Foster Kansas Kids, an initiative funded by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), is excited to launch new resources to prospective and current foster families across the state, including a website expansion that features a live-chat function, calendar of events, foster parent and former youth-in-care blogs, video testimonials and a robust resource center.
The live-chat feature is staffed by trained child welfare professionals who can answer a wide variety of questions from both current and prospective foster parents in real-time. Live chat is available on the Foster Kansas Kids website
from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“Due to the complexity of the Kansas foster care system, it can be difficult for families to know where to go or who to talk to about their needs and concerns,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “Foster Kansas Kids acts as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for both current and prospective foster families, to provide concrete information, support and resources for Kansans at every juncture in their journey.”
Other new features include a comprehensive calendar of foster care events across the state, including trainings, support groups and appreciation events. In addition, the website now features foster parent and former youth-in-care blogs, where bloggers can share their experiences and insight with readers. This feature serves as both an encouragement to prospective foster parents and a supportive community for current families who share similar experiences.
Foster Kansas Kids was initially launched in May, at a news conference and informational fair at the Kansas State Capitol, Topeka, in honor of National Foster Care Month. The first phase, which fully launched May 15, established a website designed to centralize the foster care process, and make it easier for families to begin their foster care journey.
This month, Foster Kansas Kids launched its second commercial. The 30-second public service announcement is airing across the state, as well as on Pandora radio and on social media over the coming months.
As part of DCF’s growing efforts to recruit foster families, staff members are available for presentations and informational fairs to spread the word about the need for temporary, loving homes in Kansas. Requests for presentations can be made on the Foster Kansas Kids website homepage.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, please visit www.fosterkskids.org
or call 1-844-380-2009. To stay up to date on foster care in Kansas, follow Foster Kansas Kids on Facebook