Overview

KVC mapKVC Health Systems, headquartered in the greater Kansas City area, is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and a national leader in behavioral healthcare, child welfare, and community health and wellness.

What does that mean? It means we help stabilize and strengthen families in crisis so that they can safely remain together or reunite. We give people the hope and help that prevents suicide and other mental health crises. We provide 24/7 support to children who have experienced abuse and neglect, and partner with caring relatives and foster families so they can heal from unimaginable trauma. We work to find children forever families through adoption, and we give adults the practical parenting skills they need to create happy, healthy families.

We also help health and human service agencies excel at caring for families with the most complex needs through a proven model that improves health, outcomes and costs. (Learn about our consulting.)

Our Vision: A world in which every person is safe and connected to a strong family and a healthy community.

Our Mission: To enrich and enhance the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education.

What We Value:

  • The heart of our work is helping people.
  • Our character is built on authenticity and compassion.
  • Family connection drives our culture.
  • Collaboration fuels our improvement.
  • Urgency and innovation mark our approach.
  • Diverse perspectives are key to our progress.

Learn more about our vision, mission and values here.

What does KVC stand for?

“KVC” originally stood for Kaw Valley Center and was a single home founded by volunteers to help at-risk boys in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. Since 1970, the organization has expanded thousands of miles beyond the Kaw Valley region, serving children and families in five states (Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky and West Virginia) and even beyond U.S. borders. Today, the letters are no longer an acronym, but a way to think about what drives the organization forward as an international leader in behavioral healthcare, child welfare, and community health and wellness: Knowledge, Values and Connections. Read this article to learn more.

Continuum of care

KVC provides a diverse continuum of services which include:

KVC is recognized for its use of evidence-based practices to achieve strong outcomes and is accredited by the Joint Commission, a seal which is considered the gold standard in healthcare. KVC also offers consultation and training, conducts research and more through its KVC Institute for Health Systems Innovation.

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