The Sunshine Center at a Glance
A Bit of Background
Who we are...
In 1982, a group of citizens concerned about child abuse and its impact on children and families in our community came together to form the Frankfort Area Children's Council. The Frankfort Area Children's Council was formed and incorporated as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in 1982 by concerned community citizens, to address the problem of child abuse in Frankfort, Franklin County, and surrounding areas.
Services Provided by
The Sunshine Center
We offer free counselling services for child and adult victims of abuse and neglect, parenting classes for parents of children ages 0-17; Nurturing Parenting- for parents of children ages 0-4, Active Parenting- for parents with children ages 5-12, Teens and Parents of Teens- a class for teenagers (13-18) and their parents.
In all of the parenting classes, parents learn how to deal with the stress of being a parent; as well as developing better communication skills, learning appropriate discipline approaches and positive behavior management. Additionally- there is no cost for these classes for Franklin County residents- and due to the global pandemic, we have begun offering these same classes through an online format for the safety of our students and staff.
Resources for infants up to the age of 24 months
Visits between a child and a non-custodial parent or other family member can be supervised by a third party (There is a fee for this service).
Domestic Violence Support Group
Many individuals and groups donate diapers, wipes, baby food, formula, baby clothes, and other essential items. Because of this we can then provide them to those that are in need!
Services CURRENTLY provided by Family Abuse Services, Inc. (502-229-6116) to be provided by The Sunshine Center effective January 1, 2018:
24/7 Domestic violence and elder abuse crisis hotline
Emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence & elder abuse
There is something you can do!
Remember: For those that may be in a domestic violence situation, there is always a computer trail. If you think someone is tracking your usage, please exit out of this website and find a safer computer. If you are in a crisis and need immediate help, please call our 24 hour crisis hotline at 502-229-9762.
The Sunshine Center
- Transitional housing for victims of domestic violence & elder abuse
212 Steele Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
24 Hour Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse Crisis Hotline: 502-229-9762 (currently provided by Family Abuse Services, Inc.)
In September 2012, the state launched a new abuse and neglect reporting portal. The online Kentucky Child/Adult Protective Services Reporting System makes it convenient, confidential and secure to report non-emergency situations that do not require an immediate response from Department for Community Based Services staff.
(To access this website- click the View More button below)
The website can be accessed at
and will be monitored from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. Website reports will not be reviewed during evenings, weekends or state holidays. If situations arise during these times indicating a child or adult is at risk of immediate harm, these should be reported to 911, local law enforcement or (877) KY SAFE1. Users of the portal are required to enter an email contact and will receive an immediate, automated response that their online report has been made. Centralized intake staff will review reports as they are submitted. Users will receive a response message within 48 hours only if their report has not been accepted because it doesn’t meet criteria for investigation. Reports that are accepted do not generate a follow-up email message.
The reporting portal has several mandatory input fields so that intake staff can get adequate information about the incident, the alleged victim, the alleged perpetrator and any safety issues in order to screen reports effectively.
Users who cannot complete information in all the required fields should call the toll-free reporting hot line: (877) KY SAFE1 or (877) 597-2331.YOU CAN ALSO REPORT CHILD ABUSE AT 1-888-403-5090
“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope”
We are proud community partners of National Safe Place and Frankfort Cares!
Kids- if you’re in trouble or need help, text SAFE and your current location (address, city, state) to 44357 for immediate help. Within seconds, you’ll receive a message with the closest Safe Place location. You can reply with “2Chat” to text interactively with a mental health professional for more help. It’s available 24/7 and it’s quick, easy, safe, and confidential.
If you are a local business in our area and you would like to partner with us to become a designated "Safe Place" please contact The Sunshine Center for more information!
You Can Make a Difference
Become a Volunteer
This is one of the simplest ways to help out our cause. We believe the best way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy and efficient way of contributing to the great work we do at The Sunshine Center. Get in touch with any questions about how you can Volunteer Your Time today.
Make a Donation
Want to join our efforts but not sure where to start? Make a Donation and take advantage of this incredible opportunity to lend your support. It’s a great way to contribute to our cause, and every little bit counts towards paving the path for a better tomorrow. Get in touch with us today for more details about how you can help.
Partner with Us
Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards making The Sunshine Center an even better Nonprofit Organization than it already is. We want to provide you with the correct and appropriate information pertaining to your mode of support, so don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions.
Board of Directors
Board President: Skye Hanson, Crime Victim’s Advocate- 270-314-0960 email@example.com Franklin County
Vice President: Kelly Dycus,therapist - 502-545-3769 firstname.lastname@example.org Franklin County
Secretary: Chelsea Fitzpatrick, paralegal -502-395-3665 Chelsea@apollolawoffice.com Franklin County
Treasurer: Jason Hart, attorney -202-821-3341 Jason@apollolawoffice.com Franklin County
Member: Annette Harrod, retired social worker, 502-744-8859 email@example.com Shelby County
Member: Dan Shouse, retired Fire Fighter and EMS, 502-695-8355 firstname.lastname@example.org Franklin County
Member: April Trent, child advocate at Save The Children Org., 502-229-0868 email@example.com Franklin County
Member: Nicole Barber - Culp, health advisor, 502-545-2221 firstname.lastname@example.org Franklin County
Member: Will Coblin, Insurance Agent, 502-319-1024 email@example.com Franklin County