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Newsroom May is Foster Care Month Media
5/13/2013

TOPEKA – Governor Sam Brownback and Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore on Monday, May 13, called attention to foster care in Kansas with a proclamation signing and informational event for legislators to meet with foster care stakeholders and youth who have been part of the foster care system.
 
“Every child deserves a loving home,” Secretary Gilmore said. “Many of the children in foster care come from difficult situations, but despite their circumstances, are able to achieve amazing things.
 
Governor Brownback designated May as Foster Care Month. During the proclamation signing, he was introduced to Daniel Martin who aged out of foster care. Daniel joined the United States Army and then enrolled in college in Wichita. He graduated this past weekend from Newman University with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and criminal justice. He is also a DCF employee. He recently was recognized for his outstanding work to help the department survey other youth who have aged out of the system.
 
“Daniel serves as an example to other children in foster care,” Governor Brownback said. “A little support, encouragement and care can go a long way; foster children can achieve anything they put their minds to.”
 
Secretary Gilmore emphasized the need for Kansas families to open their homes to foster children. There are currently more than 2,520 licensed/approved family foster homes in the state. Many children age out of the system and face difficult circumstances related to housing, education, employment and more.
 
“DCF workers and its contracted partners are committed to helping children find stability through family reunification,” Secretary Gilmore said. “But when that’s not possible, foster families and adoption are essential to allow children to know they are loved.”
 
Some of the criteria to become a foster parent:
  • At least 21 years old
  • Successfully pass several background checks
  • Sufficient income to support a foster child’s basic needs
  • Undergo a family assessment
  •  Complete a 10-week Partnering for Safety and Permanence-Model Approaches to Partnership in Parenting program
  • Obtain and maintain sponsorship
  • First aid training
  • Home must meet Kansas Laws and Regulations for Licensing Family Foster Homes for Children, monitored by the Kansas Department for Health and Environment
  • Obtain eight hours of training each licensing year

 

Those interested in becoming foster parents can contact the Children’s Alliance at 877-345-6787.

 

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Video Transcript
Governor Sam Brownback/State of Kansas
Foster, kinship and adoptive families who open their homes and hearts and support children and families in crisis play a vital role in helping children and families heal and reconnect, thereby launching young people into successful adulthood.

Governor Sam Brownback/State of Kansas
And the foster care system is only as good as those who choose to participate in it. I urge all citizens to come forward and do something positive that will help change a lifetime for children and youth in foster care. I’m delighted to sign this proclamation of Foster Care Month. And I do want to urge people to participate in the foster care system. We need their help. Clapping.

Secretary Phyllis Gilmore/Kansas Department for Children and Families
They certainly need a forever home and we hope the citizens of Kansas will be rising up to meet that need.

Daniel Martin/Formerly in foster care, current DCF employee
They have supported me even after aging out and have given me the opportunity to get support from them through my pursuits of education.

Video of outdoor event with booths and Topeka High School band.