foster children en Kansas Officials Suspend Future Foster Placements With TFI After Child's Death <p></p><p></p><p>Kansas welfare officials said Friday that they have suspended placing foster children with TFI Family Services, pending investigation of the death Thursday of an infant left in a hot car in Wichita.</p><p>TFI<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> formerly contracted with the Kansas Department for Children and Families to provide foster services and continues to have foster homes as a subcontractor to the state's current lead foster care contractors, </span>KVC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Behavioral Healthcare of Olathe and St. Francis Community Services of Salina.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:16:11 +0000 KCUR 59514 at Online Tool Helps Match Foster Children, Families <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Kansas and a child advocacy group have developed an online tool that helps social workers match adoptive families with children in foster care.</span></p><p></p><p>The tool, called Every Child a Priority, or ECAP, uses statistical analysis and technology to figure out which families are most likely to meet a child’s needs.</p><p></p><p>“Essentially, ECAP is an enhanced matchmaking service for children and families,” Mike Patrick, chief executive at TFI Family Services Inc., said in a prepared statement.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:30:18 +0000 Dave Ranney 58029 at Number Of Children In Kansas Foster Care Hits Record High <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The number of Kansas children in foster care has reached an all-time high. The explanations why vary.</span></p><p>In April, there were 6,156 children in the system. That’s 356 more children than in April 2013 and 872 more than two years earlier.</p><p>Dona&nbsp;Booe, chief executive of the Kansas Children's Service League, sees the escalating numbers as evidence of a building crisis.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:31:03 +0000 Dave Ranney 57034 at Number Of Children In Kansas Foster Care Hits Record High What Happens To Foster Children When They Turn 18? <p>Foster children often overcome a great deal in life. Many have to take charge of their own wellbeing at a young age, and learn to navigate a complex system of care-providers from state to local agencies.</p><p>But the real obstacles can begin when they leave the system. In a number of states, children age of out foster care at 21 years old, but in Kansas it is 18.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On today's</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"> Central Standard,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;we explore the foster care system in Kansas.</span></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Laura Ziegler, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christie Garton 53138 at Lessons Learned Serving Orphans Abroad Being Applied In Urban Core <p>Some years ago Mike Fox, traveling in Thailand, learned about the plight of Karen refugees fleeing political repression in Burma.</p><p> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 15:40:43 +0000 Laura Ziegler 26666 at Lessons Learned Serving Orphans Abroad Being Applied In Urban Core