RESIDENTIAL GROUP CARE
The Lawrence Children’s Shelter runs two residential group homes for youth ages 10 to 18. Most of our youth are in foster care due to abuse and neglect and come to us via referral from the state child welfare contractors. We also offer emergency shelter beds, police protective custody beds and can provide respite beds for families wishing to place with us through a private arrangement. Some youth stay several years while some stay only a few days. With a full staff of trained social workers, we can accommodate up to 28 children at a time. Our service area includes the entire state but about 35% of our kids come from Douglas County with 45% coming from nearby Wyandotte, Shawnee, Johnson, and Leavenworth counties.
We provide emergency and temporary care, giving children a safe haven for as long as youth need our services, and as long as our services are helping them. While in our care, youth attend public schools and receive additional tutoring services. We ensure their healthcare and therapeutic needs are met by working with local providers. We offer life skills training and many of our youth work in the community and participate in extracurricular activities. We work hard to meet youth where they are at.
What Is Foster Care?