Sunflower House
15440 West 65th Street
Shawnee KS 66217
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 6315800
Mission Statement
The mission of Sunflower House is to protect children in our community from physical and sexual abuse through education, advocacy, forensic and therapeutic services. Sunflower House's vision is safe children thriving in nurturing families and communities.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Michelle S. Herman
Board Chair Mr. Frank Koranda
Board Chair Company Affiliation Polsinelli
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1977
Former Names
Johnson County Coalition for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement The mission of Sunflower House is to protect children in our community from physical and sexual abuse through education, advocacy, forensic and therapeutic services. Sunflower House's vision is safe children thriving in nurturing families and communities.
Background Statement In 1977, the Kansas Chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse was founded as a county-wide volunteer organization to provide the community with education and advocacy to prevent child abuse and neglect. Later named the Child Abuse Prevention Coalition (CAPC), the agency expanded its programs to reach thousands of professionals, parents and children as young as preschool age, with child abuse prevention education. With support from the Junior League of Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, local Kiwanis chapters and founders Dr. Lynn Sheets and Pat Phillips of KU Med, the Sunflower Children's Center was incorporated in 1994 to reduce the trauma experienced by child abuse victims by encouraging a child-friendly, multidisciplinary approach to child abuse investigations, through the implementation of the "children's advocacy center" model. In January 1997, the CAPC merged with the Sunflower Children's Center to better respond to the needs of child abuse victims in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties. The new organization was named Sunflower House - A Child Abuse Prevention Center. This merger allowed Sunflower House to expand abuse prevention efforts in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties (now reaching over 20,000 people annually), and to develop our unique child assessment services to provide children in both counties a safe place to disclose their abuse. Since 1997, thousands of children and their families have visited Sunflower House, where they received coordinated, child-sensitive forensic investigation services, family advocacy, medical and mental health referrals, and crisis intervention and support through the Child Assessment Program.  In 2002, Sunflower House opened its new home in Shawnee to better serve children and families in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. In its new location, Sunflower House has created a private, safe and comfortable environment for children to share the most intimate details of their abuse. Sunflower House also hosts on-going training for professionals and the community using video teleconferencing in its state-of-the-art training rooms.
Impact Statement
  • In 2016 Sunflower House provided 484 child-sensitive, legally defensible interviews with 445 children and provided 395 non-offending caregivers with information and referral services through a meeting with a family advocate. 
  • Sunflower House provided child-abuse prevention education to 17,124 children and 2,768 adults in the 2016 calendar year. Of those educated, 790 participants were provided prevention education in Spanish. 
  • Sunflower House recognizes the important part mental health plays in the trauma healing process and actively seeks to enhance mental health services available to victims and families.  In late 2015, Sunflower House received a VOCA grant allowing 3 mental health therapists to provide free therapy to victims and families through a contract with PACES of Wyandot, Inc. During the 2016 calendar year, 164 children and 79 caregivers received mental health services.  
Needs Statement
  1. General operating support, especially for salaries for administrative and development staff and building maintenance.
  2. Financial support for prevention education to protect children from sexual abuse as well as training for parents and professionals on how they can recognize and report abuse.
  3. Financial support for forensic interview services.
  4. Volunteers to work in a variety of roles, including administration, fundraising/special events, program services, and building and grounds maintenance.
Service Categories
Children's and Youth Services
Victims' Services
Child Abuse Prevention
Areas of Service
KS
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

In January 2017, Sunflower House celebrated our 20th anniversary! For two decades now, we have been coordinating child physical and sexual abuse investigations to reduce redundancy and providing advocacy for the children and their families that help them navigate a complex and complicated “system”.  From the beginning of my time as leader of Sunflower House it has been my vision to see each and every child that comes to us following their report of abuse begin their healing process by immediately accessing the mental health therapy that is necessary to heal the effects of the trauma they have endured. 

Over the last four years, we developed a solid collaboration with PACES, a reputable children’s mental health agency in Wyandotte County. Through this collaboration we first hosted therapists from PACES to provide services at our site; and today we contract with three of PACES’ therapists dedicated solely to working with children and their families seen at Sunflower House.  
In 2016 we also developed a new training program for caregivers that is focused on teaching those in our community about child sexual abuse in a very real way.  This training is gaining traction and is being requested by community groups all the time.  Both of these are instances of how Sunflower House continues to meet the needs of the families that it serves and is dedicated to making an impact on child abuse for Johnson and Wyandotte Counties.
Programs
Description The Child Abuse Prevention Education program is designed with the idea that the best way to help our children is to prevent child abuse and promote early identification and intervention for abuse victims. Sunflower House staff annually educate approximately 17,000 Wyandotte and Johnson County children about recognizing, resisting and reporting abusive behavior. Sunflower House also provides yearly training for the people most likely to recognize a child in danger, including more than 3,000 parents, school personnel and early childhood professionals each year.
