Strengthening the Kansas Child Welfare System

Birth parents, foster parents, legislators, education leaders and others gather at KVC’s Community Forum in October 2017.

KVC Kansas is dedicated to strengthening children and families. We’re one of the lead nonprofits providing preventative and foster care services on behalf of the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

Our priorities are to ensure safety; provide high-quality, effective services; and in order to accomplish those, support our amazing team of social workers, therapists, family support workers and other professionals.

Last year, we shared an article called “Too Many Children in Foster Care: KVC Kansas Shares Challenges and Solutions.” The article contains an infographic that explains major changes that have happened over the last five years, and how we can work to address several challenges.

 


Additional Articles from KVC:

 


KVC Kansas Exceeding Federal Performance Standards

KVC Kansas is exceeding federal performance standards in some of the most important areas like child safety, placement in family settings, and placement with relatives.

  • Safety in Family Preservation – The performance standard is that 95% of families are safe during family preservation services, especially in the first 90 days. KVC is exceeding this with 100% safety in the Kansas City region and 98.4% in the East region. Data here.
  • Child Safety in Foster Care – KVC is exceeding the federal performance standard for preventing maltreatment in foster care. Compared to the national standard of 8.50 victimizations per 100,000 days in foster care (lower is better), our rate is 4.33 in the Kansas City Metro region and 5.36 in the East region.
  • Placement in Family-Like Settings – In both regions (Kansas City Metro and East), we are caring for over 93% of children in family-like settings instead of group homes. This exceeds the performance standard of 90%. Nationally the average for states is to care for only 86% of children in family-like settings, and some states are as low as 66%. Read more about why and how we right-sized congregate care.
  • Placement with Relatives – Also in both regions, we are placing appx. 34% of children with relatives which exceeds the federal performance standard of 29% (Dec. 2018 data). We also match a high percentage of youth with non-related kin such as neighbors, teachers, and coaches. The familiarity of these caregivers has a positive influence on children and safely reduces their time in foster care.
  • See all data here.

Learn more about our vision for transforming foster care in America:

 


Get Involved – We Need You!

Want to get involved? We need everyone to play a role in strengthening children and families. Get inspired to help and advocate for others by watching these family success stories. You can also provide temporary care for a child in need, become a child’s permanent family through adoption, donate online, or browse open positions on the KVC team.

Visit the KVC Kansas website here or call us at (913) 499-8100. You can also connect with us on Facebook.