Children and teens belong with their own families whenever possible. KVC works to safely reintegrate hundreds of families each year by providing parenting skills training, therapy and other support.
Caring People Needed
On any given day, KVC Kansas provides out-of-home care for thousands of youth. Relatives, non-related kin like teachers and neighbors, and foster families are all critical to providing temporary care for these children and teens.
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Your Help Matters
There are many large and small ways you can still lend a hand. Regardless of your size of gift, know that each caring touch makes a big difference in the lives of others.
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About KVC Kansas
KVC Kansas is a private, nonprofit organization that serves over 15,000 children and adults each year. Our team of professionals provides family strengthening and preventative services, parent training, foster care case management, family reunification services, foster family recruitment and support, adoption, aftercare, outpatient therapy and more.
We envision a world in which every person is safe and connected to a strong family and a healthy community.
Request a Parent Mentor
Are you a parent or caregiver navigating the child welfare system? Look no further than KVC’s Parent Mentorship program! Our team of mentors who have lived many of the same experiences as you are here to provide the guidance and support you need on your journey. Our dedicated mentors will offer personalized connection, conversation and support tailored to your unique situation.
From emotional support to advocacy, we’ve got you covered every step of the way. We want to empower you in your efforts to reunite with your children after foster care. Let us walk alongside you, providing the tools and encouragement you need to create a stable and nurturing environment for your family. Sign up for a mentor today!
Experience the Benefits of Personalized Mentorship
Personalized guidance and support tailored to your specific situation.
Empathy and understanding from mentors who have walked a similar journey.
Assistance in accessing vital resources and navigating the child welfare system.
Emotional support and encouragement to help you rebuild your life and reunite with your children.
Options for phone, video, or in-person mentorship to suit your preferences.
Meet the Mentors
I’m Ashley, a resilient mother who recovered after years of substance abuse to reunite with my children. I understand the pain and uncertainty that can accompany involvement with the child welfare system, as my husband and I found ourselves facing unimaginable circumstances in 2015. (Watch this video of my families’ story.)
Following the birth of our third son, social services intervened when he tested positive for meth and THC. Without warning, all three of our children entered foster care. Broken, confused, and scared, we had no idea what we were going to do or even how to start.
Our journey to recovery started off on shaky ground. We missed visits and failed UAs. There was actually a point in which I truly believe we felt it was impossible to get our kids back. With these thoughts in mind, we fell deeper into our addiction and quickly began to miss even more UAs and visits.
Then, a pivotal phone call from my mother jolted us awake. “Ashley, you’ve got court in 30 days and they’re going to relinquish your rights if you don’t get it together.”
In that moment, the overwhelming fear of losing our children forever made us change our behavior. Determined to rebuild our lives, we left a toxic environment and moved in with my father, embarking on a challenging journey to recovery. Our road was filled with pain, regret, sorrow, and disappointment at times, but everyday we woke up with the resolve to be better than the day before. After two long years involved with the foster care system, we finally reunified with our children and brought them back home where they belong.
Since our involvement with foster care, my husband secured stable employment and has supported my pursuit of becoming a registered nurse. We’ve also welcomed a beautiful baby boy into our lives, who is now three years old. Having fought my way back into society, I’m driven to give back and support parents who are experiencing similar struggles. I truly understand the heartbreak and despair that can accompany these circumstances, and I want to inspire others who may feel hopeless at this very moment.
I reside in Doniphan County and work in the Atchison area. Together, my husband and I have turned our story of struggle into one of resilience and hope. Let me help you do the same. Reach out today and let me support you through your journey to reunite with your kids.
Hello, I’m Kassi, a resident of Topeka, Kansas, and a passionate advocate for families in need. I’m willing to help bio parents, kinship caregivers, and guardianship families so together we ensure the safety and security of your family.
As a parent mentor, I understand the challenges and hurdles that families face when navigating the child welfare system. Having experienced these struggles firsthand with my girls, I’m dedicated to filling the void of support I once longed for.
My role as a mentor extends beyond just offering a listening ear. I can assist you in accessing vital resources, navigating the process of applying for benefits, and address any concerns related to unsafe housing conditions. My ultimate goal is to guide and empower you to build a strong and secure foundation for your children’s wellbeing.
I believe it takes a village to raise children, and equally, it takes a village to support families in need. Reach out today and let’s start building a secure and nurturing environment for your family.
I’m Michael, a dedicated parent who has personally navigated the challenges of having my two daughters placed into state custody. Additionally, I myself have experienced the foster care system as a youth. These experiences have fueled my passion to offer support and guidance to families in similar situations.
Despite my busy schedule as a truck driver, I’m committed to connecting with and assisting families in any way possible. Whether you need a listening ear, advice based on my own lived experience, or information on how to effectively navigate the child welfare system, I’m here to support you. While video chats are limited to evenings, rest assured I’m available for phone calls for the majority of the day.
I understand the unique challenges and emotions that arise from being directly involved with the child welfare system. Let me lend you a hand on your journey, providing empathy, encouragement, and practical assistance. Submit the form below to connect with me.
Hello there! I’m Gabriella, a 24-year-old mother and wife. I’m blessed with two incredible boys, ages seven and one and a half, and I’m married to my lovely husband, Noah. (Watch this video of my families’ story.)
My life’s journey hasn’t been without challenges. At the young age of fifteen, I entered foster care. Due to multiple placement moves and school changes, I struggled to keep up with school. At sixteen, I made the decision to drop out and marry my boyfriend at the time to avoid returning to the system. Then I became pregnant.
Soon after, I went through a divorce, my son’s father ended up incarcerated and tragically, an addiction relapse led to my baby being removed from me when he was just over a year old. At that point, I found myself trapped in a cycle of extreme substance abuse, poverty, and mental health struggles. I felt like I had nothing and faced countless challenges, from unstable jobs to legal issues. Despite my tough circumstances, I persevered through probation, inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation treatment centers, and transitional living arrangements and Oxford Housing. I had no family support outside of my paternal grandmother, and even then I still had a rough ride. Throughout my life, I experienced various forms of abuse from family members and non-related acquaintances. You name it, I went through it. All of this shaped my journey.
Fast forward to today, and I am proud to say that I am a homeowner and a dedicated member representative for the Kansas Family First Family Council. I volunteer with KVC in their Engaging Parents Workgroup, and I am also a Lived Expert partnering with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Together, we are implementing the SOUL Family program as a permanency option for teens aged sixteen and older within the KVC system. But above all, my greatest achievement is being a present and nurturing mother to my two amazing kids. I cherish every special moment with them, from fun weekends at the Art Center with my oldest son to attending all of his baseball practices, games, and many other activities! As for my little one, he is my oldest son’s best friend and our sweet bundle of joy. I get to experience every single moment of their lives with them, and that is the ultimate reward.
My hope is to provide reliable support and compassion to anybody going through a hard time. You don’t have to face the process of reuniting with your children alone or in fear. The truth is that we all need somebody to confide in who has been through this, and that’s where I come in! I just know that if I had someone to lean on, who had succeeded in this journey, I could have gotten my son back sooner. Don’t lose any more time with those babies – you can do this!
I currently reside in Lawrence, KS, in Douglas County. Connect with me and let me support you on your path to a brighter future.