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1911 East 23rd St.
Kansas City, MO 64127
Providing Life-Saving Children’s Psychiatric Care
Our sister organization, KVC Niles, has a legacy of providing compassionate care to children and teens in the heart of Kansas City for more than a century. In Niles’ residential treatment program, youth receive intensive clinical services in a home-like living environment with 24-hour supervision from highly trained clinicians and staff. Youth receiving day treatment services are provided therapeutic and educational opportunities throughout the day while they attend Niles Prep, an accredited alternative education program for grades K-12.
Niles’ safe, secure, and child-friendly environment encourages positive interactions and creativity. Recreation features include an indoor gym, a teaching kitchen for life skills and dietary health, an outdoor therapeutic garden and sports activity spaces. Its private visitation rooms offer a comfortable, welcoming space for family therapy, visits and evaluations. For those unable to travel, they offer secure tele-video as an option for family therapy and visits.
Niles has been a safe haven for children and teens since 1883 when Samuel Eason, an African American bricklayer, began caring for homeless children in his neighborhood near the historic 18th and Vine area. In 1896, the organization was incorporated under the name “Colored People’s Charity Association.”
After Mr. Eason’s passing in the early 1900s, Dr. Katherine B. Richardson, founder of Children’s Mercy Hospital, and other civic-minded citizens launched a campaign to build a new home to serve the needs of homeless children.
In 1924, local philanthropists Frank and Emma Niles donated land and constructed a mansion to house up to 100 children.
In the 1960s, the agency evolved from a custodial home to a residential treatment center to serve children with emotional challenges. Also during that time, the agency decided to open its residential treatment services to children of all races. In 1987, Niles Prep (Day Treatment) was created to serve Niles residents and students from surrounding school districts needing academic, emotional and behavioral intervention.
In 2017, Niles merged with KVC Health Systems to partner with KVC’s broad continuum of care. Read more about the partnership here.