The Children’s Program



One of the very first programs that Rose Brooks Center established since opening its shelter in 1979 was the Children’s Program. Created in 1980, the program sought to help address the incredible emotional needs of those also impacted by domestic violence – the children.

Still today, the Children’s Program is a significant part of Rose Brooks’ mission, as we work to break the cycle of domestic violence. “What most people do not realize is at any given time approximately 40% of all of our 100 residents are children under the age of seventeen,” explains Scott Mason, Director of Marketing at Rose Brooks Center. It is for this reason that we provide a wide variety of services to not only support their emotional healing, but to decrease the likelihood that the cycle of domestic violence would continue.

The impact of the Children’s Program also extends to the parents. Rose Brooks Case Managers help parents with safety planning and connecting with community resources to meet their children’s basic needs, school enrollment, health care, nutrition, and clothing. As a matter of fact, 95% of the parents living in shelter with their children can identify ways to support their child’s healing once engaged in services. This is breaking the cycle!

“What I want people to know is that living in a domestic violence relationship can be such a lonely place to live, and it kept me and my daughter from growing. I want people to realize there is hope and there is help. Working with Rose Brooks helped me and my daughter to both dream about our futures.” – Jennifer

To learn more about our Children’s Program:

Also learn about our school-based program, Project SAFE®. Each year, Project SAFE serves over 1,000 Kansas City area youth, ranging from Pre-K to Senior High.

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Rose Brooks Center

Rose Brooks Center is about saving lives. Read letters from the CEO, stories about featured programs, and more here.

Bridge Program

Serving patients experiencing domestic violence in the safety of local hospitals and clinics.

Children's Programs

Offering a wide variety of services to support the emotional and physical well-being of children who are healing from domestic violence.

Community Training

Since 2001, Rose Brooks Center has been providing quality domestic violence education to the Kansas City community and beyond.

Court Advocacy

Advocating for and guiding survivors through complex court systems.

Economic Empowerment

Helping survivors repair the effects of economic abuse through credit repair, budgeting, and education.

Emergency Shelter

Providing a safe sanctuary where individuals, families, and pets are welcomed, wrapped in support, and can begin to heal.

Employment Advocacy

Employment Advocacy includes developing job interview skills, job search, and ongoing support to survivors in maintaining employment.


Providing confidential support, information, individual safety planning, resources, and more. The 24-hour Hotline is 816-861-6100.


Helping survivors find safe, affordable housing and gain economic stability within a safe home, free from violence.

Onsite Clinic

On-site medical and healthcare services within the safety of emergency shelter.

Pet Shelter

An on-site state-of-the art pet shelter for dogs, cats, and other family pets.

Police Advocacy

Providing advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and education for officers to improve victims safety.

Project SAFE

A school-based violence prevention program working to end the cycle of domestic violence by providing support to youth dealing with violence at home or communities.


Stories about our incredible volunteers and the work they do to support our mission.