Wichita Children's Home

Brian Grimmett

At the Wichita Children’s Home Opportunity Zone, teens that have nowhere else to go are getting a chance to make their lives better. Part of the program is known as the Bike Shed. It gives kids a chance to earn their own bike and the knowledge and tools needed to keep it maintained. 

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

The new Wichita Children’s Home is up and running--and staff and children are in the process of moving into the building.

It took four years of planning and one year of construction to get the two-story building along east 37th Street North ready for its new residents.

The Children’s Home is a shelter that provides services for homeless, abused and neglected children and young adults. On an average day, the Wichita Children’s Home cares for about 100 kids.


The Wichita Children’s Home will be moving to its new location in February. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has an update on the project.

Construction on the two-story building is entering its last phase. The new home is being built on 13 acres on East 37th Street near Rock Road.

The Children’s Home is a shelter for homeless, abused and neglected children under the age of 16. It has been located on Holyoke for the past 50 years.

Children’s Home CEO Debbie Kennedy says the shelter is nearly complete but there’s still work to be done on a new area.

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."

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.