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Foster Care & Adoption

Crittenton Children's Center

Through no fault of their own, many children in our community have experienced abuse or neglect at the hands of a parent or caregiver. Crittenton is committed to helping ensure that every child has the opportunity to grow up in a stable and loving home, in which their physical, emotional, and social needs are met. An important part of this commitment is Crittenton's foster care and adoption services.

Each year, Crittenton provides foster care case management and adoption services for more than 300 children in Jackson, Johnson and Cass counties in Missouri. We believe that every child has the right to grow up in a stable and loving home—one in which his or her physical, emotional and social needs are met. Our top priority is to identify and develop each family’s strengths and to create a plan for safely returning children back to their homes. When this isn’t possible, we work to connect children with relatives or other permanent family options, such as adoption or guardianship.

Through case management, social workers coordinate with families, the courts, community support services, and others to ensure the safety and care of each child. Children with behavior or emotional issues, or those in need of extensive medical care, receive services in specially trained homes or more intensive programs. All children receive the therapy and resources necessary to restore their hope and put them on a path of healing and growth.

Become a foster parent

We can help you determine if foster parenting is right for you and your family. We provide extensive training as well as ongoing support and education. The program includes a series of assessments and comprehensive background checks.

Call 816-986-5214 or 816-765-6600 to learn more about becoming a foster parent and about the children in need of a forever home.

Child abuse and neglect hotline

Toll-free child abuse and neglect hotlines accept confidential reports of suspected child abuse, neglect, or exploitation seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Missouri Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 800-392-3738
Kansas Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 800-922-5330
National Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline: 800-422-4453

Contact us

Marion M. Morris
Resource Development Specialist
816-986-5214
mmmorris@saint-lukes.org

Jude Walker 
Resource Development Specialist
816-986-5213