TOPEKA – Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is pleased to announce that as of July 1, Niomi Burget (photo below) is serving as DCF’s Foster Parent and Youth Ombudsman. Her role is to ensure that foster families’ needs and concerns are addressed quickly and thoroughly.
“Foster parents do a tremendous service by caring for Kansas children,” Secretary Gilmore said. “They deserve to have their needs met promptly so they are fully prepared and equipped to provide a loving temporary home to foster children.”
Beginning this week, the estimated 2,500 Kansas foster homes will receive a packet in the mail that includes a four-page information sheet detailing 20 rights to which they are entitled. It also includes a message from our new Ombudsman with her direct contact information. A webpage on the DCF website has also been created to serve as a resource for foster parents.
“We want foster parents to know, we understand that their role is challenging and very important,” Secretary Gilmore said.
Burget can be reached by email at email@example.com or by calling 1-844-279-2306. More information, including the complete list of Kansas Foster Parents’ Rights is available at http://fosterparent.dcf.ks.gov. These rights are also listed in the DCF Policy and Procedure Manual.
DCF continues to engage foster care stakeholders to improve communication with foster parents and children aging out of foster care.
Niomi Burget, Foster Parent and Youth Ombudsman.