 
Specific programs are the Happy Bear Play for young children, a follow-up personal safety program called Think First & Stay Safe, e-Safety for Middle School Students, Mandated Reporter Training and Stewards of Children, all designed to increase adults' awareness of child abuse and their knowledge of abuse recognition, response and critical child protection strategies.  In 2015, Sunflower House began developing a new parent education program called the "Child Protection Project" to educate all caregivers about how to protect their children from sexual abuse.
 
Program Budget $299,482.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families,
Short-Term Success Adult and adolescent participants increase their awareness of child abuse and neglect. Parents talk with their children about personal safety and abuse prevention. Mandated reporters of abuse are knowledgeable of child abuse indicators and reporting procedures. Children are knowledgeable of strategies to recognize, resist and report abuse.
Long-Term Success Extensive community education efforts will result in a reduction in the incidences of child abuse occurring in the community and earlier identification of victims when abuse does occur.
Program Success Monitored By Formal evaluation instruments (surveys) are administered to both child and adult program participants. Data is recorded and regularly reviewed by program staff and volunteer leadership.
Examples of Program Success
  • More than 17,000 children received age-appropriate prevention education in 2016.
  • Following Happy Bear presentations, 95 percent of children ages four to seven correctly identified “welcome” and “unwelcome” touches
  • Nearly 3,000 adults received information on recognizing and preventing abuse of children
  • 99 percent of adults attending training on mandated reporting indicated they would report suspected abuse to the appropriate authorities
  • As well, extensive research shows children who participate in personal safety programs are more likely to disclose abuse. We are fortunate enough to hear stories from children who come to Sunflower House for a forensic interview following a difficult disclosure of abuse that they made the decision to tell someone about the sexual abuse they experienced because Happy Bear came to their school and told them how important it is to tell a trusted adult and that the abuse wasn't their fault.
Description Sunflower House provides a safe and child-friendly environment for approximately 500 children annually to tell the most difficult details of their abuse experience to trained, caring professionals, receive referrals and support as well as trauma-focused therapy. Our investigation, child protection, prosecution, medical and mental health partners in Johnson and Wyandotte Counties have agreed to use Sunflower House as the host organization to conduct their important work. This collaborative effort reduces the trauma to the abused child and strengthens the quality of the investigation, making it more likely that the child will be protected and their perpetrator will be held accountable.  The support and therapy services offered help to put the child back on the road to healing.
Program Budget $928,911.00
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Child Abuse Prevention
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Caregivers of abused children are knowledgeable of, and secure, about specialized mental health treatment, medical care and other community resources to help aid in the healing process. Child abuse investigations are child sensitive and legally defensible. Professionals involved in abuse cases enhance communication and teamwork.
Long-Term Success Abused children and their families resolve the abuse crisis. Children are safe from further abuse by their perpetrators.
Program Success Monitored By Clients (non-offending caregivers) are surveyed following their initial visit to Sunflower House and again 2-weeks following their visit.  Professionals involved in abuse cases complete an extensive evaluation tool to measure execution of child-friendly services and determine that services meet investigative and prosecutorial standards.
Examples of Program Success
  • 445 children received child-sensitive forensic interviews in 2016.
  • 395 non-offending caregivers met with family advocates for resources.
  • 96 percent of caregivers who responded on the initial caregiver survey reported that they felt that they knew what to expect with their situation facing them after their visit to Sunflower House.
CEO Comments There is no other agency in Wyandotte and Johnson County providing a multi-disciplinary approach to abuse investigations. Sunflower House is highly trained and sought after to present at the annual state and national child abuse conferences. Currently, we are collaborating with Children's Mercy Hospital to provide highly specialized child abuse medical exams at their South facility.  We also offer our expertise to physicians for pediatric patients presenting with abuse injuries. These consultations are done by reviewing records online and in the emergency room.  The staff is dedicated, not only to best practices, but sharing this expertise with other professionals. A contract with the PACES program in Wyandotte County also provides trauma-focused therapy services for families as Sunflower House.  We regularly host workshops and “lunch and learn” sessions with our partners, many which provide CEU, LEU and MEU’s. Sunflower House is fortunate to have a state-of-the-art facility that provides privacy and sanctuary to families suffering from the trauma of abuse.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Michelle S. Herman
Term Start May 2010
Experience Michelle Herman joined Sunflower House in May 2010 after 18 successful years as CEO of Quakerdale, a large state-wide non-profit agency serving children and families in Iowa. During her tenure at Quakerdale, Herman oversaw the agency’s vast programs including, family and children services, residential treatment, emergency shelter, day treatment, foster care, adoption, and family counseling. Herman’s responsibilities as CEO of Quakerdale included the oversight of 5 campuses across the state of Iowa, a staff of 150, an operating budget of $6.5 million and an endowment of over $9 million.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Ms. Brenda R Sharpe M.S.Nov 1994 - June 2004
Ms. Cynthia Smith July 2005 - Feb 2010
Senior Staff
Title Child Assessment Program Director
Experience/Biography
Cindy Riddell recieved her Bachelors in Social Work in 1990 from The University of Kansas. She began her career in 1991 with The Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) in Leavenworth, Kansas. She was a child abuse and neglect investigator and foster care worker. She then transferred to the Olathe, Kansas SRS office where she was a child abuse investigator until she became a unit supervisor in 1998. In 2006 Cindy left the state and began working with DCCCA Family Preservation in the Kansas City Region. She had many responsibilities throughout her years with DCCCA including Treatment Coordinator, Assistant Program Director and Program Director. She received her Masters Degree on Social Work from the University of Kansas in 2008. Cindy also started the Community Service Grant with The Department for Children and Families (DCF) in the Kansas City Area for DCCCA providing family services and flex funds to families in need. Cindy Riddell joined Sunflower House on 6/9/14 as the Child Assessment Program Director.
