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2014 Pumpkin Palooza

Sunflower House Pumpkin Palooza LogoThe Friends of Sunflower House are proud to present the annual Pumpkin Palooza!!

Join us for Kansas City’s BEST designer-pumpkin sale!

When: Saturday, October 25th, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm (or we sell out)
Where: Sunflower House~ 15440 W 65th St~ Shawnee, KS 66217

This FREE family-friendly event is fun for the whole family and monies raised help support the child abuse prevention efforts of Sunflower House.

Designer Pumpkin Sales
Bake Sale
Photo Booth
Trunk or Treat


All of our pumpkins are designed and donated by community artists.

Want to be a part of this event as a donor or a volunteer??  

Contact Brenda Davis at

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

april CAPM press release


Press Release on Child Abuse Prevention Month

Take an EXTREME STEP to prevent child abuse!

Ever wanted a good reason to jump from a perfectly good airplane? Your opportunity is here!!

Join us September 28-29th, 2013 for the 4th Annual Take an Extreme Step to STOP Child Abuse. You’ll jump with KC’s best tandem masters to raise valuable funds for Sunflower House.

Raise $375 in pledges, receive a tandem jump.

Raise $525 in pledges, receive a tandem jump and a video of your jump!

ALL jumpers receive a free t-shirt!

Raising money is simple… ask your friends, family and co-workers for pledges!

More information is available here and at

Caregiver’s Guide for a Crying Infant

NBC Action News story

The a news story on NBC Action News tells of a young father charged with abusing his 7-week old son.

For an inexperienced parent, caring for a young infant can seem overwhelming.  The attached Guide for a Crying Infant can help to handle those stressful moments without resulting in harm for the baby.

Caregiver Guide for Crying Infant

SH Child Assessment Program Director talks about the importance of providing parental support


Cases of children being locked away or neglected have made headlines recently in the Kansas City area. One child advocate says people are beginning to notice this type of abuse more often.

Earlier this year, authorities discovered a teenager who had been chained to a pole in his basement in his Northland home. He was malnourished and had been out of school for months. In another case, a 10-year-old Kansas City girl had been barricaded inside a closet that reeked of urine. Now Independence police said a 9-year-old girl’s parents locked her in a basement and forced her to use the bathroom outside.

The cases are what child advocates like Virginia Lewis Brunk of Sunflower House would see.

“I think it’s really happening not necessarily more than we think. I think it’s being reported more than it was in the past,” Brunk said.

As director of child assessment, she said often times she sees parents who isolate their children because they believe they are out of options – and also because it may have been the way they were disciplined.

“Parents are reacting because of stress. They don’t know or don’t understand child development. If you can put some support that will assist with that, maybe they won’t be using such harsher choices,” Brunk said.

While Brunk always urges people to report possible abuse or neglect, she also said there’s more that the public can do before the situation turns into abuse. Brunk suggests reaching out to a struggling parent.

“Folks reach out when they see somebody in need. If you see a parent struggling, reach a hand out. Offer to bring them dinner, offer to babysit while they go to grocery store. Do things that will provide assistance,” she said.

Don’t be afraid to report possible abuse. You can do so anonymously if you suspect abuse. The hotline numbers are 1-800-922-5330 for Kansas and 1-800-392-3738 for Missouri.