About Us

Since 1870, Gillis has been dedicated to serving the needs of children and families of Kansas City. Gillis’ services have undergone many changes over the years. From our beginnings as a support service for families following the Civil War, to our years as an orphanage, to the current focus of assisting troubled children and their families to become healthy and self-sufficient, we have remained steadfast to our original mission of helping the “needy and distressed” of Kansas City.

Gillis is also committed to serving the needs of children and families in the future. Our strong foundation and quality care and innovative vision will guide us as we adjust to the changes of the 21st century.

Licensed or Approved By

  • Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • Missouri Department of Mental Health
  • Missouri Department of Social Services, Division of Family Services

Member of

  • Children’s Alliance of Kansas
  • Cornerstones of Care
  • Heart of America United Way
  • Kansas Mental Health Coalition
  • Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies (MCCA)
  • National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children
  • National Alliance for Children and Families

Affiliated with

  • Heart of America United Way Volunteer Center


  • Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children