About KVC Missouri

With more than 20 locations across Missouri and regional campuses in St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, and St. James, KVC Missouri offers the most comprehensive children’s mental health and family services across the state. With a legacy of caring that stretches back to the early 1800s, we provide family strengthening services, foster careoutpatient and residential children’s mental health treatment, K-12 therapeutic education, therapeutic adventure and wilderness programs, and more. We’re also exploring the need to add inpatient children’s mental health treatment to help families in crisis.

Through our broad continuum of care, we offer innovative quality care models, clinical expertise, and exceptional outcomes, including our groundbreaking work in trauma-informed care. Our 800+ caring team members and network of supporters are actively working together across the state, with one voice, to transform children’s mental health in the Greater St. Louis region and throughout the state.

KVC Missouri has received the prestigious Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the top nonprofit information source worldwide. Your generous donations have the power to positively impact the lives of children in need!

Careers That Inspire

Honoring individuality and working collaboratively in diverse groups, we support healthy, vibrant communities where every person belongs.

We bring that same positive, supportive and inclusive approach to our workplace. We attract and retain the finest professionals, and careers with KVC rank among the Top 1% of U.S. employers, as ranked by the Indeed Work Wellbeing Score which measures employee happiness, purpose, satisfaction, stress and more.


How We Help Children & Families

Our broad continuum of care means that children can access services from the least intensive, community-based care to the most intensive, children’s mental health residential treatment programs. As a subsidiary of KVC Health Systems, a national leader in child welfare and mental health, our expanded family of nonprofits is impacting the lives of 75,000 people each year by strengthening families, preventing child abuse and neglect, and helping people achieve mental health wellness  The KVC family consists of 2,400 professionals nationwide across 60 locations in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Kentucky and West Virginia, including several children’s mental health hospitals through our sister subsidiary Camber Children’s Mental Health. Get to know us better and join our movement to change lives and uplift communities.

Foster Care for Missouri Children & Teens

Are you wondering how to become a foster parent in Missouri? We’re here to support you every step of the way. Whether you’re in a smalltown community or a larger metro area, there is a child or teen who needs someone just like you. All you need is a desire to make a difference. Becoming a foster parent with KVC is an opportunity open to all people of any relationship status, income level, location or gender identity. Plus, you can foster a child at any stage of life. We have options that work in your life, right where you are – for exactly who you are. Check out our frequently asked questions about foster care here.

Foster a Child in Missouri


Community-Based Services

Our community-based services are provided to children and families in homes, schools, and other community settings. They aim to strengthen families and help people achieve mental wellness.

Therapeutic Academies

KVC Missouri operates several private therapeutic K-12 schools, approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, offering youth a place to heal, learn and grow. Our trauma-informed team works to build trusting relationships with students and empowers them with individualized tools. We provide a unique learning environment where no one feels different, and students have the support needed to unlock their full potential.

Children’s Mental Health Residential Treatment

In residential treatment, youth receive intensive clinical services in a home-like environment with 24-hour supervision and support from trained clinicians and staff to help them overcome mental and behavioral health challenges. We offer two levels of treatment called Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTFs) and Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) in Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield and St. James. We’re also exploring the need to add children’s mental health hospitals in underserved areas of the state.

What Makes KVC Unique

Nonprofits in the KVC Health Systems network are nationally known for being uniquely effective at serving children and families. KVC is:

  • Built on a nearly 200 year track record of quality and excellence, with one of the nation’s broadest continuums of care.
  • The only U.S. nonprofit that has 25 years’ continuous experience as a state foster care case management provider.
  • A great place to work! A national survey shows our team members are significantly more engaged than the average worker due to KVC’s inspiring mission, tremendous flexibility, inclusive culture and robust compensation and benefits.
  • Trusted by state social services agencies in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Kentucky and West Virginia, and has consulted for Washington, D.C.; Hennepin Co, MN; Fairfax County, VA; Singapore and more.
  • Recognized for the results of a five-year study with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and others showing that KVC’s trauma-informed care creates positive outcomes.

Get Involved

There are many large and small ways you can help children and families through KVC Missouri. Whether you contribute your time, your resources, or your voice, each caring touch makes a big difference in the lives of others.

Get to Know Us

We invite you to use the links below to learn more about who we are and what we do:

See KVC’s national partners and affiliations to understand the breadth and depth of what we can do for children and families.