KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. (formerly Kaw Valley Center) is a private, not-for-profit organization providing a continuum of medical and behavioral healthcare, education, and social services to children and families. KVC is the most comprehensive behavioral healthcare network in Kansas, providing one of the most extensive continuums of care for at-risk children. We also have locations in Nebraska, West Virginia, Kentucky and are opening a new location in Hays, KS in March 2010.
KVC Behavioral HealthCare began in 1970 as Wyandotte House, a single group home for boys and has grown into an organization serving over 10,000 children a year. KVC's success in improving the lives of children and families stems from the philosophies of innovation, adaptability and creativity. When KVC sees a need for children, we work toward a solution.
In 1996, Kansas privatized its foster care system and now contracts with private agencies for the care of children in state custody. KVC serves as the state’s largest child care provider and is responsible for 40% of the children in the state’s child welfare system. KVC holds the contract for regions two and three covering a 30 county area. These counties include Johnson and Wyandotte and expand south to Miami county, north to the Nebraska border and west to Saline County. Under the new model developed by Kansas Social Rehabilitative Services (SRS), KVC will maintain responsibility for returning children safely to their homes or for placing the children with loving and caring adoptive families.
The mission of KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. is to enrich and enhance the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education.
KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. began in 1970 with a group home for boys founded by the Juvenile Courts, Jaycees, and Junior League of Kansas City, Kansas. In 1992, the Board of Directors changed the name of the organization to Kaw Valley Center and in 2000, to KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. KVC is a private not-for-profit organization providing an integrated system of services for emotionally and behaviorally impaired, abused, neglected, runaway and homeless children age birth through 18. Since 1970, KVC has grown to provide services in 54 counties across eastern Kansas.