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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

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Press Release on Child Abuse Prevention Month

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

There Is Hope For Victims Of Abuse


A commentary by Therese Park

Special to The Kansas City Star 10/20/12  

When Bishop Robert Finn, head of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, was found guilty last month of failure to report child abuse suspicions, he made a profound statement from which everyone could benefit.

“The protection of children is paramount,” Finn told the judge before he was sentenced.

Child abuse is such a vague term for such a wide variety of evil that can leave Continue reading

Rate of Child Sexual Abuse on the Decline

Thanks to the hard work and cooperation of educators, law enforcement, child advocates and caring adults, it appears that child sexual abuse has declined significantly in the past 2 decades.  This does not lessen our commitment or our need because clearly, we have been doing something right!!  Read this article to find out more: Rate of Child Sexual Abuse on the Decline –

CEO Sends Letter to the KC Star Editor

June 14, 2012

Dear Editor:

The Jerry Sandusky case is now coming to trial and we will soon learn the outcome in
this situation. For some reason, this particular story has captured the attention of
the public in a way that few others have. Is it because well-known sports figures are
involved? Is it because of the association with a prestigious University that prides itself
on integrity? Is it because of the connection with a respected charity whose founder
may have had ulterior motives for serving disadvantaged children? Is it because there
was an apparent eye witness to one of the events?

Whatever the reasons – the scrutiny is welcome. Far too many children are sexually
abused every day and most of them do not get their day in court!

Hopefully some positive things will come from this horrific story – maybe more victims
will feel safe enough to come forward; maybe organizations who work with children will
strengthen their safety policies and procedures; and maybe some of us will act more
quickly and more decisively when we suspect that something may not be right. If any of
those things happen, then something positive will have come from this tragedy!


Michelle S. Herman
President and CEO
Sunflower House
15440 W. 65th Street
Shawnee, KS 66217

To report suspected abuse in Kansas call 1-800-922-5330 or in Missouri 1-800-392-3738.