These organizations are featured here because they provide, in addition to their wide scope of services, programs and services that help build healthy relationships between adults and children.
2 ways to connect with these RKC Healthful Partners:
1. Scroll below and contact the organizations that meet your needs.
2. Use the search features to find the specific services and locations you’re looking for.

AdventHealth ParentCare

ParentCare= Coaching - Advice - Resources - Education AdventHealth has created a new standard of ongoing, whole-family care to ease your mind, body and spirit. We’ve named it AdventHealth ParentCare, and it's the first program of its kind in the United States. ParentCare is the place you can turn to with any question or concern about yourself or your children and get free, trusted, personal answers from experts who will listen. Location: Merriam, Overland Park
Services: Behavior Checker®, Behavioral and Mental Health, Childbirth and Parent Education Programs, Fitness and Wellness Classes, Lactation Consulting and Warm Line, Maternity Navigators, Parent Coaching, Pediatric Primary Care, Perinatal Bereavement Support, Postpartum Emotional Support, Resources and Referrals, Special Needs Education and Therapies through Britain Development, Support Groups, Women's Health

Beacon Mental Health Services

Beacon Mental Health Services began in 1990, to provide safety-net services to Clay, Platte and Ray Counties in Missouri in the areas of mental and behavioral health, and substance use disorders.  Our mission is to provide prevention and recovery-oriented mental health and substance use services which are quality assured and person-centered, with increased attention to the “whole person."  Our 24-Hour Emergency Crisis Line: 1-888-279-8188

Location: Clay County, Platte County, Ray County
Services: Behavioral Health Crisis, Counseling families with young children, Crisis Line, Domestic Violence Assistance, Educational resources, Family Communication, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parent Empowerment Programs, Parenting, Resilience Training, School Based Services, Substance Use Disorder, Suicide Prevention, Support Groups, Teen Support Programs, Therapy

Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City

Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City works to clear the path to a child’s biggest possible future by Matching them with a caring, adult mentor in a one-to-one friendship. “Bigs” help “Littles” ignite, empower and defend their potential by standing with them. Last year, 100% of the Senior Littles graduated high school, 84% reported improved self-esteem, and 71% reported improved grades since being Matched. Location: Kansas City
Services: Youth Mentoring Organization

Black Health Care Coalition

Location: Jackson County, Wyandotte County
Services: Behavior Checker®, Diabetic Management Programs, Faith in Wellness Programs, Family Health Programs, Infant Mortality Prevention, Parent Empowerment Programs, Wellness Classes

Blue Valley Parents as Teachers

Monthly home visits, group connections, resource connection and screening for any family with a child in the Blue Valley School District prenatal-three years of age and 3-5 years of age if they have 2 or more risk factors.  We provide bi/monthly home visits, screenings including ASQ SE, provide parent child interaction based weekly playgroups and monthly group connections. Provide adult "classes" around discipline, positive behavior support, sleep, toiletings, etc. We are strength based and our curriculum includes the Protective Factors. Help connect families to resources in the community as needed. Help parents understand the meaning behind their children's behaviors. Help parents build social systems of support. Location: Johnson County
Services: Behavior, Behavior Checker®, Family Communication, Home visits, Parenting, Screening

Church of the Resurrection Building Better Moms

Building Better Moms, a program of Resurrection, that strives to meet you right where you are as a mother, woman and friend. We provide support for moms while giving moms opportunities to support one another. Come enjoy connection, food, fellowship, speakers, group discussion, leadership opportunities, mission projects and more as we learn, grow and serve together. Childcare available upon request. Location:
Services: Behavior, Counseling families with young children, Educational resources, Family Communication, Family Health Programs, Parent Education Programs, Parent Empowerment Programs, Parenting, Support Groups

Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition

The Greater Kansas City Mental Health Coalition collaborates across KC agencies to support, engage and provide essential human services for people facing challenges in everyday life or times of crisis-regardless of faith, age, culture or lifestyle. Location: Brookside, Clay County, Douglas County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Kansas City, Overland Park, Platte County
Services: Behavior, Domestic Violence Assistance, Educational resources, Elderly Care Management, Family Communication, Food Pantry, Home visits, Housing, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parenting, Substance Use Disorder, Suicide Prevention, Therapy

Growing Futures Early Education Center

Growing Futures Early Education Center, a Head Start for children and families, is a non-profit organization, providing quality early learning opportunities and family support services for children in Johnson County, Kansas. Our Early Head Start and Head Start programs are for children 0-5 and their families. Enrolled families also have access to a variety of comprehensive support services, including health and nutrition services, onsite play therapy, parent education, mental health, medical and dental health, family support and engagement opportunities. Our education program focuses on developing a child’s academic readiness, along with an emphasis on social and emotional development. Location: Johnson County, Overland Park
Services: Behavior, Behavior Checker®, Early childhood learning, Education and Support Groups, Educational resources, Family Activities, Family Communication, Head Start, Home visits, Kindergarten preparation program, Mental Health, Mental Health Counceling, Nutriton Programs, Parent Education Programs, Parenting

