About KVC Kansas
Dear Friends & Partners,
Thank you for your interest in strengthening Kansas children and families. My name is Linda Bass (“boss”) and I am honored to serve as President of KVC Kansas.
KVC Kansas is a private, nonprofit organization that serves 30,000 children and adults each year. You can read about our annual impact here. Our team of 700 professionals provides preventative family preservation services, parent training, foster care case management, family reunification services, foster family recruitment and support, adoption, aftercare, outpatient therapy and more. Our legal name is KVC Behavioral Healthcare and our parent organization is KVC Health Systems.
My priorities are (1) expanding our prevention work in order to reach more families and provide critical support before children are at risk for separation, and (2) increasing support for our dedicated caregivers and staff.
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.
What unites us is a set of core values, such as: The heart of our work is helping people. Our character is built on authenticity and compassion. Family connection drives our culture. Learn more about our team’s passion through the 90-second Heart of KVC video below, and please join us in supporting and advocating for families!
Linda Bass, PhD, LCMFT
President, KVC Kansas
The Heart of KVC
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
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.
- Evidence-Informed – We are involved with a number of federal grants studying evidence-based interventions focused on improving timely permanency, safety and wellbeing. As one example, KVC worked with NYU, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and others to conduct a 5-year study of the impact of making our foster care and other programs trauma-informed. The results shows that implementation of Trauma Systems Therapy measurably improved children’s functioning, emotion and behavior regulation and placement stability.
- Broad Continuum of Care – In addition to prevention programs and foster care, we also have children’s psychiatric hospitals and PRTFs which provide treatment to youth.
- High Achievement – Each year, we safely prevent about 6,000 children from entering foster care through prevention services and we also facilitate 360 children’s adoptions – which is essentially 1 child’s adoption every day. See our annual impact here.
- Expertise – We provide training and consultation around the world on topics like right-sizing congregate care (from 30% to 4% in Kansas) and safely reducing the use of psychotropic medication by youth in foster care (to 9%, one of the lowest rates in the nation). KVC Kansas also supports the infrastructure for Parent Management Training Oregon (PMTO) which has demonstrated improved child and family outcomes along with significant cost savings as compared to treatment as usual.
- Engaging Caregivers – We have an active group of parents whose children were or are in foster care. We learn from these parents how to improve our services. They also serve as mentors to other parents involved in the child welfare system. We also have a foster family conference which brings together 1,000 people for training and camaraderie.
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.