(RILEY COUNTY, KANSAS – March 28, 2021) In January, Riley County Community Corrections (RCCC) hosted a series of classes for new Protective Home Program participants. The training resulted in 11 new households joining the volunteer program that gives temporary shelter to children in need. When background checks and home investigations are completed, Riley County could have a total of 24 protective homes.
“Over the past few months, we’ve seen an increased need for protective home placements,” said Sara Darnell, Intensive Supervision Officer and Youth Court Immediate Intervention Program (IIP) Coordinator. “We’re grateful to have so many households willing to help. The work can be challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. Our volunteers know they are doing something meaningful to help kids in need.”
The Protective Home Program is unique to Riley County and provides temporary placement of children who are in Police Protective Custody (PPC) because of abuse and/or neglect. Protective Homes, on very short notice, take in and care for children for up to 72 hours.
To become a Protective Home, volunteers must complete a certification process that includes eight hours of training, a background check, and a home inspection. Additional classes will be offered in 2023. Anyone interested in participating should fill out the application online at https://www.rileycountyks.gov/protectivehome or contact Sara Darnell at (785) 565-6873 or [email protected]
The Protective Home Program is made possible by support from local community organizations including the Daniel Keating Foundation, Westview Community Church, the Riley County Police Department, and Riley County Community Corrections.
Riley County Community Corrections provides a cost-effective means of promoting public safety through balancing offender accountability, supervision, and improving offenders' ability to live productively and lawfully in their community. The agency supervises adult and juvenile felony offenders placed on intensive supervision by the District Courts.