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Newsroom Lieutenant Governor, 25 Legislators Promote Foster Care Recruitment
6/28/2017

​Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and 25 legislators from across the state have come together to show bipartisan support for family foster home recruitment in Kansas. The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), in conjunction with Foster Kansas Kids, invited all Kansas legislators to participate in public service announcements (PSAs), urging Kansans to consider opening their homes and hearts to children in need of temporary placement.
 
“The number of children in foster care is growing, not just in Kansas, but across the nation,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “I am thrilled by the number of legislators who answered the call to help spread the word about the need for foster homes in Kansas—regardless of political affiliation.”
 
This initiative is part of the Foster Kansas Kids campaign, which launched in May. The campaign is designed to recruit potential foster families, provide support to current foster families and increase the public’s awareness about the need for temporary, stable homes for children coming into care in Kansas.
 
The PSAs will be aired across the state starting in July. They will also be posted on the Foster Kansas Kids Facebook and Twitter pages. The participating legislators will be provided packets of information about foster care recruitment. They will also be given links to their personal PSAs to promote within their communities, on their websites and social media pages. The unique PSAs are available on the DCF Vimeo page.
 
The following legislators participated in the foster care PSAs:
 
President ​of the Senate Sen. Susan Wagle
Republican
District 30
Wichita
Sen. Larry Alley
Republican
District 32
Winfield
Sen. Bud Estes
Republican
District 38
Dodge City
Rep. Tory Marie Arnberger
Republican
District 112
Great Bend
Rep. Francis Awerkamp
Republican
District 61
St. Marys
Rep. Willie Dove
Republican
District 38
Bonner Springs
Rep. Gail Finney
Democrat
District 84
Wichita
Rep. Linda Gallagher
Republican
District 23
Lenexa
Rep. Daniel Hawkins
Republican
District 100
Wichita
Rep. Ron Highland
Republican
District 51
Wamego
​Rep. Don Hineman ​Republican  ​District 118  ​Bogue
Rep. Kyle Hoffman
Republican
District 116
Coldwater
Rep. Susan Humphries
Republican
District 99
Wichita
Rep. Trevor Jacobs
Republican
District 4
Fort Scott
Rep. Kevin Jones
Republican
District 5
Wellsville
Rep. Adam Lusker
Democrat
District 2
Frontenac
Rep. KC Ohaebosim
Democrat
District 89
Wichita
Rep. Jeff Pittman
Democrat
District 41
Leavenworth
Rep. Randy Powell
Republican
District 30
Olathe
Rep. Ken Rahjes
Republican
District 110
Agra
Speaker of the House Rep. Ron Ryckman
Republican
District 78
Olathe
Rep. Tom Sawyer
Democrat
District 95
Wichita
Rep. Eric Smith
Republican
District 76
Burlington
Rep. Ponka-We Victors
Democrat
District 103
Wichita
Rep. Chuck Weber
Republican
District 85
Wichita

 

To learn more about how to become a foster parent, visit www.fosterkskids.org.

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