Information for Never Married Parents

Suggested Readings

Mom's House, Dad's House: Making Shared Custody Work by Isolina Ricci, Macmillan Publishing Co. - A roadmap for developing a cooperative parenting arrangement for your child.

Joint Custody with a Jerk by Julie Ross and Judy Corcoran, St. Martin's Press, 1996 - Explanation of how communications between parents go wrong and strategies for dealing with an un-cooperative parent more effectively.

Custody Choas, Personal Peace: Sharing Custody with an Ex Who Drives You Crazy by Jeffrey P. Wittman, The Berkley Publishing Group - Learn ways to help your child and yourself cope with a difficult parent.

On-line Resources

For Never Married Parents


MC+ for Kids

Parents As Teachers

CSE (Child Support Enforcement)

Child Support Form 14


Important Phone Numbers

Parenting Classes - Baby Care Basics

North Kansas City Hospital816-691-1688
Liberty Hospital816-792-7085
NKC Schools Community Ed816-413-5460

Child Well-being

MC+ Children's Health Insurance888-275-5908
MO Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline800-392-3738
MO Children's Division816-781-8900

Parents As Teachers Program

Excelsior Springs816-630-9293
Missouri City816-750-4391
North Kansas City816-413-5650

Clay County Public Health Services

Speech and Hearing Services816-595-4307
Dental Health Services816-595-4308
Nursing and Preventive Health Services816-595-4355
Physician's Health Services816-595-4285
Women's Health Services816-595-4357
STD Services816-595-4256
Birth & Death Certificates816-595-4353
Medical Records Requests816-595-4351

Domestic Violence Services

Clay County Safe Haven Shelter816-452-8535
MO Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline800-392-3738

Family Counseling Services & Support Groups

Anger Management for Teens816-736-8400
Catholic Charities816-333-2040, x107
Pleasant Valley Baptist Church816-781-5959
Synergy Services, Inc816-587-4100
The Family Conservancy816-436-0486
Tri-County Mental Health Services816-468-0400

Legal Help

Lawyers Referral Service816-221-9472
Legal Aid of Western Missouri816-474-1413
Missouri Bar Association573-635-4128


BraveHearts Program for Dads816-468-6336, x228
National Center for Fathering800593
Parent Link800-552-8522
Parenting with Love & Limits Program816-736-8400

Mentor Moms is a program that pairs pregnant and parenting teenage girls with trained community volunteers who provide support, information, and friendship. For more information about Mentor Moms, contact Synergy Services, Inc. at 816-587-4100.

Child Support Assistance

Child Support Payment Information800-225-0530
Clay County Circuit Clerk (Child Support)816-407-3905
Clay County Family Support Center816-736-8350
Paternity Establishment Tech Jennifer Schoonover816-736-8350
Parents' Fair Share Program800-859-7999


Family Court Services816-736-8400
M.A.R.C.H. Mediation800-595-9750

Clay County On-Site Exchange & Visitation Services

Transitions Program816-736-8400