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Families Gather to Celebrate Overcoming Challenges

IMG_1126Topeka, KS – June 10, 2014 – KVC Kansas, a nonprofit organization that provides services on behalf of the state Department for Children and Families, will host its annual Families United celebration on Friday, June 27 at Gage Park. The event honors families that have successfully reintegrated after facing significant difficulties. It takes place 6:30 to 8:30p.m., and includes a carnival-themed picnic, games and prizes.

Each year, thousands of Kansas children are removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, parental substance abuse or other family challenges. Currently, more than 6,000 children are in foster care in the state. More than half of those families are able to safely reunite due to hard work on their part and, for those who live in the Eastern part of the state, support from KVC Kansas.

Families at the event are participating in KVC’s aftercare program, which continues for one year after reintegration, adoption, or permanent custodianship. The aftercare program includes intensive in-home family therapy, typically provided by a master’s level practitioner, to help keep children safe and stable in their homes. Through the program, KVC connects families with a multitude of community services including medical or behavioral health services, education or legal assistance.

At KVC, 97 percent of children who enter foster care and return home or find a forever family will remain there. By contrast, the national average is 67 percent. This achievement can be attributed to KVC’s excellent case management system and extensive parent training.

Most families who attend Families United feel they are past their darkest days and are happy their family is back together. More about Family Reunification Month (June) including inspiring stories and videos can be found online at http://dcf.ks.gov.

KVC hosted a Families United event at Antioch Park earlier in the month to celebrate with families in the Kansas City Metro Region.