A $70,000 grant from the Foundation to the Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center will assist with the remodel and expansion of the organization’s facility in Hays.
Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center provides services to prevent or heal the trauma of abuse suffered by children and adults. In 2015, 402 forensic interviews were conducted with child victims. The majority were victims of sexual abuse, but also included those who suffered physical abuse, emotional abuse, or were witnesses to a crime.
Western Kansas Child Advocacy Center serves 32 counties in Western Kansas including 18 counties in the Hansen Foundation’s service area. The organization’s mobile unit travels to more than 25 different communities in Northwest Kansas to offer services to Kansas families.
The funds from the Hansen Foundation will assist in remodeling the and expanding the office located in Hays. The basement of the current facility will be completed to provide office space for the growing staff as well as a multi-discipline team room, training room and a break room. The MDT room is used for meetings with other agencies presenting information for forensic interviews.
In addition, grant funds will assist with the construction of a garage to house the mobile units that travel across western Kansas bringing direct service to clients, including a new mobile mental health unit being constructed on donated property.