Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore announced Friday that the department has signed eight new contracts for reintegration, foster care, and adoption services, and for family preservation services. These contracts are scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2013.
"Since 1996, Kansas has been one of only a few states that privatize the majority of their child welfare services. This has proven to be an effective, successful way to serve children and families while demonstrating a model of collaboration between private business and state government," Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. "These new contracts follow that tradition by continuing to partner with the private sector to improve our child welfare practices while using our resources more effectively and efficiently."
These reintegration, foster care and adoption services contracts are for working with children and their families when out-of-home care is deemed necessary by a court for the protection of the child(ren). Providers will continue working to ensure safety and promote stability for children, offer continued support to families when children who have been in out-of-home care are returned to the home and give ongoing support to adoptive families.
"Our family preservation services are an investment in strengthening families before they need court intervention, which can be very traumatic for a child," Secretary Gilmore said.
The proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 budget for foster care, reintegration and adoption services is $138 million. The proposed FY 2014 budget for family preservation services is about $10.2 million. In FY 2012, more than 5,000 children a month were served by reintegration, foster care and adoption services providers. In FY 2012, 2,613 families were served in family preservation services. The providers awarded the contracts have been able to create some efficiencies which will result in approximately 175 more families being served each year.
The providers awarded contracts, by region:
Reintegration, Foster Care and Adoption Service Contracts and Family Preservation Contracts for the Kansas City Region awarded to KVC Behavioral Health Care Inc.
Reintegration, Foster Care and Adoption Services Contract and Family Preservation Contract for the Eastern Region awarded to KVC Behavioral Health Care Inc.
Reintegration, Foster Care and Adoption Services Contract and Family Preservation Contract for the Western Region awarded to St. Francis Community Services.
Reintegration, Foster Care and Adoption Services Contract and Family Preservation Contract for the Wichita Region awarded to St. Francis Community Services.