When a family goes through a crisis, KVC Kansas provides vital services to help them overcome adversity and thrive. We’re one of the lead nonprofits in the state providing family preservation, foster care and adoption services on behalf of the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). We are honored to work with state legislators to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and families. As the primary child welfare contractor in Eastern Kansas, our taxpayer-funded work provides essential services to struggling children and families.
We’re dedicated to constant improvement and therefore believe that being transparent is crucial. On this page, you’ll learn how we are working with Kansas Legislators to improve the child welfare system. You can also learn more on our “Strengthening the Kansas Child Welfare System” page here.
Past Legislative Updates Sent
Monthly Legislative Spotlight
During each month of the legislative session, we want to recognize the outstanding elected officials who are working to strengthen Kansas children and families.
January 2018 Spotlight: Child Welfare Task Force
To kick things off, we’d like to introduce you to the Child Welfare Task Force. This group has put in many long hours and hard work throughout the time since the last regular session.
Thank you for helping to strengthen Kansas children and families!
February 2018 Spotlight: Sen. Vicki Schmidt
This month’s legislative spotlight shines a light on the work of Senator Vicki Schmidt (R-Topeka), Senate Assistant Majority Leader, who represents District 20 in the Kansas Senate. Sen. Schmidt is in her 4th term and serves as the Chair of the Child Welfare System Task Force Committee. She also Chairs Committees and Subcommittees revolving around Public Health, Welfare and Social Services. Sen. Schmidt is a pharmacist by trade and was born and raised in Wichita. She graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy and is married with two sons.
Thank you to Sen. Schmidt for her hard work on behalf of her constituents, children and families throughout the state of Kansas!
Click here to learn more about her.
March 2018 Spotlight: Sen. Laura Kelly (Now Governor)
This month’s legislative spotlight highlights the work of Senator Laura Kelly (D-Topeka), Senate Assistant Minority Leader, who represents District 18 in the Kansas Senate.
Sen. Kelly is in her fourth term and serves on the Child Welfare System Task Force and Social Services Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee. In addition, Sen. Kelly is active on both the Higher Education Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee, as well as the Health Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee. Sen. Kelly has been an active member of the Kansas Senate working to find solutions to problems that affect children, families and their communities.
Sen. Kelly earned her BS in Psychology at Bradley University and her MS in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University. Sen. Kelly and her husband Ted have been married for 34 years and have two adult daughters. Sen. Kelly served as the Executive Director of the Kansas Recreation and Parks Association for many years.
Thank you to Sen. Kelly for her hard work on behalf of her constituents and the citizens throughout the state of Kansas! Click here to learn more about Sen. Laura Kelly.
April 2018 Spotlight: Rep. Linda Gallagher
This month, we’d like to spotlight the work of Representative Linda Gallagher (R-Lenexa) who represents District 23 in the Kansas House of Representatives.
Rep. Gallagher is in her second term and serves on the Child Welfare System Task Force Committee,Transportation Committee, Social Services Budget Committee, Government, Technology and Security Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Children and Seniors Committee.
January 2019 Spotlight: Newly Elected Legislators
This month’s Legislative Spotlight highlights the newly elected legislators in both the Kansas House and Senate. We want to congratulate them on their success and look forward to working with them throughout their terms.
Recently, three of them stopped by KVC Kansas for a visit. We appreciated their thoughtful questions about how to strengthen child welfare and mental health services for children and families.
Good luck to all legislators this session, and thank you for your service and hard work on behalf of your constituents throughout the state of Kansas!
February 2019 Spotlight: Rep. Jarrod Ousley
This month’s legislative spotlight will shine a light on the work of Representative Jarrod Ousley (D-Merriam, Mission, Overland Park) who represents District 24 in the Kansas House of Representatives.
Currently in his 3rd term, Rep. Ousley serves as the Ranking Member of the Children and Seniors Committee. He is also a member of the Local Government Committee and the Elections Committee. He is on the Joint Committee on Kansas Security and the Child Welfare System Task Force.
Rep. Ousley has focused his efforts in the Kansas House on legislation that helps children and families and on making sure the state has strong programs addressing child welfare.
Raised in Johnson County, Rep. Ousley resides in Merriam and owns a paint contracting company. He is married with three children.
Thank you to Rep. Jarrod Ousley for his hard work on behalf of his constituents, children and families throughout the state of Kansas.
For more information on Rep. Jarrod Ousley, click here.
March 2019 Spotlight: Rep. Will Carpenter
This month’s legislative spotlight will shine a light on the work of Representative Will Carpenter (R-El Dorado) who represents District 75 in the Kansas House of Representatives.
Rep. Carpenter is in his third term and serves as the Chair of the Social Services Budget Committee. He is also a member of the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight Committee, Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee, and the Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Carpenter has focused his efforts in the Kansas House on issues such as economic development, energy independence, conservation and social services.
A small business owner and resident of El Dorado, Rep. Carpenter has been married for 29 years, and has three children and three grandchildren.
Thank you to Rep. Carpenter for his hard work on behalf of his constituents and the state of Kansas.
For more information on Rep. Will Carpenter, click here to visit his legislative profile.
April 2019 Spotlight – Rep. Susan Concannon
This month’s legislative spotlight will shine a light on the work of Representative Susan Concannon (R-Beloit), who represents District 107 in the Kansas House of Representatives.
Rep. Concannon is in her fourth term and serves as Chair of the Children and Seniors Committee. She is also a member of the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight Committee, Taxation Committee and the Appropriations Committee. She has focused her efforts in the Kansas House on issues such as rural revitalization, education and health care.
Rep. Concannon is a lifelong Kansas resident who has lived in Beloit for 25 years. She is the former executive director of a medical foundation in Mitchell County. Rep. Concannon has served on numerous boards and is a Bethany College graduate. She has three children, two grandchildren and has been married for 32 years to Dr. Craig Concannon.
Thank you to Rep. Concannon for her hard work on behalf of her constituents and the state of Kansas.
If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to talk with you. Please contact Jenny Kutz who leads our Communications Team at (913) 322-4900. Learn more at kvckansas.org.