Resources – Children and Family
These resource pages are intended for current guests, former guests, or anyone in Lawrence / Douglas County at risk of homelessness.
If you fall into any of these categories, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us here at the shelter. Your email will be received by one of our staff, who will write you back promptly in order to provide support and advice.
On these pages you can find resources organized under the clickable headings in the resources menu.
Please note that we only post links to resources that explicitly and specifically target our local community here in Lawrence / Douglas County.
Please click here to suggest new resources (targeting our local community only, please), offer corrections, or report broken links.
Children and Family
Ballard Community Services
708 Elm Street
Rent assistance, emergency food services, clothing assistance, and early childhood education programs that provide trauma-informed childcare. By appointments only, Monday through Friday.
Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence
2910 Haskell Avenue
Programs and activities focused on three impact areas: academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles. They are currently enrolling for after-school programs.
1525 Kentucky Street
Provides adoption services, case management, marriage for keeps, holiday supports, and advocacy.
ChildCare Aware of Eastern Kansas
2518 Ridge Court (Inside the United Way of Douglas County building)
785-865-0669 or 785-224-6392
Provides customized child care referrals, and referrals to community resources for individuals, children, and families. Services are usually at no cost.
The Children’s Shelter, Inc.
1925 Delaware Street
Provides youth residential program for 10-18 year olds, juvenile intake, family and foster care services, and prevention and diversion program.
DCCCA (Douglas County Citizens Committee on Alcoholism)
1739 East 23rd Street (Outpatient)
3312 Clinton Parkway (Office)
Child-placing agency, outpatient intervention, assessment, treatment, and support groups for individuals and families where the abuse of alcohol and other drugs has become a problem.
Early Childhood Education
110 McDonald Drive
Lawrence Public Schools offers pre-kindergarten and early childhood programs; offers screening for 3-5 year olds.
Family Promise of Lawrence
PO Box 266, Lawrence, KS 66044
Provides transitional housing for families with children through an interfaith network of congregations.
Kansas Department for Children and Families
1901 Delaware Street
Adult and child protective services, income assistance, medical cards, food assistance, child support enforcement, job training, income eligible child care, and vocational rehabilitation for people with disabilities.
Kansas Office of Vital Statistics
1000 SW Jackson Street, #120
Topeka, KS 66612
Maintains and issues certified copies of vital records for events (births, deaths, marriages and divorces) that occur in Kansas.
Kansas Protection Report Center
If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected; phones are answered 24/7.
Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ
2110 Delaware Street, Suite B
Crisis Line: 785-841-2345, Administrative line: 785-841-9900
Service offers online emotional support and crisis counseling through online chat or phone call by highly-trained volunteer counselors. You can also get connected to the Crisis Text Line by texting KANSAS to 741 741.
KU Child & Family Services Clinic
1000 Sunnyside Avenue (Dole Human Development Center)
Telehealth treatment services that provide quality mental health care to the children, adolescents and families of the Lawrence community.
Lawrence Humane Society’s Crisis Pet Retention Program
1805 E. 19th Street
The Crisis Pet Retention Program provides resources to pet owners experiencing crises relating to poverty, houselessness, job loss, or other systemic issues and inequities. Funds for this program allow the Lawrence Humane Society to proactively ensure that Douglas County residents do not suffer through giving up a family pet because of financial hardship.
Lawrence Parks & Recreation Department
115 West 11th Street
Offers recreational classes and facility reservations; maintain City parks. Several recreation facilities throughout the City of Lawrence offering free play, weight room, cardio-room and family programming.
Lawrence Public Library
707 Vermont Street
Books, periodicals, DVDs, music CDs, computers and internet access, public meeting rooms, a wide variety of information and resources.
Lawrence Public Schools, USD 497
110 McDonald Drive
Serves students pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
Parents as Teachers
1430 Haskell Avenue
Free education programs for expecting parents or parents with children under the age of three. The program is designed to give children the best possible academic success by supporting parents roles as teachers.
Willow Domestic Violence Center
Call for address
785-843-3333 / 1-800-770-3030
Provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence. Services include 24-hour crisis hotline, safe shelter, peer counseling, support group, court advocacy and more.