- About Us
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 over 3,800 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.
Adoption Training and Support
KVC offers training and support to educate adoptive families and help assist in the process of transitioning children into new homes.
In Kansas, parents must complete 30 hours of free training in “Trauma-Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanency – Model Approach for Partnerships in Parenting” (TIPS-MAPP).
TIPS-MAPP is a free comprehensive preparation and selection program required by the state of Kansas for anyone wanting to become a foster or adoptive family. A certified team of professional staff and experienced foster parents lead a series of 10 sessions that meet once a week for 3 hours, for a total of 30 hours of training. TIPS-MAPP is required for everyone living in the home, 18 years old and above, who will be sharing parenting responsibilities.
This process presents an opportunity for participants to make informed decisions about their willingness and readiness to become foster or adoptive parents, and they will learn:
To work in partnership for the best interest of the children.
The reasons children come into foster care and the feeling and behaviors they bring with them.
- The different roles of foster parents and effective parenting skills.
- How children cope with the loss of family.
- How trust is developed and attachments are built.
- How to help children build self-esteem.
The importance of supporting the child’s connections to his or her past and how vital it is to be sensitive to a child’s kin, culture, and community.