Kansas Children's Service League
1365 N Custer
Wichita KS 67203
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (316) 942-4261
Mission Statement
KCSL's mission is "to protect and promote the well-being of children." KCSL is a statewide not-for-profit agency.  KCSL's services and advocacy efforts focus on preventing child abuse, strengthening families, and empowering parents and youth.  KCSL is the Kansas Chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America and Circle of Parents, a Kansas multi-site system of Healthy Families America, and a member of the United Way. 
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Dona Booe
Board Chair Mrs. Margaret La Rue
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1893
Former Names
Kansas Child Abuse Prevention Council
Kansas Children’s Home Society
Christian Service League
Shawnee County Family Resource Center
Wichita Child Guidance Center
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement KCSL's mission is "to protect and promote the well-being of children." KCSL is a statewide not-for-profit agency.  KCSL's services and advocacy efforts focus on preventing child abuse, strengthening families, and empowering parents and youth.  KCSL is the Kansas Chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America and Circle of Parents, a Kansas multi-site system of Healthy Families America, and a member of the United Way. 
Background Statement Kansas Children's Service League is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)3 agency serving children and families, with offices in eight service hubs across Kansas. Founded in 1893, The League provides a continuum of child abuse prevention programs and services, advocates for children, and collaborates with other public and private organizations to increase effectiveness, quality and capacity to serve.  KCSL serves more than 40,000 children and families each year through a tiered service matrix filling the gaps in community service needs and priorities.  KCSL works with other private and public agencies, the courts, policymakers, and communities to build an effective framework and direct resources to help parents meet the needs of their children. Despite the infusion of an additional $4 million in federal and state funding for early childhood education and home visitation services, a 2018 funding gap of $405,000 exists to support current programing levels and private financial matching requirements of program grants.
Impact Statement

2017 Key Accomplishments:

  • Through KCSL's Period of Purple Crying, shaken baby prevention and parent education, 98% of all parents leaving a Kansas birthing hospital have increased understanding of what persistent crying in infancy means and how to handle the issue safely.
  • 97% of children in KCSL's specialized foster homes do not experience a disruption in the care placement compared to the State's average of 80%.
2018 Key Goals:  
  • Increase the number of families served in the KC area Healthy Families America home visitation program by 33%.
  • Continue to provide education and leadership for key stakeholders on the impact of childhood adversity on the State of Kansas' economy and health care.
Needs Statement
  1. Private gifts designated for Healthy Families America/KC which create $1 for $1 matching opportunities for donors. 
  2. Corporate sponsorships for the Kansas Parent Leadership Conference where parents learn to advocate and improve parenting skills.   
  3. Volunteers and in-kind donations for Healthy Families America/KC such as: food for monthly family time events, items for new parent gift baskets, & baby supplies. Volunteers to help at family events.
  4. Families willing to open their hearts and homes to foster and adopt children who have experienced the trauma of abuse and neglect.
Service Categories
Family Services
Family Services
Mental Health Treatment
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement Kansas Children's Service League's Board of Directors is committed to the mission and remains very involved in policy setting and the overall agency direction. The board is representative of the public at large and advocates for the children and families of Kansas. Involvement in and monitoring of the longer term strategic plan and shorter term annual operating budget provides each board member the opportunity to utilize their respective strengths typically by service on one or more of the various board committees. Participation in accreditation processes and third-party audits assists members in the oversight of operations. The current sources of funding for services are well diversified and financial monitoring systems are firmly entrenched throughout the agency. The Board Finance Committee actively reviews monthly financial performance as well as annual audits. The board has a commitment to assuring that the agency has adequate financial resources to perform its services. The Kansas Children’s Service League Foundation was formed in late 1998 to assist in providing ongoing financial support to League operations. Kansas Children's Service League has been dedicated to meeting the needs of children and families in Kansas since 1893. Throughout its history, KCSL's core services have included: (1) Child Abuse Prevention and (2)Support services to biological and replacement (adoptive, foster, and kinship) families.  
Healthy Families is a voluntary home-visiting program for first and second time parents who are expecting or have just had a new baby and are facing multiple stressors in their lives.  Families meet regularly with a specially trained home visitor who teaches them about child health and development, helps them access health care services for the child, assists parents with goal setting, and provides support in coping with the challenges of parenting.
Category Human Services, General/Other Parenting Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5), ,
Short-Term Success

The Healthy Families home visitors meet with families in their home, and on a weekly basis. They are able to assist families with immediate needs, as well as help them set goals and plan for the future.

Long-Term Success

Healthy Families America evaluation results show improvement in child safety, child health, parent-child interaction, school readiness and adjustment in first grade, self-sufficiency. 

Program Success Monitored By

Families are assessed using the HOME (Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment), AAPI (Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory) , PFS (Protective Factors Survey) to track outcomes. Children are assessed using an ASQ to determine if they are developmentally on track and an ASQ-SE for social and emotional assessment.

