Child Abuse

These are COMBAT-funded programs with a child abuse emphasis or component.

Amethyst Place Prevention Prgrams

AMETHYST PLACE PROGRAM -- Prevention programming is delivered through Amethyst Place's Family Empowerment and Therapeutic Support Programs. The Family Empowerment Program provides prevention services related to child abuse (e.g. Parent Cafes, Strengthening Families, and Conscious Discipline programming), domestic violence (e.g. Healthy Relationships programming), drug use prevention (e.g. recovery coaching and meetings, Caring for Kids prevention), ex­offenders and violence (e.g. court advocacy), parenting and family interventions (e.g. Parent Cafes, Strengthening Families, and Conscious Discipline). The Therapeutic Support Program helps families heal from past trauma, stabilize mental health and improve parenting skills. Amethyst Place serves Jackson County mothers and children overcoming generational poverty, substance use, and trauma. In 2020, this included residential services provided to 50 women and 103 children, as well as 55 program graduates in aftercare services.

CAPA Healthy Families Jackson County

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION ASSOCIATION PROGRAM -- CAPA's mission is to prevent and treat all forms of child abuse and neglect by creating changes in individuals, families and society that strengthen relationships and promote healing. CAPA's prevention programming includes Healthy Families Jackson County (HFJC), a voluntary, home visitation program open to families in Jackson County from the time they are prenatal until children reach the age three. HFJC uses the Healthy Families America model to provide in-depth services to families on a weekly basis. The primary goal of the program is reducing instances of abuse, maltreatment and violence against children by providing comprehensive support and education for new mothers. Research shows that the best way to prevent child abuse is by helping to facilitate safe and healthy homes for children.

Child Protection Center

CHILD PROTECTION CENTER, INC. PROGRAM -- The mission of the Child Protection Center (CPC) is to respect the child and protect their voice throughout the investigation of child abuse. The CPC accomplishes its mission and program purpose by providing forensic interviews, family advocacy and mental health services to children ages 3-17 living in Jackson County, who are victims of sexual and physical abuse or who have witnessed a homicide or violent crimes and their non-offending caregivers. The CPC’s Program ensures that children who are victims of child abuse or witness to violent crimes are properly identified, that their statements are made through forensic interviews, and that they are ensured access to all necessary mental health treatments and social supports as soon as possible. In 2019, the CPC served 807 victims of child abuse. Of those, 672 were from Jackson County.

MOCSA Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention

METROPOLITAN ORGANIZATION TO COUNT SEXUAL ASSAULT (MOSCA) PROGRAM -- Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention is an expansion program that builds on MOCSA’s success with COMBAT in previous years. This program uses a multi-level public health model to prevent sexual assault, child sexual abuse and rape, through two components: 1) MOCSA’s highly successful Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors (YPSB) component, an Indicated/Intensive Individualized/Tertiary Prevention effort targeting youth ages 6- to 14-years-old and their families/caregivers. 2) The MOCSA-launched Kansas City, Missouri Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition (KCMO-SVP). Together, the purpose of this two-pronged program is to prevent sexual violence make Jackson County a safer place to live. These two components, combined with MOCSA’s successful Secondary Prevention work in schools, provide an ideal, comprehensive public health approach to addressing sexual assault and sexual abuse in the community.

Listed By Agency


    These are the agencies that have a COMBAT-funded program with a child abuse emphasis or component.

    Amethys Place
    » Prevention Programs

    Child Abuse Prevention Association
    » Healthy Families Jackson County

    Child Protection Center, Inc.
    » Child Protection Center Program

    Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA)
    » Comprehensive Sexual Violence Prevention In Jackson County