Jewish Family Services

 JFS provides counseling, workshops, and parent education on topics including parenting concerns, positive discipline, peer pressure, bullying, and interfaith parenting. Family Life Education will tailor programs to meet the needs of groups such as educators, pre-school parents or Baby Boomers. JFS’ YouBeYou program and accompanying website youbeyou.us connects youth, parents and educators to mental health, suicide prevention and wellness resources to integrate mind, body and soul through the journey of life. JFS provides essential human services for people facing challenges in everyday life or times of crisis — regardless of faith, age, culture, or lifestyle. Location: Kansas City, Overland Park
Services: Behavior, Behavior Checker®, Behavioral Health Crisis, Counseling families with young children, Counseling Teens, Domestic Violence Assistance, Elderly Care Management, Family Communication, Food Pantry, Housing, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parent Empowerment Programs, Parenting, Suicide Prevention, Support Groups, Therapy

Johnson County Mental Health

An example of one of the many programs building positive adult-child relationships offered by Johnson County Mental Health is the Strengthening Families Program (SFP).  SFP is an evidence-based prevention program for parents and children ages 3-5, 6-11 and 12-16 who would benefit from additional support to promote positive behavior change. SFP consists of parenting skills, children's life skills, and family skills training courses taught together in fourteen sessions.  For immediate crisis needs call the crisis line at 913-268-0156, 24/7/365. Location: Mission, Olathe, Shawnne
Services: Behavior, Counseling families with young children, Domestic Violence Assistance, Family Communication, Family Health Programs, Hotline, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parent Empowerment Programs, Parenting, Suicide Prevention, Support Groups, Therapy

Kansas City Public Library

Be a part of our Library family! We offer great books, activities, and more for kids of all ages.  Plus, Books to Go, a monthly hand-curated delivery of reading materials to bring the library to home childcares, preschools or Kindergarten sites located within the KCMO Public School District that care for children 6 and under.  Our Summer Reading Program is also a part of Books to Go sites. Location: Kansas City
Services: Books to Go, Dial-A-Story Phone Line, Educational resources, Family Activities, Homework Resources, Interactive Storybooks, Recommended Reading, Services for Educators

Mattie Rhodes Center

Mattie Rhodes Center is a nonprofit agency celebrating it’s 127th year of serving the Greater Kansas City community. We are committed to building a stronger city by working toward the vision of living in a vibrant community where all individuals and families are healthy, safe and have the resources to thrive. Mattie Rhodes Center provides a holistic approach to individual and family well-being through social services, behavioral health counseling and the arts. Our staff provides culturally competent programming in the following five areas:
  1. Community Behavioral Health(behavioral health, LGBT+ youth support, family violence, in-school services, substance abuse prevention & treatment)
  2. Youth Development(youth development, supportive living, soccer for success)
  3. Community Support(health and wellness workshops and classes, weekly free COVID testing, economic development)
  4. Cultural Arts(arts education, exhibits and collections)
  5. Emergency Assistance (Service Coordination including help with: food, rent and utilities resources)
Mattie Rhodes is the only fully bilingual/bicultural (English/Spanish), nationally accredited, and state-certified behavioral health care provider in the Greater Kansas City region.
Location: Clay County, Jackson County, Platte County
Services: Behavior, Domestic Violence Therapy and Service Coordination, Education and Support Groups, LGBTQ+ youth gorup, Mental Health Counceling, School Based Services, Soccer for Success, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Support Groups, Therapy for all ages, Young Adult Supportive Living (Visionaries), Youth after-school Art Programs, Youth development programs

Missouri First Steps

First Steps is Missouri's Early Intervention system that provides services to families with children, birth to three years of age, with disabilities or developmental delays. The program is designed to meet the needs of families related to enhancing their child's development, learning, and participation in family and community life.  Our providers go into the home to work with families and their children. A big part of that is empowering them to have the tools and resources to help their child.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is the lead state agency responsible for implementing the First Steps program. Contact local First Steps System Point of Entry for more information. Location: Missouri
Services: Behavior, Home visits, Parenting, Screening

Northland Coalition

Through community involvement, leadership, and the sharing of resources, the Northland Coalition promotes and encourages the positive, healthy, and safe lifestyle decisions of our youth. When we are intentional, and work together, we can ensure that ALL kids have the opportunity to thrive.  The Northland Coalition, through our Roots of Resilience program, has launched three different categories of action that adults can take to build resilience in youth!  When we model and teach self care, build connections, and challenge growth, we get out ahead of issues like youth substance use and build our communities’ strength. Location: Clay County, Platte County, Ray County
Services: Educational resources, Parent Education Programs, Parent Empowerment Programs, Parenting, Resilience Training

