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The Sunshine Center
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A Bit of Background

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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 

The Sunshine Center offers free counseling services for child and adult victims of abuse and neglect, as well as completely free parenting classes for parents of children ages 0-17. 
 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. There is no cost for these classes for Franklin County residents- and due to the global pandemic, we have begun offering these classes online over Zoom for the safety of our students and staff.

If you are interested in enrolling in a parenting class, please follow the steps below:

* Step One: Click the button "Sign Me Up" to download the online parenting class registration forms, (these are required in order to sign up for the class). 

* Step Two: Email your completed registration forms to


Infant Supply Pantry

Resources for infants and toddlers (Diapers, wipes, formula, etc.)
Struggling between paychecks…?

We all face struggles from time to time- we want to offer a helping hand to the parents in our community that may be facing hardship. 

At the Sunshine Center, we have items in our Infant Supply Pantry such as: diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, (and in limited quantity) baby clothes and blankets.

 Supervised Visitation 

 Offering a safe, neutral and nurturing environment for the families we serve within our community in order to fulfill the need of supervised visits. Our goal through the Supervised Visitation service is to enhance the relationship between visiting parent and child(ren) while maintaining the safety and well-being of the child(ren), parents and staff.
(There is an income-based fee for this service)

To Begin Supervised Visitation: 

Step One: If you are interested in Supervised Visitation, please click the "Download Now" button to complete the intake paperwork.

Step Two: Once complete, you can email your intake forms to

 Domestic Violence Support Group

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.



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 
    (If you need access to a safe place due to a domestic violence situation-
    please call 502-875-3495)


There is Something You Can Do!  

 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! If you would like to make a donation to our infant supply pantry, please call 502-875-3495.

Make an Impact!

Sign up to use your extra change to make a change! The extra change from each transaction you make can be "rounded up" & donated each month to the Frankfort Area Children's Council Inc.. Click the button below to find out more!



The Sunshine Center

 - Transitional housing for victims of domestic violence & elder abuse

212 Steele Street

Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone:  502-875-3495

24 Hour Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse Crisis Hotline:  502-229-9762 (currently provided by Family Abuse Services, Inc.)

Blurry Lights


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)


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Making A Difference

The Sunshine Center is in the business of changing and shaping lives.
The work we do at our Nonprofit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges.
We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.

City Lights

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

Comforting Hands

Abuse doesn't just happen to the young.

Over 10 million seniors experience elder abuse each year - this has to stop.

While early studies indicated that both men and women were fairly equal victims of elder abuse, more recent studies have demonstrated that women are more likely to experience some form of assault, both throughout life and over the age of 65. 

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Lending a Helping Hand

Diaper, Baby Food, Formula, Baby Clothes Drop Off

Helping The Community


Providing Safe Shelter

Other Services

Helping Others

Building a House

Interested in AmeriCorps service?

Is AmeriCorps service right for me? If the following sounds good to you, then definitely!

  • wanting to make a difference and serve your community

  • willing to commit to a one-year service position

  • able to attend periodic overnight training and service projects

  • prepared to live on a modest living allowance for a year among other benefits

  • interested in personal and professional development

  • looking for a path into an employment opportunity or career

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Adult Victim Therapist

Angelia Hunter

Angelia has been a therapist with The Sunshine Center for 20 years. She lives in Lexington with her husband of 23 years and has two daughters. Her favorite past time is cooking and and having friends over and playing games. Favorite quote- "You alone are ENOUGH- you have nothing to prove to anybody."

“Everything that is done in the world is done by hope”

Martin Luther

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We are proud community partners with  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!

Did you know?

You can provide support to our organization simply by the way you shop online! If you designate The Sunshine Center as your charitable giving choice through Kroger Community rewards or Amazon Smile. 

Support Us

You Can Make a Difference

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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.

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If you are considering donating to help our cause- please click the "Read More" button below to see our NEEDS LIST. 

Thank you!

Board of Directors

Board President: Stephanie Stafford, bank services/Traditional Bank- 502-3301438

Vice President: Kelly Dycus, therapist - 502-545-3769 Franklin County

Secretary: Jason Hart, attorney -202-821-3341 Franklin County

Treasurer: Skye Hanson, Crime Victim’s Advocate- 270-314-0960 Franklin County

Member: Annette Harrod, retired social worker, 502-744-8859 Shelby County

Member: Dan Shouse, retired Fire Fighter and EMS, 502-695-8355 Franklin County

Member: Kari Williams, attorney; Franklin County

Member : Sabrina Gordon, Associate Executive Director Bourbon/Paris YMCA, Be Strong Families, 859-340-1585 Paris

Member: Will Coblin, Insurance Agent, 502-319-1024 Franklin County

Member: Lynn Aubrey- Asst. Chief of Frankfort Police - 502-875-8523 Franklin County

Member: Katrisha Waldridge - Frankfort City Commissioner - 513-257-3136 - Frankfort

Member: Lisa Darby- Real estate agent- 502-320-9710,

Junior Board Member: Lilia Saxena Smithson - 502-330-4505 -
Junior Board Member: Claire Moore - 502-229-2505

Contact Us

208 Steele St
Frankfort, Franklin County 40601


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