Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation (SCARF) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its newest program, the Sunshine Children’s Home.

Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation (SCARF) is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its newest program, the Sunshine Children’s Home.  
The Sunshine Children’s Home opened its doors on Oct. 27, 2014 to provide services to children age birth to 17 who have been temporarily removed from their homes due to alleged neglect or abuse. The home, located in Andover, was developed to provide out-of-home placement in a more rural setting for children who are removed from Butler, Elk and Greenwood counties. The home also provides respite and crisis care to clients of the local Mental Health Counseling Center.
Since opening its doors, the home has provided services to more than 400 children from 44 counties across the state, a much higher number than SCARF originally predicted for the home to serve annually. One reason for the higher numbers is the number of counties the home is now serving which displays the importance of the need for the home. The home has been a haven for sibling groups from across the state that are often separated when removed from the home.  
According to Suzi Thien, executive director for SCARF, “The ­Sunshine Children’s Home can often accommodate a group of up to six or seven siblings that other homes across the state may not be able to accommodate. This allows the children, who are already traumatized from being removed from their home, to come to a home together lessening the trauma.”  
Developing the Sunshine Children’s Home was a collaborative effort between staff, the SCARF board, a task force, and other stakeholders and donors.  
According to Cindy Miles, SCARF board president, “We couldn’t have created the Sunshine Children’s Home without everyone pulling together to make it happen and provide the funding for the home. We are so appreciative of everyone’s support in building the home and helping us to provide a safe, secure place for children.”                     
For information regarding Sunlight Children’s Advocacy & Rights Foundation or Sunshine Children’s Home, please contact Thien at (316) 733-6700.