Wins for Kansas: Sunshine Children's Home

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When children need to be placed into temporary custody, their world can seem dark, but this week's “Wins for Kansas” winner helps to shine a light.

If not you, then who? That's the question the people who run Sunshine Children's Home in Andover ask themselves every day.

"You look in the eyes of a five-year-old child and he's talking to you about the abuse he's endured pretty much his whole life and it breaks your heart,” says CEO Dusty Buell.

This is a situation that occurs daily inside the children's home, as kids are brought in from unsafe situations.

"When a child is pulled out of their home due to abuse or neglect, they come to us and it's our job to keep those children safe until an investigation is done and we find a longer term placement for them,” says Buell.

The home is a project of the Sunlight Children's Advocacy and Rights Foundation, a group of people who work every day to give at risk children a voice.

"It's a new child with a new story, every single day. And that's what you have to keep telling yourself. It's never the same. And they need all of you every time, every person, every child,” says Buell.

And they have this advice for the children in your life:

"Don't allow something that feels uneasy to you to go unnoticed. Make that report, and let somebody else find out if it's true or not."

To help with their mission, KAKE TV and our partners DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers are honored to have them as this week's, “Wins for Kansas.”

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