Legislative Updates

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When a family goes through a crisis, KVC Kansas intervenes to administer support and services that will allow them to 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 tax-payer 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.

Recent Updates

Monthly Legislative Spotlight

Throughout 2018, we want to recognize the outstanding elected officials who are working to strengthen Kansas children and families.

January Spotlight: Child Welfare Task Force

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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! Click here to learn more about each member.

February Spotlight: Sen. Vicki Schmidt

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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 legislative updatesher 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 Spotlight: Sen. Laura Kelly

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.


If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to talk with you. Please contact Lindsey Stephenson, Vice President of KVC Kansas, at (913) 499-8100. Learn more at kvckansas.org.