The Children's Place, Inc.

The Children's Place: where hurts find hope

aka The Children's Place   |   Kansas City, MO   |


The Children's Place: where children and their families heal from life's deepest hurts.

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Mrs. Ann Thomas

Main address

6401 Rockhill Road

Kansas City, MO 64131 USA

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Formerly known as

Child Advocacy Services Center, Inc.



NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

“Mental and behavioral health is the number-one issue in pediatrics today,” according to the 2019 State of Children’ Health report published by Children’s Mercy Hospital. Study participants agreed that adverse childhood experiences are a significant factor in child and adolescent health, impacting current and future health and wellbeing. Studies show that child survivors of trauma have four to 12 times increased health risk for disease, alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, and suicide attempts in adolescence and adulthood (Felitti et al. 1998). Without treatment, the estimated average lifetime healthcare costs are $830,928 per child (Florence & Klevens. 2018). In contrast, the annual average cost for treatment at The Children’s Place is $24,664 per child. In 2019, 66 children completed all treatment plan goals, potentially saving the community an estimated $55 million in long-term healthcare costs. For every dollar invested, the agency potentially saves the community $34.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Day Treatment

Day Treatment is designed to treat the whole child by providing an array of therapeutic services (occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, mental health, and psychiatry) set within a quality early education environment. Here, the goals are to regulate (calm the body and emotions), relate (make a connection with others), and reason (learn) so they can grow and thrive within their families and be ready to function in traditional daycares and kindergarten

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Our counseling program offers therapy services for children ages one to eight. Our trauma-informed therapists work with children and families to process life's hurts. Children visit us to heal from a wide range of traumatic experiences—everything from loss, to divorce, to abuse. We walk side-by-side families and children to identify triggers and hurts, and find healing. Families leave The Children's Place with renewed hope. Childhood is restored.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

When children experience a traumatic event, the entire family is affected. Therefore, The Children’s Place launched Family Support Services in 1998 to train and support prospective foster and adoptive parents, as well as provide in-home parent education for families who have experienced trauma. By understanding how children experience and express their exposure to traumatic events, caregivers can respond to their child’s behavior and help them through the process of healing.

Population(s) Served

The Children’s Place offers developmental screenings for children age six and younger who have experienced traumatic events. These screenings provide a comprehensive overview of a child’s developmental abilities, specifically in the areas of cognition, language, social emotional and motor skills. The findings are shared with the caregiver, along with recommendations for additional services if needed.

Our developmental screenings are available for any children who have experienced stressful life events. In addition, we provide screenings for many children referred by local child welfare agencies who are being placed in foster care or preparing for adoption.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Where we work


Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) - Behavioral Health Care Accreditation 1989


1st agency in KC named as a "Show-Me Solution"; 2nd agency in the state so named. 2006

MO Governor Matt Blunt

Monroe E. Trout Award - National Finalist 2012

Premier Cares

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Day Treatment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

80% of children graduating from our comprehensive treatment program will function at the same level as children who have not experienced trauma.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At The Children's Place, children under the age of eight and their families receive the therapeutic and educational support they need to heal and build future resilience. The Children's Place staff believes in the unlimited capacity of the human spirit to overcome difficulties.

By providing a safe, predictable environment, meaningful relationships, and developmentally appropriate treatment, the staff are able to enhance a child's capacity to grow and thrive.
The Children's Place uses several methods to address the individualized needs of the children. Children in the Day Treatment Program benefit from both a therapeutic day school program, but also from specialized on-site treatment from master's level certified therapists.
Conscious Discipline - Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based, educational process that provides our Day Treatment Program teachers with a curriculum and social-emotional skill-set to support children with exceptional behavior. Conscious Discipline is a social/emotional approach to teaching that allows children to become receptive to learning. Research, by the University of Pennsylvania, shows that Social Emotional Learning programs, like Conscious Discipline, promote learning through improved behaviors. Social and emotional readiness is the bedrock of academic success.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – EMDR is a research-supported, integrative psychotherapy approach designed to treat symptoms of trauma. EMDR sessions follow a specific sequence of phases, and practitioners use bilateral stimulation, including eye movements, to help process unresolved memories from adverse experiences. This therapy is available to children as part of the Day Treatment Program who require additional treatment (
Occupational Therapy –Occupational Therapy addresses sensory disorders that are often a result of neglect and trauma. These disorders cause difficulty completing everyday tasks, and often lead to decreased participation. Sensory and gross motor delays often cause decreased cognitive ability and mental health issues, reducing a child's ability to regulate emotions; by providing additional occupational therapy hours, the agency is able to support children to achieve sensory benchmarks. (Julia Bantimba, MS, ORT/L, Boston University.)
Play Therapy ® - Play therapy creates a safe atmosphere where children can express themselves, try new things, learn more about how the world works, learn about social rules and restrictions, and work through their problems. Play therapy gives children an opportunity to explore and open up more than usual. Part of the therapist's training is on interpreting the meaning of children's play. This can help the therapist discuss the “root causes" of the problems with the parents and come up with possible strategies that are more likely to work.

Over the years, The Children's Place has maintained a strong record of successfully discharging (graduating) children who are prepared to participate in traditional family, social, and educational settings. Therapists provide individual and family therapy using evidence-based therapeutic models including those on the SAMHSA National Registry: Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Additionally, they use Play Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. Parenting Support Services is effective, because it removes barriers to treatment, bringing services to the client's home. The Parenting Support Specialist is able to observe parent/child interactions in their natural environment, which gives her a better understanding of how to tailor treatment to the unique needs of each family.
Since 2011, the Program Evaluation Process (PEP), in collaboration with the University of Kansas (KU) Clinical Child Psychology program, has provided valuable insight into the children served and the effectiveness of agency programming. Multiple years of data collection has provided rich data on a sampling of children in both Day Treatment and Outpatient Therapy.
The Children's Place is accredited as a Behavioral Health Organization and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In December 2013, the agency completed accreditation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) - Charity Register.

Because The Children's Place is the only agency in the area that provides trauma treatment to children under the age of five. The agency only takes the children who score below the 40th percentile and exhibit one or more delays in cognitive and emotional-social behaviors, therefore, as research studies show, it is likely that these children would struggle in a school setting with both behavior and learning and in the long term potentially suffer from substance abuse, mental illness, and suicide attempts, heart disease, chronic lung disease, liver disease and cancer, resulting a 20-year life expectancy difference.


The Children's Place, Inc.

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The Children's Place, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Matt Benge

Angela Fera

Johnson County Med-Act Home

Gretchen Fitzgerald

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Josephine Njoroge

Community Volunteer

Matt Benge


Nora Lockton

Community Volunteer

Celeste Greenlee

Junior League of Kansas City

Katie Erwin


Amy Allen


Anne Scharf

Kansas City Chiefs

David Hellen

Accenture Kansas City

Julia Thompson, PhD.

Children's Mercy

Laura Jones

Community Volunteer

Mabel Tinjaca, PhD.

Community Volunteer

Mike Ensz


Mitch Peterson


Molly Hunter

Baty, Holm, Numrich & Otto, PC

Nathan Tesmer

JPMorgan Chase

Elizabeth Hastings, MD

Children's Mercy

Lindsay Ford

MainStream Education Foundation

Tanya Burrell, MD

Children's Mercy

Danelle Bender


Rudy Liggins

Community Volunteer

Brad Boeshaar


Katie Gound

Community Volunteer

Katie Wasserstrom

Mariner Wealth Advisors

Kristen Harrelson


Rhonda Holman

Community Volunteer

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/09/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.