TOPEKA -- The Kansas Children's Service League (KCSL) has received nearly $3 million dollars to launch “The Generations Project,” a five-year collaborative effort with the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare and the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service. The project is designed to benefit Shawnee and Wyandotte County teen parents and their families through KCSL’s Healthy Families program, a home-visitation program already serving expectant and new parents in those counties, and the expansion of mental health services to those families.
“The Generations Project allows KCSL to further meet the needs of teen parents, their children and their parents through the Healthy Families America program,” said Janet Schalansky, KCSL’s President/CEO. “By providing quality mental health services and parenting support, teens can better meet the needs of their children and the relationship between the teen parent and their own parents has the opportunity to thrive.”
The training, services and technological support needed for the project are made possible through funds from the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs, within the Office of Population Affairs, at the Department of Health and Human Services. Funds for the first year of the project total $825,245, of which 30 percent is comprised of cash and in-kind match provided by the partners of the project.
“The opportunity to work in partnership with the University of Kansas is exciting and will be an excellent learning experience for all involved,” said Schalansky.
Healthy Families America helps expectant and new parents get their children off to a healthy start. Families participate voluntarily in the program and receive home-based instruction and referrals from trained staff. The program works with families overburdened by stressors such as unemployment and single and teenage parenthood. Healthy Families America is a program of Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) of which KCSL is the Kansas state chapter.
KCSL offers Healthy Families in Barton, Bourbon, Cherokee, Crawford, Dickinson, Douglas, Ellis, Finney, Johnson, Leavenworth, Lyon, Miami, Reno, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte Counties.