County approves $1 million for child advocacy center

Child Advocacy Center may buy Lincoln Elementary.
Former Lincoln Elementary School, the future home of the Child Advocacy Center.

Wichita, Kansas – A multi-million dollar child advocacy center is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Sedgwick County Commissioners voted Wednesday to give a $1 million grant to help turn the former Lincoln Elementary school in Wichita into a full service center for child abuse victims.

“Instead of traveling throughout the community to receive multiple different services, medical assistance, advocacy, therapy, etc. you can come to one location that’s a child-focused location,” said Child Advocacy Center Executive Director Diana Schunn.

Schuun says she began laying the groundwork for this project in 2014 and the organization bought the former Lincoln Elementary School in south Wichita last year.

The one million dollar grant from the county gets the advocacy center closer to its $6.5 million dollar goal. Schunn says they still need about $1.4 million. And there is a tight deadline in place to secure $500,000 from a MAYBE grant. The grant is dependent on matching funds and that money needs to be matched by December 31. The center is still about $80,000 short of that goal in and risks losing the half a million dollar grant. If you would like to help call the center at or visit the child advocacy center website.

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