TOPEKA - Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore would like to thank Governor Sam Brownback for his support and leadership to address the agency’s social worker shortage. This afternoon, the Governor authorized an increase of $1.1 million to the DCF budget to fund salary increases for social workers.
“One of the highest priorities for the State is to ensure the safety of Kansas children,” Secretary Gilmore said. “The Governor clearly understands that in order to help families in crisis and protect children from abuse and neglect, it’s imperative the State of Kansas have well-trained and experienced social workers who are ready and willing to respond. DCF must remain competitive with private-sector employers, so that we can retain and recruit the very best staff possible.”
These funds will allow the agency to provide social workers with a salary increase and offer higher starting salaries for qualified Prevention and Protection Services staff.
“DCF’s mission is to protect children, promote healthy families and encourage personal responsibility,” Secretary Gilmore said. “Kansas kids deserve a happy childhood free of abuse and neglect, and DCF social workers make the difference.”