Youth enter foster care when their families are going through a crisis. When this occurs, loving individuals open their homes to these children and teens temporarily while their families overcome challenges. Currently, in Kansas, more than 7,500 children and teens are in foster care, and the need for loving people to open their homes to youth is greater than ever. The number of youth in care has grown 39% since 2012. Being a foster parent, or caring for a child or teen whose birth family is going through a crisis, gives you the amazing opportunity to change a child’s life for the better, and the experience is guaranteed to enrich your life as well. If you’d like to know more about the steps to opening your home to a child or teen in need, click here.
If you want to foster a child in your area, there are multiple agencies you can choose from to sponsor your journey as a foster parent. Before reaching out to an agency, we recommend reviewing this helpful guide that will show you what to look for in a foster care agency. It will show you how to evaluate an agency’s training, support, reputation, and quality, and comes with a checklist to assist you when you begin reaching out to agencies.
Here is a list of foster care agencies in Kansas:
Click the image to find which agencies currently serve your area:
KVC Kansas is responsible for the care of all children served by the Kansas Department for Children and Families’ Kansas City Metro and Eastern Regions, which includes 30 counties and more than half of all children in the child welfare system.