The Shelter Inc

aka The Children's Shelter   |   Lawrence, KS   |  www.theshelterinc.org

Mission

The mission of The Children's Shelter is to improve the lives of children and families, with a focus on children at risk in Douglas County and northeast Kansas.

Ruling year info

1982

Acting Director

Joyce DeBolt

Main address

1925 Delaware St

Lawrence, KS 66046 USA

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EIN

48-0928849

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Homes for Children & Adolescents (P76)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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Residential Program

We provide unlocked residential care for children, placed with us most often as a result of law enforcement and/or court action. In order to prevent children from coming into the state’s custody, we offer residential services on a private basis as well. While this program originally served 10 teenagers at any given time, we now serve 28 children between the ages of 10 and 18 years. Our original home has been supplied by the City of Lawrence since 1981. Our second home was opened in June of 2000, thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the Lawrence community. In our Residential Program, we provide both Emergency/Temporary care and Youth Residential Center II services.

Population(s) Served

The Children's Shelter has offered multiple family services for children, youth and families since 1996. The goal of prevention programs is to enable families to stay together and avoid court involvement.

Prevention Case Management offers voluntary services to youth who have experienced recent interaction with either law enforcement or the juvenile court system and are identified as low-risk offenders. Case managers provide youth and their families with information, education and referrals, to increase the protective factors for that youth and assist them in making positive and appropriate decisions.

Participation in the High School Truancy Prevention Program gives youth the opportunity to resolve truancy issues and avoid court involvement.

Specialized Case Management is available to all children, and is designed to prevent children and youth from coming into the state's custody. This program focuses on children who are out of control at home, school or in the community, but have not broken any laws. This service is available on a voluntary basis to children and their families.

Population(s) Served

Our Family Services staff offer foster care services for children and families. The goal of our foster care program is to give children a safe, loving family life experience in a licensed home for a few days to a few months. Foster Care staff recruit, train and support foster parents as well as providing placement services for children. Our foster care services are available not only for children in the custody of the state or law enforcement, but also for children placed privately, in keeping with our emphasis on prevention.

Population(s) Served

This program is operated by a grant with the Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF), and serves the DCF East region of the state, which includes 25 counties. The program goals are to strengthen and preserve families who have come to the attention of DCF for non-abuse/neglect reasons, and to maintain children safely in the home. Our emphasis is empowering families to recognize current strengths and available resources, and then to identify solutions to mitigate current stressors and issues.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

CARF 2012

CARF 2015

Financials

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The Shelter Inc

Board of directors
as of 7/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Keith Dabney

Wint Winter

Becky Cheek-King

Keith Dabney

Deb Drummet

Chris Koster

Wesley Smith

Annette Wallace

Bill DeWitt

Grace MacMillan

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No