Kansas Children's Service League
1365 N Custer
Wichita KS 67203
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (316) 942-4261
Fax 316- 943-9995
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 Mr. Zachary Schultz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Schultz Law Office
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
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
  • Create awareness of our service impact by attending a Building Healthy Families Mission Tour in a community near you.
  • Volunteer and join our local Community Leadership & Development Council giving direction and advice on service needs, event planning, and strategic plans.
  • Attend a Red Stocking Breakfast in your community in December.  Event proceeds go directly to programs and services in your area.
  • Donate.  Your generosity has a great return!  For every $1 invested in child abuse prevention programs, $7 in costs are avoided in the areas of special education, health care, and criminal justice. 
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

2018 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%.
2019 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

Wow! My little girl is already 15 months! I still feel like I just gave birth yesterday. When I think about how fast my girl is growing, Healthy Families also comes to mind. Boy, oh boy, I could write all day about how this program has been such a blessing to my family. I was interested in the program because I wanted to make sure I was utilizing all the possible resources for my child's growth. I felt like I had no idea what I was doing as a parent. It was important to make sure that my child was developing at the appropriate pace. Also, the program is totally free so you can’t go wrong!

On this parenting journey, I have met the amazing Ms. Amanda. She has brought a breath of fresh air to my family and lead me to fall in love with the Healthy Families program. She is always caring, genuinely concerned for my child's well-being, professional, knowledgeable, and so kind. During a time when my family was low on funds, she referred us to the Happy Bottoms program so we could get diapers for our daughter. My child and I look so forward to seeing Ms. Amanda every week to learn new activities and check to make sure my daughter’s motor skills are fine. We have an open dialogue and it’s so great to talk to another adult and get new information on a weekly basis. I can ask her about anything regarding my child growth. If she doesn't have an immediate answer, she will definitely find the answer for you! 

If you are considering joining the program, don't think, just do it! You will be providing your child with such a great experience. If you are an over-thinker and worrier like me, you will feel so rewarded as a parent for making sure your child is getting the best. Time flies by so fast, so spend it with your child embarking on this great journey through Health Families.

 -Healthy Families parent

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: Prevent Child Abuse, Strengthen Families, and Empower Parents and Youth.
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 free phone app providing a 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, Juvenile Intake, Drug Endangered Child Case Management, Fatherhood Groups, Period of PURLPE Crying (Shaken Baby Syndrome Education), Kinship Navigation, Crisis Nursery, MAPP (Foster Parent) Training, Compass Resource Families, and Parent Helpline phone app. 
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.

Former CEOs
Mrs. Janet SchalanskyJan 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 226
Paid Part-Time Staff 19
Volunteers 218
Retention Rate 76%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 159
Hispanic/Latino 75
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1
Other (Please Specify) two or more races
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 225
Male 20
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
Alliance for Children and Families - Member1972
External Assessment and Accreditations
Prevent Child Abuse America2017
Healthy Families America2019
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 Mr. Zachary Schultz
Company Affiliation Schultz Law Office
Term Apr 2019 to Apr 2020
Email zds@schultzlawofficepa.com
Board Members
Carol Bailey
Mr. John BridsonWestar
Mrs. Lisa BrownFoulston Siefkin LLP
Mr. Dan DejmalWestar
Mrs. Melinda DuckworthWells Fargo
Jeffrey GettlerState of Kansas - District Court Judge
Mary Martha Good
Mrs. Marilyn GrahamFirst Call for Help Reno County
Mrs. Karen GriffithsAttorney
Derek HarveyWestar Energy
Chad HeggemWells Fargo
Mrs. Jeri HewittEmprise Bank
Mr. Brad HeyenBank of the West
Mrs. Jean HoganRetired
Mr. Tom KrebsConsultant
Mr. Aaron KucharikPrice & Sons Funeral Home
Mrs. Heather MorganKansas State University
Chris NoackKeller Williams, Inc.
Mrs. Mary PetersonCenter for Plastic Surgery
Ms. Cyrilla PetracekRetired
Mr. Zachary SchultzSchultz Law Office
Mrs. Shirley ScottCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Tim ShultzGoodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer
Mrs. Joanne SmithFAB Creative Services
Mr. Randy SteinertEmprise Financial Corp
Mr. Patrick SullivanHutchinson Regional Medical Center
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 26
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 13
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 77%
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, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $18,611,965
Projected Expenses $18,602,165
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$8,347,884$7,477,194$7,512,452
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,948$3,158($578)
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$336,487$366,019$297,716
Revenue In-Kind$230,232$240,523$208,664
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$11,778,888$11,585,070$11,493,956
Administration Expense$1,651,994$1,643,102$1,633,855
Fundraising Expense$237,730$287,513$253,138
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.990.970.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%86%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$8,624,878$8,457,091$8,809,972
Current Assets$8,057,050$4,919,228$4,927,401
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,098,136$1,058,004$1,089,932
Total Net Assets$7,525,742$7,399,087$7,720,040
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.344.654.52
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --U.S. Federal Grant $3,990,000Federal Grant $4,202,943
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Kansas Children's Cabinet & Trust Fund $1,176,042Kansas Children's Cabinet & Trust Fund $988,716
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Kansas Department for Children & Families $484,599Kansas State Dept. of Education $786,296
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Other Documents
Program Services Prevention Strategy Matrix2018View
5-Year Strategic Plan2017View
KCSL Annual Report2015View
KCSL Annual Report2012View
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 Mr. Zachary Schultz
Board Chair Company Affiliation Schultz Law Office
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