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Pathway Family Services is focused on serving youth and families, offering them alternative resources and tools, so that they can overcome the challenges in today’s world. When teens are in foster care, have struggled with the law or are dealing with mental illness, substance abuse or severe emotional disturbance, Pathway Family Services understands that there are different journeys. With that knowledge, Pathway Family Services works to offer endless opportunities to children and families through our programs to meet their needs.

Pathway Family Services provides comprehensive mental health treatment to children and adolescents who, due to mental illness, substance abuse, or severe emotional disturbance, are in need of treatment that can most effectively be provided in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF). PRTF programs are designed to provide short-term, intense, focused treatment that is offered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The PRTF is licensed by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services and accredited by the Council on Accreditation.

Independent Living Program

Within Pathway Family Services’ independent living program, Teens Reaching Adult Independent Living (TRAIL), young adults, 17-22 years old learn basic life skills to live independently and within a community as they reach adulthood. Sixteen-year-old youth who have demonstrated an ability to handle independent living responsibilities may be granted an exception for placement if approved by the Program Manager. TRAIL is an on-site case management supervised apartment living program providing both Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Community Integration Program (CIP) services. All TRAIL apartments are located on-site, including CIP apartments.


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Pathway Protection Center for Children

The Pathway Protection Center for Children is a 20-bed facility offering emergency placement 24/7, including weekends and holidays, to children ages 6 and older who are in need of a short-term, temporary safe placement until permanent placement can be found. Skilled staff at the Pathway Protection Center for Children provide care, structure, and supervision for youth who have been removed from their homes and placed in Police Protective Custody or in foster care through the Department of Children and Families.

Foster Care Services

Pathway Family Services is licensed as a child-placing agency by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and can provide several levels of foster care services.

Resource foster parents open their homes and hearts to children who can not live with their parents, providing them with what every child should have…shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and the stability of a caring home. Our ultimate goal is to provide services that help resolve family conflicts and disruptions so that children can be reunited with their biological family. Through the entire process, the Resource Foster parent works closely with the child’s biological family and child welfare professionals to ensure that the child has a chance to blossom as a healthy, well-adjusted member of the community.