PACES Wyandot Behavioral Health Network

PACES serves children and adolescents who are experiencing behavioral and emotional issues. We provide a full spectrum of mental and behavioral health services designed to help children and adolescents cope with feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety or grief through person-centered services, including therapy, case management, respite care and psychosocial groups.  Please call us at 913-563-6500 to schedule your first appointment today.  Crisis Line: 913-788-4200 Location: Kansas, Wyandotte County
Services: Behavioral Health Crisis, Crisis Line, Emergency Shelter, Home visits, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Screening, Substance Use Disorder, Suicide Prevention, Support Groups, Teen Support Programs, Therapy

Project Eagle

At Project Eagle we envision a community where children’s futures are determined by their interests and dreams and not by their circumstances. Our mission is to respond to the particular needs of the community’s youngest and most vulnerable children and their families. We focus on 1) Preparing children through high quality early learning experiences; 2) Engaging families through strengthening parenting capacity; and 3) Promoting excellence through targeted partnerships to impact the early education field. Location: Wyandotte County
Services: Early childhood learning, Home visits, Parent Education Programs, Screening

Raised with Love and Limits Foundation

Our foundation supports the new public health movement of preventing toxic stress in children’s lives to improve their health, learning and behavior.
From dealing with food, fussing, following directions or freaking out over rules to focusing on communicating with family members and respecting everyone’s feelings, raising a child with “Love and Limits” means putting into practice the lessons we’ve learned from studying how to nurture ourselves for the best chances of living in good health—mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Location: Clay County, Douglas County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Kansas City, Leavenworth County, Platte County, Wyandotte County
Services: Behavior, Behavior Checker®, Educational resources, Family Communication, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parenting, Public Health, Suicide Prevention

Research Psychiatric Center

Our staff, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and licensed counselors, is committed to delivering you and your loved ones expert and compassionate care regardless of age or circumstance. Our specialized care teams use comprehensive psychiatric, psychosocial and medical evaluations to make sure that we find the best course of treatment for you and your specific needs. Location: Kansas City, Overland Park
Services: Behavior, Behavioral Health Crisis, Counseling Teens, Screening, Teen Support Programs

Synergy Services, Inc.

Our mission is to create a community free of family violence.  Through a variety of programs designed to work together, we heal trauma and build resilience in individuals to create strong families and safe communities.  If you or someone you know is unsafe at home, operators at our crisis hotlines are here to provide supportive, judgment free assistance. Location: Gladstone, Missouri, Parkville
Services: Behavior Checker®, Counseling families with young children, Domestic Violence Assistance, Hotline, Housing, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Pediatric Primary Care, Resilience Training, Safe Place, Street Outreach, Suicide Prevention, Support Groups, Teens and Tots Clinic, Temporary Housing

The Regnier Family Wonderscope Children's Museum of Kansas City

The Regnier Family Wonderscope Children’s Museum mission is to spark a lifelong love of learning through the universal and uniting power of play! Like RaisingKC, Wonderscope aims to strengthen families and help prepare children for a lifetime of success by promoting the healthy physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of our youngest community members. Location: Clay County, Douglas County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Wyandotte County
Services: Behavior Checker®, Educational resources, Kindergarten preparation program, Parent Education Programs, Pop-up activities, Weekday programs

UMKC Department of Communications and Journalism

Produced by the UMKC Department of Communication and Journalism, The "RKC: Connect with a Child" Podcast episodes feature interviews with child healthcare leaders in our community. Their helpful evidence-based advice shows adults how to make healthy connections with children, the kind that can prevent medical, behavior and learning problems for a lifetime. Our thanks to the faculty and students from the UMKC Journalism and Communications Department who produced this series. Creation of this work was supported by The Curators of the University of Missouri on behalf of the University of Missouri-Kansas City and its students and faculty. The Department of Communication and Journalism specializes in three areas — Digital Journalism and Media, Professional Communication and Strategic Communication. Our faculty — award-winning scholars and journalists — inspire our students to understand the practical and theoretical aspects of human communication through classroom work, collaborative research and projects, internships and professional development. Location: Kansas City
Services: Digital Journalism, Internship Programs, Media, Professinal Communication, Strategic Communication

University Health

University Health provides complete behavioral health services. If you are struggling, we want you to know that you are not alone. We are here to help you live to your full potential. Our caring staff provides the support people need to:
  • Regain their quality of life and independence.
  • Function in their daily lives, at work and at school.
  • Break the chains of addiction.
  • Cope with a loved one's mental health diagnosis.
Location: Jackson County, Kansas City, Lee's Summit
Services: Behavior, Mental Health, Parent Education Programs, Parenting, Screening, Substance Use Disorder, Therapy

University of Kansas Pediatrics

We provide a complete range of primary care services for children from birth to age 21. Our medical staff includes board-certified pediatricians experienced in providing care for common conditions, serious illnesses and chronic diseases. We partner with Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for several pediatric services to accommodate children with special needs.
Location: Jackson County, Johnson County, Wyandotte County
Services: Behavior, Behavior Checker®, Lactation Consulting, Nutriton Programs, Parent Education Programs, Parenting, Pediatric Primary Care, Reach out and Read, Screening