Title Resource Development Director
Experience/Biography Sara started as Director of Resource Development in July 2016, after having worked as Development Manager and Grants and Communications Manager with Sunflower House since 2010.  She has worked in grants and fundraising since 2000.
Title Education Program Director
Experience/Biography Bev Turner, Education Program Director, joined Sunflower House in September 2006. In June 2008, she was promoted to Education Program Director. During her tenure, Ms. Turner has conducted training with thousands of children, parents, professionals and community members on a variety of topics such as personal and Internet safety, Mandated Reporting, Abusive Head Trauma and Child Abuse Prevention. As program director, Ms. Turner provides supervision for four Education Program Coordinators and is responsible for administration, tracking and analysis of program outcomes and evaluation measures. Ms. Turner holds Bachelor's degrees in Secondary Education and History from Rockhurst University.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 12
Paid Part-Time Staff 4
Volunteers 595
Paid Contractors 4
Retention Rate 81%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
Wyandotte County District Attorney, Johnson County District Attorney, Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Health/PACES,  Johnson County Mental Health Center, Kansas Division of Children and Families, KC Metro Region 23 Law Enforcement Agencies in Wyandotte and Johnson Counties, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, FBI North American Cyber Crime Laboratory
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Children's Alliance - Full Member2004
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
National Children's Alliance - Accreditation2015
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Outstanding Crime Victim Service OrganizationKansas Attorney General2002
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Frank Koranda
Company Affiliation Polsinelli
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email fkoranda@polsinelli.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Larry Backs Lexmark Enterprise Software
Dr. Tanya Burrell Children's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Mark Dupree Wyandotte County District Attorney
Ms. Sheri Garner Turner School District
Mr. Stephen Howe Johnson County District Attorney
Ms. Jeanene Kiesling KCTV-5
Mr. Frank Koranda Polsinelli
Ms. Natalie Meuhlberger
Major Curtis Nicholson Kansas City Kansas Police Department
Mr. Keegan Odle Burns & McDonnell
Mr. Edgar Palacios Central Exchange
Mr. Thomas Sanford Tradebot Systems
Ms. Karla Schulte Johnson County Community College
Ms. Vandra Solomon Community Volunteer
Mr. Barry Sutherland McCarthy Building Companies
Mr. Jack Winston BKD, LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Meeting Attendance % 76%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Executive
Finance
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
CEO Comments In 2016 Sunflower House began an Emerging Leaders group that includes approximately 15 young professionals that are dedicated to advancing the mission of Sunflower House through community engagement and fundraising as well as learning more about nonprofit leadership.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $1,444,255
Projected Expenses $1,375,357
Endowment Value $113,381
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$423,310$347,345$456,887
Government Contributions$402,451$427,300$389,871
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$402,451$427,300$389,871
Individual Contributions------
$134,171$126,932$121,832
$28,836$33,002$39,054
Investment Income, Net of Losses$11,164$9,996$20,015
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$90,606$39,785$107,612
Revenue In-Kind$69,554$59,100$38,029
Other$0$174$670
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$919,238$924,673$934,985
Administration Expense$128,718$71,994$68,989
Fundraising Expense$187,592$225,934$225,245
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.940.850.96
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%76%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%24%21%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,556,084$2,680,495$2,857,678
Current Assets$611,698$671,123$811,988
Long-Term Liabilities$27,008$19,115$17,554
Current Liabilities$41,278$21,824$31,428
Total Net Assets$2,487,798$2,639,556$2,808,696
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities14.8230.7525.84
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --State of Kansas Children's Advocacy Center $166,305 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Federal Victim's of Crime Act $120,286 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City $78,539 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Name Sunflower House
Address 15440 West 65th Street
Shawnee, KS 66217
Primary Phone (913) 6315800
Contact Email info@sunflowerhouse.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Michelle S. Herman
Board Chair Mr. Frank Koranda
Board Chair Company Affiliation Polsinelli
Year of Incorporation 1977
Former Names
Johnson County Coalition for the Prevention of Child Abuse