PITTSBURG, Ks. – About 10 years ago, a program was created by the Crawford County community to give these children their best lives.
Now the program is looking for a way to expand its reach to help at-risk children throughout Southeast Kansas.
“We didn’t know how important this would become,” says Ann Elliott, Executive Director of the Family Resource Center, “We want the kids to stay at home. “
In 2012, a group of Pittsburg women noticed that Pittsburg police made several return visits to at-risk homes, sometimes resulting in children being taken away from their parents.
Wanting to help solve the problem, a new partnership was formed.
“Together with the city, the Pittsburg Police Department and the Family Resource Center, we provided a grant through the Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund for the Community Child Abuse Prevention Program,” says Elliott.
Since then, community and family response advocates have worked to keep the children of Crawford County in their homes.
Elliott says, “They help build strong families so families of at-risk children can stay together.”
“We are reaching out to other communities for help and support,” says Reva Meadows, Family Response Advocate, “We use Catholic charities, we use Wesley House, The Salvation Army, anyone who can help to do what the family needs. ”
Even after eight years of operation, the program continues to grow.
Soon it will be covering other counties in southeastern Kansas.
“KU wrote a grant and it’s ‘Family Strong’ and what it’s going to do is it’s going to expand that program to four more counties,” Elliott says, “We’ll define it at our meeting on Wednesday. . “
Keep families together for years to come.
Elliott says, “They serve at least 100 families a year.”
“It just keeps getting bigger and bigger and bigger,” says Diann Gambill, Family Response Advocate. to help.'”