Kids for Keeps

Strengthening Families to Raise Healthy Children

Kids for Keeps is for parents and caregivers who want to connect with their family and strengthen family bonds. Participants will learn new techniques to keep their children and youth safe, at home, in school, and in community-based services.


New classes begin every day! Contact us to sign up, call 1-800-499-8732 ext. 232 or email Dr. Jane Adams for more information.

Kids for Keeps helps parents develop the skills needed to build healthy youth who are ready to live independently. The course uses demonstrated techniques that help parents raise children who have:

  • Self-Esteem - ability to values themselves
  • Self-Determination - ability to think and act for themselves
  • Social Competence - ability to interact with others in positive ways

Kids for Keeps offers evidence-based methods to manage behavior and step-by-step guidance from parenthood survivors, including:

  • Practice exercises based on real problems presented by real Kansas parents.
  • Strategic planning to prepare youth for real life with real life skills
  • Connection to the Keys’ statewide network of families with kids who have similar needs.
  • Online, 24/7 access to basic information regarding behavior management, understanding the impact of trauma on development, and helping youth who have had trauma in their life.
  • Weekly telephone discussions with other parents to discuss the course content and best parenting practices
  • Weekly telephone discussions with other parents to discuss the course content and best parenting practices
  • Access to the Keys for Networking state and national resources designed to help parents raise their children at home and in their neighborhood schools.
  • One—to-one assistance with:
    • Managing youth behaviors
    • Transitioning youth home from out-of-home placements
    • Securing and integrating education, mental health, primary care, and substance abuse services.


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