State offers program to help kids heal from domestic violence

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July 31, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Through outings and conversation, mentors for the Empower Families Kansas Project teach children ages 8 to 18 how to trust adults again. WALTER / CREATIVE COMMONS 2.0

TOPEKA — Courtney Train spends her days going to nail salons, the pool and the dog park.

As a paid mentor and advocate for children ages 8 to 18 who’ve seen domestic violence at home or experienced it while dating, Train knows quality time — and fun — with a trusted adult can be in short supply for her clients.

So, she talks to them about safer sex. She analyzes media portrayals of relationships. She’s also taken them to the zoo, on college visits and to a county fair art competition.

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