TOPEKA – As the Kansas Legislature continues to work on a tax policy and budget bill, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) is preparing for a possible furlough. Our clients should expect minimal delays as they apply for and receive welfare benefits, employment services and child support. Child and adult protective services will be staffed to ensure that safety needs are met.
“We remain hopeful that a furlough will not be necessary,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “However, should that happen, we are prepared to meet the needs of our clients who rely on this agency for essential services that we are federally-mandated to provide.”
DCF contractors who provide services such as Child Support Services and foster care will not be affected by a furlough of State employees. The Kansas Protection Reporting Center will remain fully staffed to take reports of abuse/neglect.
Throughout the week, DCF Administration has identified staff deemed “essential”. All employees are important, valued and essential to helping us fulfill our important mission to protect children, promote healthy families and encourage personal responsibility. However, for the purpose of this possible furlough, those who are directly involved in ensuring the safety of children and vulnerable adults and those who help us meet our federal requirements pertaining to programs were considered “essential”.
For more information about available programs and services, please visit a local DCF service center
or call our Client Services Assistance line at 1-888-369-4777. Child Support Services can be reached at 1-888-757-2445. Reports of abuse/neglect can be made by calling 1-800-922-5330. You can also visit our Facebook
page for agency updates.