Examples of Program Success

Lucy and Brad transferred to KCSL Healthy Families with their two children (ages 2 and 1).  The family was temporarily living on their small savings and had needs for food, clothing, and household items.  They were receptive to resource information from their Family Support Specialist, but the family was very isolated and did not have many outlets for parent support.  The Family Support Specialist listened to Lucy's concerns regarding her children, used Reflective Strategies, and provided child development information and activities to do in and outside the home.  Lucy frequently took it upon herself to create toys and games that would keep the children's interest and teach them colors, shapes, and letters.  She was very resourceful and often referred her friends to Healthy Families or would ask for a resource they may find helpful.  She recently completed an education program at the top of her class and obtained her certificate to become a Medical Assistant.  The family continues to participate in Healthy Families and Lucy's confidence in her parenting ability has increased since being in the program.  She has become an advocate for her family.   

CEO Comments
Kansas Children’s Service League has programs throughout the state of Kansas working toward the mission to protect and promote the well-being of all children. The League remains dedicated to providing a continuum of services that:
  1. Encompasses the general population before any signs of child maltreatment or neglect may be present.
  2. Family support services when there is an identified risk of possible maltreatment or neglect.
  3. Services provided after maltreatment has occurred to reduce the impact of maltreatment and avoid future abuse.
Programs that the Greater Kansas City community benefit from include an annual statewide Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse, a community resource library that distributes over 200,000 pieces of child abuse prevention information each year to all parts of the state, a training program for child care providers on mandated reporting, a toll-free 24/7 Parent Helpline, Healthy Families America, From Heart to Home Infant Adoption, Adopt Kansas Kids, Period of PURPLE Crying (Shaken Baby Syndrome Education) and Parent Leadership & support groups.  KCSL also works with the state legislature on education and awareness of issues affecting the children of Kansas.
KCSL has a vast array of programs including:  Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, Healthy Families America, Head Start/Early Head Start, Outpatient Mental Health, Parents Helping Parents, Bullying Prevention Hotline, From Heart to Home Infant Adoption, Adopt KS Kids/Klicks for Kids, Center for Restorative Education, OASIS Runaway Youth Case Management, Juvenile Intake, Drug Endangered Child Case Management, Fatherhood Groups, Period of PURLPE Crying (Shaken Baby Syndrome Education), Supporting School Attendance, Kinship, Crisis Nursery, MAPP (Foster Parent) Training, Compass Resource Families, and Parent Helpline. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mrs. Dona Booe
Term Start June 2011

With more than twenty-six years of human service experience, Dona Booe joined Kansas Children’s Service League in 2006 as Vice President of Program Services. In 2011, the Board of Directors appointed her to the position of President/CEO. A business graduate from Emporia State University, Booe spent more than twenty years of her career with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services where she held a variety of management and leadership roles. Her experience covers a wide array of human service work including program and services providing support to children, family and the elderly. Her nine years of work in Medicaid was spent almost entirely developing and drafting home and community based service programs that prevented institutional placement of children, the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Her work in the prevention of child abuse and neglect began in 1999 as the Chief of Social Services for SRS in Shawnee County. With a focus on community interventions that prevented the need for foster care, with the support of community partners, the number of children needing foster care services decreased by 42% in less than three years. While at KCSL, Booe and her staff have reestablished the focus of the organization’s work and developed their role as the Prevent Child Abuse America chapter for Kansas. Expanding Healthy Families reach to more than 400 families in eight counties, covering 99% of Kansas births with the Period of PURPLE Crying education, and restoring infant adoption work, KCSL is now the recognized leader for strengthening families in Kansas through use of the five protective factors in program design. Booe’s experience at managing multiple programs, large geographic service areas, and diversified funding makes her a proven human service leader in Kansas.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Mrs. Janet Schalansky Jan 2007 - May 2011
Joe Whitaker (Interim)July 2005 - Jan 2007
Senior Staff
Title CFO
Paula Wischnack joined KCSL following the retirement of their Vice President of Finance in June 2009. She is a graduate of Emporia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
As CFO, Wischnack directs KCSL's financial planning and accounting practices by hiring, training, and supervising the Agency's Business Department staff. As Chief Financial Officer, Ms. Wischnack provides oversight and direction in the use of Kansas Children’s Service League’s resources. Her responsibilities consist of directing all finance and accounting activities for the agency, which includes budgeting, financial reporting both internal and external, and forecasting for future growth and general economic outlook. Additionally, Paula oversees KCSL’s information technology, and human resources functions.

