About KVC Missouri

Thousands of Missouri Children and Families Are Hurting. Here’s How We Help

According to Missouri KIDS COUNT, nearly 228,000 Missouri children live in poverty, making it more difficult for their families to meet their needs. Many families also experience serious challenges such as mental illness, substance use, family discord, child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, parental incarceration, and inadequate support networks of family and friends to weather life’s storms.

KVC Missouri is a private, nonprofit organization that strengthens families, prevents child abuse and neglect, and helps people achieve mental health wellness. Its flagship location, KVC Niles in Kansas City, has a strong 139-year legacy as it was founded when Samuel Eason began caring for homeless children in 1883. The organization became Niles Home for Children and then joined KVC Health Systems in 2017. KVC Missouri’s services include family strengthening prevention, day treatment (K-12 school), children’s behavioral health services ranging from intensive outpatient to psychiatric residential treatment, treatment foster care, foster parent training and other community-based services for families.

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KVC Missouri’s parent organization, KVC Health Systems, is a family of private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations working to ensure every child is safe and connected to a strong family and a healthy community. The organization has about 1,600 professionals nationwide across 35 locations in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, and West Virginia. KVC has positively impacted the lives of over 300,000 people in its 50+ year history of providing heart-centered service. To learn more, visit www.kvc.org. You can also learn more about KVC’s partners and affiliations here.

Our Leadership Team


Lindsey Stephenson, LSCSW, is President of KVC Missouri. She has been with KVC Health Systems for 16 years. During this time, she has been part of teams that increased foster and adoptive families by 78%, helped right-size congregate care of children in foster care from 30% to just 4%, and transformed youth residential centers into Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs). These enhancements are all in line with the Family First Prevention Services Act which became law in 2017. Learn more about Lindsey Stephenson here or meet our KVC Missouri leadership team here.

Services We Provide

KVC Missouri provides a wide range of family strengthening, child welfare, and mental health services. We are working toward a world in which every person is safe and connected to a strong family and a healthy community.

Children’s Psychiatric Residential Treatment
At KVC Niles, youth receive intensive clinical services in a home-like environment with 24-hour supervision and support from our trained clinicians and staff. Youth learn emotion regulation and coping skills and practice the skills they are learning while enjoying fun and educational community outings. Our primary goal is to help each child safely transition back to their community with improved emotion regulation and cognitive processing skills.

Day Treatment
KVC Niles’ day treatment services are provided to students of Niles Prep School, a K-12 private school approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. This trauma-informed school provides education and therapy to youth through personalized treatment goals; individual, group and family therapy; and small classroom sizes. Niles Prep School offers youth with a place to heal, change, and grow, and a place where learning is fun.

Intensive Outpatient Program
KVC’s Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for families where youth are experiencing greater behavioral and mental health difficulties than what traditional outpatient services can provide. The purpose of this program is to provide intensive and focused short term clinical services to youth so families can safely stay together and prevent out-of-home care. This program improves youth relational abilities that will correlate to family, school and community life. The format focuses on group activities and skill building and also includes individual support for the child as well as family therapy and parent education and support groups.

Intensive Family Services
The Intensive Family Services program is designed for youth who are struggling at home or in the
community and are at risk for residential care or who are transitioning out of residential care into the home or community. IFS services will wrap around the youth and family by providing community- and homebased clinical wrap-around services. The IFS program will also serve youth who are transitioning out of residential care and who need continued support and stabilization as they are reintegrated back into the community.

Strong and Connected
The Strong and Connected Program provides a path toward hope and healing for families. It is a nationally and internationally recognized evidence-based intervention. Depending on its implementation, Strong and Connected acts as an effective family preservation and reunification service. It is a 14-week family program that brings families together for a meal and weekly skill building in areas such as family communication, parent supervision, family attachment, child development, parental substance use and understanding risk and protective factors to avoid substance use.

Treatment Foster Care
The Treatment Foster Care Program is a form of specialized foster care that provides individualized therapeutic interventions to children with significant medical, developmental, emotional, or behavioral needs who require a higher level of care. The program provides caregivers with additional supports to allow youth in foster care with elevated needs to be successful in a community-based family setting.

Training for Foster and Adoptive Families
KVC Missouri offers a range of training classes for new foster or adoptive families or current foster families who want to deepen their expertise. See the KVC Missouri event calendar here.