Foster Parenting in Kansas

“When you connect to the heart of a child, everything is possible.”  – Dr. Karyn Purvis



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BECOME A FOSTER PARENT

Nearly 7,000 Kansas children are in foster care. You can provide them a temporary home—a home where they will feel safe and loved.

Children need people who are willing to support them and keep them connected to their families. As a foster parent, you will help strengthen a child's community connections and nurture them during some of the most challenging times in their lives. You will also get the chance to grow with your foster child and gain a deeper understanding of family.

But you don’t have to be perfect to be a foster parent, and you don’t have to do it alone. We can help you get the training and resources you need to support families and children in Kansas.

Contact us to find out more about how you can help keep Kansas families together.

First

Find a sponsoring child-placing agency.

Your agency will help you explore what it means to be a foster or adoptive parent. They will help you get a foster care license if you choose to move forward.

There are many agencies throughout the state of Kansas that can support families and children. The right agency for your family may be determined on your location,  and needs of the children you are interested in fostering.

Foster parents provide a temporary home for children as a support for the child and their family.  Most of the children that need foster care are grade schoolers and teens. 

Second

Complete a TIPS-MAPP training course.

Foster families in Kansas are required to participate in the MAPP Program. MAPP is a 30 hour group of meetings that takes about 10 weeks to complete. 

In the class you’ll learn more about how to partner with birth parents, and the agency to provide trust-based care for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect. 

If you decide to move forward a foster care worker will help determine if you can provide a safe nurturing family environment for a child by doing two or more home visits.

Third

Your sponsoring agency can help you get licensed through the Kansas Department for Children and Families

To complete your licensing, you will need to complete some additional training such as First Aid, Medication Administration, and Universal Precautions.

You don’t have to make a lot of money, or have a perfect past to be a good foster parent.

Foster parenting is a rewarding opportunity to help a child heal, and stay safely connected with their family.

RESOURCES

The Children's Shelter

The Children’s Shelter

The Children’s Shelter is a not-for-profit agency with the mission of improving the lives of children and families. Since being founded in 1981, our Residential Program, has provided emergency and residential care for youth, and later added Family Foster, Adoptive and Kinship Care Services and local Prevention Services.

TFI Family Services

TFI is a leading child welfare agency providing experience, compassion, quality services and care. Being a TFI foster family means you are part of a caring organization that believes “happy families make happy kids”. To learn more about how you can make a difference, contact us at 833-7FOSTER

Kansas Children's service Leage

Since 1893, KCSL has helped children in need of care through family foster homes. As a sponsor of foster homes in Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Riley and Shawnee Counties, KCSL offers foster families the utmost support through open lines of communication, home visits and advocacy.

CALM

CALM is a small agency located in Emporia, serving the surrounding region. We have an experienced team of six social workers who support foster parents through their journey of caring for Kansas children needing out of home placement.

saint francis ministries

Saint Francis Ministries has proudly provided healing and hope to children for 75 years. Our foster parents are unique, but they have one thing in common: welcoming hearts and homes to help children build bright futures. We support foster families in all Kansas counties.

KVC Kansas

KVC Kansas is committed to provide heart centered care to nearly 900 foster homes across the state. Through direct support, access to mental health resources, and customized training opportunities we are committed to nurturing foster homes to care for youth in our community.

Restoration Family Services

Our purpose is to initiate effective change in the lives of children and families, community and state partners, through supports and services based on biblical ethics including respect, honesty, compassion, and empathy.

Wichita children's home

To meet the needs of children in crisis, WCH depends on caring foster families (more recently known as Resource Families) in the community to provide assistance. The Foster Care Department trains, supervises, and supports these families who care for children who are best served by one or two primary caregivers.

Emberhope

Becoming a foster parent is one of the most important and life-changing decisions you will ever make, and the responsibility can seem overwhelming. But you won’t be alone. With our 90-year legacy of providing a wide range of quality services, EmberHope Youthville offers our foster parents the knowledge, support, and reassurance necessary to provide the care and comfort these children so desperately need.

Eckerd Connects

Eckerd Connects recruits, trains and supports individuals to provide temporary care, love and nurturing to children 0-18 years of age.

DCCCA

DCCCA staff are here to provide support through each step of the journey: from the initial contact, to training and on-going supports once children are matched to your home. Explore our page to learn more about Fostering and/or Adopting.

cornerstones of care

At Cornerstones of Care our highest priority is to match children with loving families who will provide a safe and supportive environment. Foster families come in all varieties, including single parent, same sex, blended and mixed race. Staff are dedicated to finding, preparing and supporting foster, kinship and adoptive families.

Contact

To learn more about becoming a foster parent, simply fill out the form below and you will be contacted by Children's Alliance of Kansas, or call (785) 422-9860‬.

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