What is Royal Family Kids?
Annually, 3.5 million cases of child abuse, neglect or abandonment are reported in America. One of these victims dies every six hours due to that abuse. In Kansas in 2019, there were 32,864 referrals for child abuse or neglect. Of those, 8,547 were referred for investigation, finding 4,146 children victims of abuse or neglect needing to be removed from their home.
But Royal Family Kids is making a difference — through your support!
Founded in 1985, Royal Family KIDS Camps are week-long overnight summer camps for children ages 7-11 who have been or currently are in foster care. RFK was started by a pastor in California who saw the need to provide hope to local foster children. Since then, the organization has grown to an international level.
Their local Chapter was founded in 2000, and has served over 600 foster children. As of 2021, RFK of Manhattan is directed by Andy and Sarah Newkirk. Former Directors include Glenda Newkirk (2012-2020), Mickey Willyard (2001-2011), and Scott Murrish (2000).
At Royal Family Kids Camp, campers receive often one-on-one attention from trained, caring adults. Their approach is to show kids positive, non-violent interactions that provide an alternative to many of the negative situations which children of abuse and neglect have faced. For one week, instead of operating in survival mode, they can just be kids. Activities at camp are designed to be non-competitive and non-threatening while allowing children to experience success. God’s love is modeled consistently, through the games, sports, activity centers, bible stories, drama, and quiet times the campers share with their counselors.
The Manhattan-area camp serves children in Riley and the surrounding counties, and is 100% volunteer-based. Volunteers give a week (and often more in preparation) to loving on the campers and sharing life-changing memories with them. Camp is provided at no cost to the child, the foster care family, or the State. Royal Family KIDS of Manhattan is a 501(c)(3) and is wholly funded through private donations and grants. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible, as allowed by law.