Wichita Children's Home

Community
6:55 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Wichita Children's Home Celebrates 125 Years

The Wichita Children’s Home was founded in 1888 as Wichita’s first orphanage to support and care for destitute and homeless children. The home was originally located on the block near 100 N. Fountain.
Courtesy Wichita Children's Home

The Wichita Children’s Home provides care for victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect. They also offer support to runaways, children facing family crisis and youth who may be at risk in the home.

The home began in 1888 as the city’s first orphanage, but has changed through the years and now provides crisis services.   

“Wichita is blessed with wonderful long-term facilities for kiddos, “ said Executive Director Sarah Robinson. “But we are the ones that are 24/7 on the very front end."

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Crime
6:19 am
Wed February 6, 2013

How Wichita Can Save Its Kids From Sex Trafficking

Jess and Rondell with the Wichita Children's Home Street Outreach Services drive down Broadway in downtown Wichita.
Credit Briana O'Higgins

Wichita continues to be a city where minors are lured into sex-trafficking; runaway and homeless youth are picked up then taken across state lines, often into Texas or Missouri.

This happens, in part, because Wichita and Sedgwick county are situated at the crossroads of America. There is easy access to major highways that can quickly take people across state lines. This location makes south-central Kansas a prime spot for domestic minor sex-trafficking, known as DMST, which is the buying and selling of children and youth for sexual purposes.

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