Sunflower House
15440 West 65th Street
Shawnee KS 66217
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 6315800
Fax 913- 6315885
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.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Michelle S. Herman
Board Chair Mr. Steve Howe
Board Chair Company Affiliation Johnson County District Attorney
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1977
Former Names
Johnson County Coalition for the Prevention of Child Abuse
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Thank you for your interest in Sunflower House, A Child Advocacy Center serving Johnson and Wyandotte counties. As you may know, our mission is to protect children in our community from physical and sexual abuse through education, advocacy, and forensic services. In order to fulfill this mission, Sunflower House offers a wide variety of programs and services to the community including education for children and adults about child abuse and personal safety, assistance with the investigation of abuse cases and therapeutic interventions for abuse victims.

  • Sunflower House relies on the financial support of our community and encourages monthly giving.  To become a member of the Petals of Promise monthly giving program, visit our website at  One-time gifts are also welcome. 
  • People give their time for many reasons. Whatever your reason may be, we have volunteer opportunities at Sunflower House that will make a difference in your life.  In turn, our volunteers make a vital difference in the lives of our staff and most importantly, they make an impact on those we serve.
  • Our volunteer scope includes office administration, general maintenance, educational outreach, artistic ventures, and special events. To be considered for volunteer opportunities at Sunflower House, please visit our website and sign up at
  • Finally, Sunflower House has a wish list on the website for in-kind donations that can be used by families.
Financial Summary
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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 2018, Sunflower House provided 606 child-sensitive, legally defensible interviews with 582 children and provided 472 non-offending caregivers with information and referral services through a meeting with a family advocate. 
  • Sunflower House provided child-abuse prevention education to more than 22,000 children and 3,000 adults in the 2018 calendar year.  Of the children educated, 97 percent indicated that that they would report unwanted contact to a trusted adult and 100 percent of adult training attendees reported that that they planned to talk with their children about personal safety concepts. 
  • Finally, 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.  Since 2015, Sunflower House received VOCA funding allowing 3 mental health therapists to provide free therapy to victims and families through a contract with PACES of Wyandot, Inc. During the 2018 calendar year, 256 children and their families received 2158 hours of trauma-focused therapy.  
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
Child Abuse Prevention
Children's and Youth Services
Victims' Services
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

For more than 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 complex and complicated systems. 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 few 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 addition to the range of educational programming designed to teach children personal safety, we also have recently 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.

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 20,000 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 child education programs are the Happy Bear Play for young children, a follow-up personal safety program called Think First & Stay Safe for elementary ages, and E-Safety for Middle School Students. Additionally, Mandated Reporter Training, Keeping Kids Safe Online, the Child Protection Project and Stewards of Children, all available and designed to increase adults' awareness of child abuse and their knowledge of abuse recognition, response and critical child protection strategies. 
Program Budget $317,585.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), Families
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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 leadership.
Examples of Program Success
  • More than 20,000 children received age-appropriate prevention education in 2018.
  • Following Happy Bear presentations, 98 percent of children ages four to seven correctly identified “welcome” and “unwelcome” touches, indicated knowing to tell an adult and could name safe adults to whom to report.
  • More than 3,000 adults received information on recognizing and preventing abuse of children
  • 100 percent of adults attending training indicated they learned new information and would report suspected abuse to the appropriate authorities
  • 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 or other Sunflower House educator 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 550 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 $1,049,876.00
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Child Abuse Prevention
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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. Children and families are able to heal from their trauma through therapeutic and mental health services. 
Program Success Monitored By Clients (non-offending caregivers) are surveyed following their initial visit to Sunflower House and again several 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
  • 582 children received child-sensitive forensic interviews in 2018.
  • 472 non-offending caregivers met with family advocates for resources in 2018.
  • 256 children and their families received free, on-site mental health treatment in 2018.
  • 97 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.  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.
Former CEOs
Ms. Brenda R Sharpe M.S.Nov 1994 - June 2004
Ms. Cynthia SmithJuly 2005 - Feb 2010
Senior Staff
Title Child Assessment Program Director
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.
Paid Full-Time Staff 14
Paid Part-Time Staff 3
Paid Contractors 5
Volunteers 650
Retention Rate 95%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 2
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 21
Male 0
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
  • Wyandotte County District Attorney
  • Johnson County District Attorney
  • Wyandotte 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
National Children's Alliance - Full Member2004
External Assessment and Accreditations
National Children's Alliance - Accreditation2015
Outstanding Crime Victim Service OrganizationKansas Attorney General2002
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Steve Howe
Company Affiliation Johnson County District Attorney
Term July 2015 to Dec 2021
Board Members
Ms. Jody AdamsWeavers Auto Center
Mr. Anthony ArnoldAcademy Bank
Dr. Tanya BurrellChildren's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Mark DupreeWyandotte County District Attorney
Ms. Sheri GarnerTurner School District
Ms. Katie Gates CalderonShook, Hardy & Bacon, LLC
Ms. Claire HillmanShook, Hardy, & Bacon
Mr. Stephen HoweJohnson County District Attorney
Mr. John JenningsKiewit
Ms. Jeanene KieslingKC Fraternal Order of Police, KC Police Memorial Fdntn
Mr. Frank KorandaPolsinelli
Ms. Natalie MeuhlbergerSt. James Academy
Major Curtis NicholsonKansas City Kansas Police Department
Mr. Keegan OdleBurns & McDonnell
Ms. Karla SchulteJohnson County Community College
Mr. Greg SheltonShafer, Kline & Warren
Ms. Tina ShipmanRonald W. Nelson, PA
Mr. Tad SmithSymplr
Ms. Vandra SolomonCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Barry SutherlandMcCarthy Building Companies
Mr. Jack WinstonBKD, LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 82%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
CEO Comments Since 2016, Sunflower House utilizes an Emerging Leaders group that includes approximately 15-25 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.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
Projected Revenue $1,533,269
Projected Expenses $1,533,269
Endowment Value $113,381
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$726,252$294,084$402,451
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$9,318$2,640$11,164
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$176,078$34,853$90,606
Revenue In-Kind$21,981$29,155$69,554
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,233,510$559,267$919,238
Administration Expense$87,220$60,596$128,718
Fundraising Expense$163,153$89,807$187,592
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.950.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%79%74%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$2,608,077$2,546,453$2,556,084
Current Assets$439,127$511,641$611,698
Long-Term Liabilities$0$28,439$27,008
Current Liabilities$59,532$54,583$41,278
Total Net Assets$2,548,545$2,463,431$2,487,798
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.389.3714.82
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%1%1%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Federal Victims of Crime Act Victims Assistance Program $176,126 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Children's Advocacy Centers Grant Program $86,702 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Health Care Foundation Applicant Defined Grant $66,100 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Other Documents
Organization Name Sunflower House
Address 15440 West 65th Street
Shawnee, KS 66217
Primary Phone (913) 6315800
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Michelle S. Herman
Board Chair Mr. Steve Howe
Board Chair Company Affiliation Johnson County District Attorney
Year of Incorporation 1977
Former Names
Johnson County Coalition for the Prevention of Child Abuse