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The Sunshine Center
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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.
The Sunshine Center offers free counselling services for child and adult victims of abuse and neglect, completely free & virtual 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. We also provide our parents the optional opportunity to participate in the Parenting Mentor Program, where they can be assigned a Parenting Mentor to offer support, guidance and help along the way!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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" file to complete the intake paperwork.
Step Two: Once complete, you can email your intake forms to email@example.com
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.
Parenting Mentor Program
Mentoring program (voluntary and completely free/ virtual) service provided to parents that are interested in having extra support and guidance throughout their parenting journey!
If you are interested in signing up to be assigned a Parenting Mentor, please click the 'Count Me In" button and send your request to the email provided!
If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING for the parenting mentor program as a Mentor, please click the "Join Us" button and send your request to the email provided!
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.
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)
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.
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
I am a Mother of four amazing children, I have a B.A. in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. I taught elementary school for 16 years at Capital Day School. I own a family-centered Crossfit gym. And I am a domestic violence and abuse survivor.
“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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Franklin County
Vice President: Kelly Dycus,therapist - 502-545-3769 email@example.com Franklin County
Secretary: Chelsea Fitzpatrick, paralegal -502-395-3665 Chelsea@apollolawoffice.com Franklin County
Treasurer: Stephanie Stafford - 502-330-1438 firstname.lastname@example.org Frankl
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