Governor Laura Kelly Announces $6.5M in Grants for Sexual and Domestic Violence Programs, Child Advocacy Centers, CASA Programs

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced nearly $6.5 million in state grants have been awarded to continue improving services for adult and child crime survivors.

The funding comes from State General Funds and will go toward nonprofits offering counseling, shelters, the statewide language-accessible crisis line, safety planning, advocacy for sexual and domestic violence survivors, and training for community-based direct service providers.

Governor Kelly has long supported funding for violence prevention services. Last year, the Governor successfully pushed to fund Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs through the State General Fund to ensure stable funding for the program.

“We have a responsibility to do all we can to protect victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Governor Kelly said. “These grants will strengthen our services and provide support to those who need it most.”

Children’s Advocacy Centers coordinate investigation and intervention services for abused children by bringing together professionals and agencies across disciplines.  Funding ensures staff is trained in conducting sensitive forensic interviews of child abuse victims and providing advocacy services for victims and non-offending caregivers. The funds are also used to coordinate multi-disciplinary case review teams to improve services.

CASA Programs recruit, train, and support citizen volunteers to advocate in court for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Grant funds are used to train staff and volunteers to help abused and neglected children obtain a permanent and safe placement. The volunteers advocate for the best interest of a child by providing information in court to assist judges with making the most well-informed decision for each child.

2023 State General Fund for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Grant Awards

County Organization Name Grant Award
Allen Hope Unlimited $150,056
Barton Family Crisis Center, Inc. $246,190
Butler Family Life Center $90,563
Crawford Safehouse Crisis Center $247,189
Douglas The Sexual Trauma and Abuse Care Center $128,597
Douglas The Willow Domestic Violence Center $231,148
Ellis Options:  Domestic & Sexual Violence Services $212,972
Finney Family Crisis Services $119,329
Ford Crisis Center of Dodge City $71,010
Harvey Harvey Co. Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force $239,774
Johnson SAFEHOME $266,975
Leavenworth Alliance Against Family Violence $79,570
Lyon SOS $227,666
Reno BrightHouse $143,799
Riley Crisis Center $394,430
Saline Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas $367,043
Sedgwick Catholic Charities, Harbor House $186,413
Sedgwick StepStone $69,672
Sedgwick Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center $283,894
Sedgwick Wichita Family Crisis Center $204,147
Seward Liberal Area Rape Crisis/Domestic Violence Services $188,348
Shawnee Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence $422,408
Shawnee YWCA Center for Safety & Empowerment $238,421
Wyandotte Friends of Yates $347,595
Wyandotte Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault $174,154
  TOTAL $5,331,363

2023 Children’s Advocacy Centers Grant Awards

County Organization Name Grant Award
Allen Hope Unlimited $53,645
Barton Family Crisis Center $62,528
Butler Sunlight Children’s Services $50,632
Cloud North Central Kansas CASA $14,346
Crawford Children’s Advocacy Center $49,798
Ford Meadowlark House Child Advocacy Center $33,808
Harvey Heart to Heart $48,150
Johnson Sunflower House $116,115
Leavenworth First Judicial District CASA Association $47,117
Lyon SOS $45,751
Reno Horizons Mental Health Center $68,321
Riley Sunflower CASA Project $35,984
Saline Child Advocacy and Parenting Services $39,940
Scott Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center $48,253
Sedgwick Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County $120,879
Sedgwick Children’s Advocacy Centers of Kansas $60,275
Shawnee LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center $63,982
  TOTAL $959,524

2023 Casa Grant Awards

County Organization Name Grant Award
Allen CASA of the 31st Judicial District $6,881
Barton Central Kansas CASA $7,417
Bourbon Bourbon County CASA of the 6th Judicial District $7,384
Butler Tri-County CASA $8,379
Cloud North Central Kansas CASA $5,761
Douglas Douglas County CASA $15,169
Ellis CASA of the High Plains $5,223
Finney Spirit of the Plains CASA $7,203
Ford CASA-Children Worth Saving $6,554
Franklin CASA of the 4th Judicial District $4,750
Geary CASA of the 8th Judicial District $9,576
Harvey CASA: A Voice for Children $6,668
Johnson CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties $38,518
Leavenworth First Judicial District CASA Association $7,592
Lyon SOS, CASA of the Flint Hills $10,195
Phillips CASA of the 17th Judicial District $4,495
Riley Sunflower CASA Project $13,746
Saline Child Advocacy and Parenting Services $8,587
Sedgwick Roots and Wings, CASA of Sedgwick County $15,155
Shawnee CASA of Shawnee County $15,217
  TOTAL $204,470