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P.A.N.D.A. Program

P.A.N.D.A.®  Program


Why the P.A.N.D.A. Program?

Last year in Kansas alone, more than 24,000 reports of suspected child abuse and neglect were made. Dentists, hygienists, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, nurses, counselors and other health care professionals are mandated by Kansas law to report suspected cases. A full list of state-mandated reporters, and the Kansas law in its entirety, can be found within the Kansas Code for Care of Children.


Request a P.A.N.D.A. Presentation

Little boy with small panda

Representatives from the Prevent Abuse Coalition of Kansas (P.A.C.K.) have formed a speaker's bureau to take the program to their respective audiences, and a P.A.N.D.A. presentation qualifies hour-for-hour for continuing education credits for dentists and hygienists. For more information on the P.A.N.D.A. program, including how to request a presentation, contact us at or
(316) 264-1099.



Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Suspect child abuse and neglect? Contact the Kansas Protection Report Center at (800) 922-5330. This Guide to Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect in Kansas can help you. 


Warning Signs:  Abuse

Child abuse is any mistreatment or neglect of a child that results in harm or injury. Child abuse can include physical, emotional or sexual abuse. In addition to physical injuries, abused children often display certain types of behavior. Warning signs of abuse include: 

    Loose or fractured teeth
    Bruises or cuts, especially near the face
    Absence of hair from hair pulling
    Child is dressed inappropriately for the weather (i.e. covering bruises, etc.)
    Child is frightened of parents
    Overly compliant, passive or undemanding 
      Lags in development or motor skills


Warning Signs:  Neglect

The failure of a parent, guardian or other caregiver to provide for a child's basic needs. Kids with Mr PANDANeglect may be physical, medical, educational or emotional. Warning signs of neglect include:   

    Child is dirty, unkempt or displays poor physical or oral hygiene
    Rampant cavities in a child's mouth
    Untreated pain, infection, bleeding or trauma
    History of a lack of follow-through for care
      Evidence of poor supervision

Warning signs or indicators should be considered in light of explanations provided, medical history and the developmental abilities of the child to engage in activities that may have caused injury. 


P.A.N.D.A. Materials Toolkit

You can make a difference! Knowing what to look for is the first step. Please post the information below in your office as a reminder.

What Can I Do?     Indicators of Child Abuse and Neglect 
P.A.N.D.A. Fact Sheet    P.A.N.D.A. Tip Card 


Prevent Abuse Coalition of Kansas

The Prevent Abuse Coalition of Kansas (P.A.C.K.) is a partnership between 18 organizations committed to ensuring all Kansans can live free from abuse and neglect.  The following organizations are members of P.A.C.K.:

Bikers Against Child Abuse   Department for Children and Families (DCF)  
Court Appointed Special Advocates    Oral Health Kansas
Delta Dental of Kansas     Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office
Johnson County Community College Dental Hygiene    Sunflower House
Kansas Children’s Service League    Wichita Children’s Home
Kansas City Kansas Police Department    Wichita Police Department
Kansas Dental Assistants Association    Wichita State University - Dental Hygiene

Kansas Dental Association

  Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office
Kansas Dental Hygienists’ Association   EmberHope


P.A.N.D.A. Media

Ending abuse of children
Kansas City Star
April 17, 2011

Perhaps you've seen her, the neighbor girl who is normally talkative and playful, but today she is withdrawn. You could easily attribute her behavior to a bad grade on a quiz or lack of sleep. It may be any of those, but it could be more. Her behavior may indicate abuse. More>  

KCKPD receives shipment of Pandas
Kansas City Kansan
April 28, 2009

Dozens of panda bears were presented to Deputy Chief Roger Villanueva of the Kansas City Kansas Police Department (KCKPD) by Linda Brantner, President and CEO of Delta Dental of Kansas on Tuesday.  The bears will be stationed in officers' patrol cars where they can bring comfort to children in dangerous situations within a moment's notice. More> 

Sheriff's Department Stocked with Pandas

KNSS News Radio 1330
April 16, 2009
Dozens of panda bears were presented to Sedgwick County Sheriff Robert Hinshaw Thursday morning by Delta Dental of Kansas' President and CEO, Linda Brantner. The bears will be stationed in sheriff's officers' patrol cars where they can bring comfort to children in dangerous situations within a moment's notice. More>