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For Your Child’s Safety

Your child’s safety and care is a paramount concern of our team.  Throughout our campus, we foster an environment of safety, care, accountability and respect.  It all starts with a stringent hiring process which assures that the individuals who are hired are strong Christians, trained and skilled at what they do, have no negative legal history, and are entirely empathetic to our mission.  All staff member (every worker who visits or works on our campus) has been pre-registered with the Missouri Department of Social Service Family Care Safety Registry and has cleared background checks administered by the Missouri Department of Highway Patrol.  Our staff is trained in and utilizes Crisis Prevention and Intervention, Trauma Informed Care, and Trust Based Relational Intervention

Crisis Prevention and Intervention

The staff at KCGA go through yearly training to ensure that they are prepared to deal with all crisis situations. This training equips staff with proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. Participants are provided training in defining the stages of crisis in terms of identifiable behavioral levels and appropriate staff responses.  Additionally, verbal and non-verbal de-escalation techniques, personal safety principles, and physical control strategies are taught to manage aggressive students in a safe, non-harmful manner while establishing a therapeutic rapport after the crisis.  Staff learn decision-making skills to match the level of the response to the risk of the crisis, focusing on the least-restrictive response to ensure the care, welfare, safety, and security of students. This includes recognizing the stages of an escalating crisis and learning evidence-based techniques to appropriately de-escalate. 

Trauma-Informed Care

Our staff is trained to implement Trauma-Informed Care techniques:

  • Realizing the impact trauma can have on students.
  • Recognizing when an individual is showing signs and symptoms related to actual (or perceived) trauma.
  • Responding empathetically to students acknowledges the potential of trauma, and in a way that resists re-traumatization.

Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach:

The six principles that guide a trauma-informed approach, include:

    1. 1. Safety
    2. 2. Trustworthiness & transparency
    3. 3. Peer support
    4. 4. Collaboration & mutuality
    5. 5. Empowerment & choice
    6. 6. Cultural, historical & gender issues

About Restraints and Correctional Procedures

We do not believe in forcing compliance.  Instead, we foster an environment of care that encourages participation and positive reflection of behaviors.  No form of mechanical or chemical restraints are ever used.  Students may loose some privileges if/when they exhibit various forms of noncompliance with our basic rules, however students are never forced to participate in any activity.  We do not condone any form of shaming nor individual isolation.  We always seek to provide a safe and respectful environment where students can reflect upon their behavior and find constructive ways to communicate their emotions.