Paula has 25 years experience in the accounting/finance arena, including 13 years with Adams Business Forms, which later became Cardinal Brands, a private, multi-national developer, manufacturer, and distributor of business forms and document-related products, where she spent seven years as Vice President/Controller. In this role she worked directly with the company’s sales and manufacturing arms to create costs and reporting tools, performed analysis to facilitate informed decision making, and played an active role in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and debt restructuring. Ultimately, she facilitated information and documentation required for the sale of this company to RR Donnelley.
Paid Full-Time Staff 216
Paid Part-Time Staff 14
Volunteers 200
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 141
Hispanic/Latino 74
Native American/American Indian 2
Other 3
Other (Please Specify) mixed/two or more races
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 211
Male 19
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 No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Local: JC. Children's Coordinating Council, Olathe Children's Initiative, Hispanic Ministry Taskforce, Community Violence Action Comm., Partners for Child Abuse Prevention, Interagency Coord. Council for Infant Toddler Services, Maternal & Child Health Coal., Statewide Head Start Collab. Council. National: Healthy Families America, Prevent Child Abuse America, and the lead agency for the coalition to plan the statewide Governor's Conference for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Prevent Child Abuse America - Member1972
External Assessment and Accreditations
Prevent Child Abuse America2008
Healthy Families America1998
The Bank of the West National Philanthropy Awards: Team Member CommitmentBank of the West2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? Yes
CEO Comments

Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Margaret La Rue
Term Apr 2017 to Apr 2019
Email larue1989@mac.com
Board Members
Mr. Vince Avila Westar
Carol Bailey
Mike Blake Westar Energy
Mrs. Lisa Brown Foulston Siefkin LLP
Mr. Dan Dejmal Westar
Mrs. Melinda Duckworth Wells Fargo
Mr. Donnie Fuqua Walmart
Jeffrey Gettler State of Kansas - District Court Judge
Mary Martha Good
Mrs. Karen Griffiths Attorney
Derek Harvey Westar Energy
Chad Heggem Wells Fargo
Mr. Brad Heyen Bank of the West
Mrs. Jean Hogan Retired
Mrs. Sheri King USD 480
Mr. Tom Krebs Consultant
Mrs. Margaret La Rue Community Volunteer
Mrs. Teresa Maley USD 253
Chris Noack Keller Williams, Inc.
Mrs. Mary Peterson Center for Plastic Surgery
Ms. Cyrilla Petracek Retired
Mr. Zachary Schultz Schultz Law Office
Mr. Randy Steinert Emprise Financial Corp
Mr. Richard Walsh BNSF
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
CEO Comments As a statewide agency, the Board of Directors represents all parts of the state of Kansas. Board members are required to travel to attend quarterly meetings which are typically held in Wichita or Topeka. The time it takes to attend Board meetings and the distances traveled demonstrates the dedication of KCSL’s volunteer Board members. The Board Executive Committee typically meets six times per year either in person or via telephone conference, and is primarily responsible for oversight of agency operations. Annually, the board participates in a strategic planning process commencing at a Board Retreat. Board member dedication to the mission of Kansas Children’s Service League is demonstrated through gifts of leadership, time, and financial support. New board members and officers are elected at the April Annual Meeting each year.
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $17,140,240
Projected Expenses $17,132,420
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2015, 2014, 2013: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.  
  • Foundation/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
Government Contributions$7,512,452$7,608,072$7,883,849
Individual Contributions--$0--
Investment Income, Net of Losses($578)$17,860$19,763
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$297,716$264,634$229,377
Revenue In-Kind$208,664$148,529$119,389
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$11,493,956$11,778,165$11,777,142
Administration Expense$1,633,855$1,679,694$1,676,096
Fundraising Expense$253,138$214,611$305,054
Payments to Affiliates--$0--
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.980.960.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%2%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$8,809,972$9,671,870$9,960,310
Current Assets$4,927,401$2,842,822$5,507,860
Long-Term Liabilities$0$6,004$15,758
Current Liabilities$1,089,932$1,366,540$1,363,525
Total Net Assets$7,720,040$8,299,326$8,581,027
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.522.084.04
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFederal Grant $4,202,943US Federal Grant $4,093,951US Federal Grant $4,010,931
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas Children's Cabinet & Trust Fund $988,716Kansas Children's Cabinet & Trust Fund $1,071,933Kansas Children's Cabinet & Trust Fund $912,157
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountKansas State Dept. of Education $786,296Kansas Dept. for Children & Families $380,834Kansas Dept. for Children & Families $737,059
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments For FY 2015, there was a write down due to the impairment of a fixed asset in the amount of $306,000.  A one-time no-cash loss.
Organization Name Kansas Children's Service League
Address 1365 N Custer
Wichita, KS 67203
Primary Phone (316) 942-4261
Contact Email dbooe@kcsl.org
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Dona Booe
Board Chair Mrs. Margaret La Rue
Year of Incorporation 1893
Former Names
Kansas Child Abuse Prevention Council
Kansas Children’s Home Society
Christian Service League
Shawnee County Family Resource Center
Wichita Child Guidance Center