About KVC Kansas

KVC Kansas (our legal name is KVC Behavioral Healthcare) is a private, nonprofit organization that serves 30,000 Kansas children and adults each year. We provide prevention services (family preservation), foster care case management, family reunification services, foster family recruitment and support, adoption, aftercare, outpatient therapy and more. Get a glimpse of what our team cares passionately about through the 90-second Heart of KVC video below:

The Heart of KVC

We exist to serve Kansas children and families in need because people matter and have inherent worth. The families we serve face serious challenges including mental illness, addiction, economic stress, family discord, child abuse and neglect, divorce, domestic violence, parental incarceration, the loss of loved ones, and ultimately, isolation. Our staff come alongside them with professional expertise and compassion. They help them come up with a personalized plan to achieve their goals and become the parents they have dreamed of becoming. We help stop the cycle of childhood adversity.

Nearly 50 Years of Child Welfare Leadership

We are very grateful and proud to have partnered with the Kansas Department for Children and Families since the agency first decided to use public/private partnerships in the late 1990s – over 20 years now. Read the remarkable story of about how private partners like KVC helped Kansas become a national child welfare leader. While our state is in a challenging time right now with a higher number of children in foster care, we know that capacity-building, prevention and additional funding will help Kansas become a national child welfare leader once again.

A group of women volunteers founded what is now KVC nearly 50 years ago in Kansas City, KS. Learn more about our history.

Where We Work

KVC Kansas’ 12 office locations

The KVC Kansas team is a team of 700 caring, compassionate professionals with rich expertise across 12 offices. We are 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. On any given day, we care for appx. 3,800 children in foster care and thousands more in community-based prevention and aftercare programs. See our annual impact or learn what KVC stands for.

KVC Kansas Exceeding Federal Performance Standards

We are exceeding federal outcome standards set by the federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) in some of the most important areas – safety in family preservation, child safety in foster care, placement in family-like settings and placement with relatives. We are working hard to exceed all other outcomes. KVC is accredited by The Joint Commission, considered the gold standard in healthcare.

Our Differentiators

Our Priorities

We believe that capacity-building, prevention and funding are the keys to strengthening the child welfare system. The cost savings and improved outcomes related to prevention services are clear. High quality prevention services cost on average $5,000-10,000 per family compared to $78,000 per family for one year of foster care (assuming three children average). KVC Kansas is focused on leading prevention efforts in Kansas through our current contracts and expanding services to prevent additional children to remain safe at home through Family First Prevention Services Act funded preventions services.

What is KVC’s Vision, Mission & Values?

Our Vision: A world in which every person is safe and connected to a strong family and a healthy community.

Our Mission: To enrich and enhance the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education.

What We Value:

  • The heart of our work is helping people.
  • Our character is built on authenticity and compassion.
  • Family connection drives our culture.
  • Collaboration fuels our improvement.
  • Urgency and innovation mark our approach.
  • Diverse perspectives are key to our progress.

 

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