A Voice for Jane and John

posted Apr 15, 2020, 2:08 PM by Jill Shehi Chapman   [ updated Apr 24, 2020, 9:29 AM ]

LifeHouse is happy to announce our campaign, "A Voice for Jane and John"! This campaign is all about shining a light on child abuse in the communities that we serve. A top priority at LifeHouse is protecting children’s identities and their stories. Our passion for raising awareness of child abuse while ensuring confidentiality has inspired LifeHouse to create this campaign!

In collaboration with community leaders, our multi-disciplinary team, LifeHouse board members, community supporters and volunteers, we have put together a video where the participants read aloud the names and ages of each and every child served at LifeHouse in 2019, however, the names have been replaced with “Jane Doe” or “John Doe.”

We hope through this campaign, we can put a spotlight on this issue and show just how many children are impacted by abuse in our community each year. We want to show that these are not children who are nameless or unknown. These children are in each school and each neighborhood in our city, our county, and our state.

We have officially released our "A Voice for Jane and John" video! We think that each second of the 15 minutes you will spend watching it will be worth it! Thank you for caring about these kids!

Child Abuse Prevention Month Action Calendar

posted Apr 6, 2020, 2:39 PM by Jill Shehi Chapman   [ updated Apr 6, 2020, 2:42 PM ]

April is an important month for Child Advocacy Centers all across America. Why you ask? Because it is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 1983, the first Child Abuse Prevention Month occurred when President Ronald Reagan April to be Child Abuse Prevention Month. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center has taken Child Abuse Prevention Month 2020 virtual. We have created an April Action Calendar to keep you up to date with everything we are doing this month, to include the resources and information we are providing and the virtual campaigns and events we are hosting! Take a look at our April Action Calendar below!

COVID-19 Coronavirus update

posted Mar 19, 2020, 2:49 PM by Jill Shehi Chapman

    Like the rest of our nation and the rest of the world, LifeHouse is doing our best to stay up to date with the latest developments concerning the virus pandemic. LifeHouse staff will continue to serve kids and families as best as we can during these challenging times. If you are scheduled for an appointment at LifeHouse, please follow the screening policy listed below. Staff will do everything we can to get you rescheduled in a manner that is safe for everyone.  Please don't hesitate to call the office at 785-232-5433 or email us at and we will do our best to get back with you as soon as possible.

Our best wishes that everyone remain safe and healthy.

                                        -LifeHouse Staff

Any Safe Talk Team member, guest, visitor, or family (caregivers & kids) who has, in the last 14 days:

  •   Traveled to an affected area
  •   Traveled on a cruise
  •   Traveled internationally
  •   Has been around someone who is sick
  •   Is experiencing fever, body aches or cough
  •   Knowingly has been exposed to Coronavirus

will need to reschedule their appointment at LifeHouse.  LifeHouse Staff will be more than happy to reschedule for a more appropriate time.  We will also be taking extra measures to disinfect all surfaces more frequently.

***Please inform LifeHouse staff if you have traveled outside of Shawnee County, Kansas as well.

Upcoming Ways to Support LifeHouse

posted Feb 3, 2020, 1:51 PM by Jill Shehi Chapman

Find more information on how to attend, sponsor or support these events by checking out our Facebook page or call us at the office 785-232-5433.  Thanks to our partners in the community for supporting LifeHouse and the kids we serve.

Envista Cares

posted Apr 3, 2019, 8:22 AM by Jill Shehi Chapman   [ updated May 13, 2019, 8:21 AM ]

The community raised $2,421 which was matched by Envista Credit Union at $2,500 and by Jim Garrison State Farm Agency at $1,250 for a total of $6,171 raised during April! Thank you!
    Envista Credit Union has launched a monthly initiative to highlight local nonprofit organizations through the Envista Cares Challenge. The Envista Cares Challenge provides a local organization with a one-month media package and a $2,500 challenge grant. For every dollar given to the organization during the month, Envista will match up to $2,500. Giving can be done easily online at

“It is our goal to give a voice and shine a spotlight on those organizations that are doing exceptional work in our community, while encouraging our community to give,” said Tara Dimick, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Envista. “We were inspired by the old proverb, ‘It takes village.’ We are a part of that village and we are here to help.”

This month Envista has partnered with LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center for the Envista Cares Challenge. April is especially important to LifeHouse as it is National Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month. In 2018, LifeHouse conducted 342 forensic interviews of children who had been sexually abused, physically abused or who had witnessed violence. Research shows that children who are believed and supported from the first time they disclose abuse have a much better chance of recovery. LifeHouse has served Topeka for 20 years as the glue that holds everyone together as children and their families navigate this painful path.

 “We were recently asked what makes us special. It’s our passion in helping children, who have been abused or victimized, tell their story in a safe place to professionals who can help them,” said Kelly Durkin, Executive Director of LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center. “We coordinate a team to stop offenders and to help children heal. We are with them every step of the way. We are their advocate.”

In addition to the Envista Cares Challenge of a $2,500 matching gift for donations to LifeHouse in the month of April, Jim Garrison, Board Member for LifeHouse and Owner of the Jim Garrison State Farm Agency is providing a matching gift as well.

“Envista’s challenge grant to LifeHouse in the month of April is such wonderful support in helping these kids be kids again that it has inspired my State Farm Agency to also match an additional 50 cents of every dollar up to $2,500 in donations given,” said Garrison.

 Envista Credit Union is a full service financial institution established in 1957 to provide members quality products and services to achieve their financial goals. Envista currently has $360 million in assets and serves more than 42,000 Kansans with offices in Topeka, Lawrence and Hutchinson. For more information call 785-228-0149 or visit

Child Abuse Prevention Month

posted Apr 3, 2019, 8:06 AM by Jill Shehi Chapman

National Child Abuse Prevention Month reminds us to renew our energy in the fight against child abuse.

LifeHouse conducted 342 forensic interviews of child victims and witnesses of abuse and helped 336 children and their families through the investigation process in 2018.

Your support of LifeHouse makes a world of difference in the lives of these children. During the month of April, help LifeHouse spread awareness, increase education and get people talking about how we can all work together to keep children safe.

YOU are Helping Kids Be Kids Again.

Topeka St. Patrick's Day Parade

posted Jan 28, 2019, 1:03 PM by Jill Shehi Chapman   [ updated Apr 3, 2019, 7:57 AM ]

* * * We raised over $2,700 during the Topeka St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 16th!  Thank you to all of the floats, volunteers, donors and customers who came to the Food Sale!  YOU make a difference to child victims in our community!  * * *

LifeHouse has been selected to be the recipients of the Topeka St. Patrick's Day Parade float entry donations.  We are so grateful for the continued support by the Topeka St. Patrick's Day Committee and the Topeka Community!

We are located right in the middle of the float staging at 303 S. Kansas Ave., so come over to get breakfast burritos or biscuits and gravy at our Breakfast Sale and stop by for hotdogs off of the grill at our Lunch Sale! Stay tuned for more details...

Shop AmazonSmile for LifeHouse

posted Oct 29, 2018, 2:20 PM by Jill Shehi Chapman   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 8:30 AM ]

AmazonSmile donates to LifeHouse Child Advocacy Center Inc everytime you shop at!

Make your holiday shopping count! Happy Holidays!

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