foster children

Heartland Health Monitor
11:05 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Two Kansas Foster Care Program Officials Are Out

A spokesperson for the Kansas Department for Children and Families on Tuesday said that Deputy Secretary Kathe Decker and Prevention and Protection Services Director Brian Dempsey have left the agency.

Anna Pilato, director of the department’s divisions for strategic development and community and faith-based initiatives, is due to leave later this month.

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Heartland Health Monitor
4:16 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Kansas Officials Suspend Future Foster Placements With TFI After Child's Death

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.

TFI 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, KVC Behavioral Healthcare of Olathe and St. Francis Community Services of Salina.

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Heartland Health Monitor
8:30 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Online Tool Helps Match Foster Children, Families

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.

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.

“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.

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Heartland Health Monitor
2:31 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Number Of Children In Kansas Foster Care Hits Record High

The number of Kansas children in foster care is at an all-time high.
Credit Cathy Mores / KHI News Service

The number of Kansas children in foster care has reached an all-time high. The explanations why vary.

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.

Dona Booe, chief executive of the Kansas Children's Service League, sees the escalating numbers as evidence of a building crisis.

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Community
4:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

What Happens To Foster Children When They Turn 18?

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.

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. 

On today's Central Standard, we explore the foster care system in Kansas.

Guests: 

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People
10:40 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Lessons Learned Serving Orphans Abroad Being Applied In Urban Core

A father holding his biological and foster children. The Adopt KC program works with local churches to see how it can support congregants interested in housing foster kids.

Some years ago Mike Fox, traveling in Thailand, learned about the plight of Karen refugees fleeing political repression in Burma.

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