy and organization; 2) Improved neighborhood capacity and sustainability; 3) Decreased violent crime and illegal activities 4) Increased long-term economic development projects and investment.

KC Public Schools Defy The Odds

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROGRAM -- Kansas City Public Schools is partnering with the Kansas City Police Department’s Gang Intelligence Squad, the Mattie Rhodes Center and the Center for Conflict Resolution to offer the Defying the Odds program in the Northeast neighborhood. The program’s focus will be on more than 350 students identified as being 100 times more likely—than the average American—to have their lives be touched by violence. Each of these students will be placed in a one-to-one mentoring program, and all the students in the Northeast schools will be involved in activities to help mitigate the risks of them being the victim or perpetrator of violence. The training will also be made available to parents and the surrounding neighborhood.

KC Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)

KANSAS CITY MUNICIPAL COURT PROGRAM -- The purpose of the Kansas City Truancy Court is to ensure that children between the ages of 7 and 17 are in school as mandated by law. The Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) is designed to improve the school attendance of youths who are referred to the program by their school districts and to empower parents and guardians who were cited for their children not attending school as directed under the compulsory law while also giving resources to the families as needed. TIP seeks to identify barriers to school attendance and provide support to the parent or guardian and children, resulting in regular school attendance, improvement in academic performance and possible behavior change. The program strives to provide parents or guardians with community resources to overcome the challenges of getting the children to school daily.

Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention

MATTIE RHODES CENTER -- The Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) program at Mattie Rhodes Center (MRC) focuses on promoting protective factors, facilitating multicomponent interventions  and mobilizing community-wide strategies that mediate the risk factors of violence. The goal is to reduce violence and educate the participants in positive life-skills, conflict resolution tactics, cultural awarenes and community appreciation to instill self-esteem, hope, and purpose to the youth and families in Kansas City’s Historic Northeast community. VIP targets three tiers of youth in the Northeast neighborhood; 1) youth under the age of 18 residing/attending school in the Historic Northeast, 2) at-risk youth living in a high-risk community, and lastly 3) youth who have begun to display delinquent behavior and are at high-risk of entering the juvenile justice system.

Pemberton Park For Grandfamilies

HOUSING SERVICES OF KANSAS CITY PROGRAM -- Pemberton Park provides housing and case management for grandfamilies. These families comprise two very vulnerable, at-risk populations: elderly caregivers living in poverty and children who have experienced significant trauma. Without interventions, these families would most likely experience violence, bullying at school, drug abuse, involvement with the criminal justice system and be subject to other forms of victimization. Instead, Pemberton Park for Grandfamilies offers these families a safe place to live; provides onsite case management to navigate life's ups and downs; ensures issues that could result in eviction are handled before a family faces homelessness; addresses the complexity of grandparents raising grandchildren; and facilitates therapeutic interventions to create emotionally stability. These interventions, plus the referral network in place and available to the residents, are key to preventing violence.

Operation Breakthrough Bullying Prevention

OPERATION BREAKTHROUGH PROGRAM -- Operation Breakthrough's violence prevention efforts in 2021 mostly will include the Committee for Children’s (research-based) Second Steps and Steps to Respect bullying prevention program for 270 preschoolers (ages 4-5) and 305 school-age children (5-16 years). In tandem with these educational resources, a variety of other interventions and activities will be provided to assist in positive pro-social development for both age groups. By learning to recognize bullying, students increase their awareness of the problem, learn to identify when they or others are being bullied and increase their empathy for bullied students. Giving students a clear message to report bullying sets a positive norm, lets students who might bully know there will be consequences, and supports adults in their efforts to reduce bullying.

Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

CENTERS FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION PROGRAM -- This project brings trauma-informed conflict resolution processes and training and restorative justice practices to children, youth and adults in four COMBAT-identified hot spots. This project serves approximately 600 people in schools, neighborhoods, families and courts. CCR participants are identified as having caused harm or having been harmed. They live, work or go to school in high crime and high violence areas. They have experienced individual, historical, societal, cultural or secondary trauma. Conflict resolution training and processes are a needed aspect of the full-scale intervention COMBAT is creating, making a direct contribution to violence prevention efforts by successfully promoting the idea that conflicts can be resolved without violence. Since conflict can and sometimes does lead to violence, conflict resolution effectively reduces violence.

REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

RECONCILIATION SERVICES PROGRAM -- REVEAL—Restore-Engage-Value-Encourage-Act-Lead—Program offers a comprehensive approach to individual and community healing through evidence-based therapeutic services under the direction of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Reconciliation Services reaches individuals who would not seek therapeutic services elsewhere. The REVEAL Program provides an environment and services that seek to address violence prevention by increasing neighborhood strengths, encouraging pro-social behavior to build community cohesion, and addressing unmet community and individual needs for social and mental health services.

Sheffield Bullying/Violence Prevention

SHEFFIELD PLACE PROGRAM -- The mothers and children at Sheffield Place demonstrate the pervasive, negative effects of severe trauma. Like their mothers, the children bear deep emotional and often physical scars caused by exposure to pervasive alcohol and drug abuse; domestic violence; sexual, physical, emotional and verbal abuse; physical and emotional neglect; neighborhood violence; and the trauma of homelessness itself. Due to the trauma in their lives many of the children at Sheffield Place have the factors that put them at high risk for being bullied and/or bullying. The Bullying/Violence Prevention Project integrates education and skill development to address bullying and violence. The objectives include increasing awareness regarding bullying, teaching skills to combat bullying and empowering children through improved protective factors. The program also increases the mothers' knowledge of bullying and increase parenting skills.

Listed By Agency


    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a parenting emphasis or component.

    Amethys Place
    » Prevention Programs

    Centers for Conflict Resolution
    » Reducing Compound Trauma In Hot Spots

    Child Abuse Prevention Association
    » Healthy Families Jackson County  

    Child Protection Center, Inc.
    » Child Protection Center

    Community Services League
    » Independence STRIVIN' Initiative
    DeLaSalle Education Center

    » DeLaSalle Violence Prevention Program

    Hickman Mills Prevention Coalition
    » Hope Hangout

    Housing Services of Kansas City
    » Pemberton Park for Grandfamilies

    Kansas City Municipal Court
    » Truancy Interventio Program (TIP)

    Mattie Rhodes Center
    » Mattie Rhodes Violence & Intervention Program

    Operation Breakthrough
    » Operation Breakthrough Bullying Prevention

    Reconciliation Services
    » REVEAL Social & Mental Health Services

    United Inner City Services (UICS)
    » Arts@UICS - Child Centered Creativity