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.
Relatives and and non-related kin often provide loving homes for children when their birth parents are unable to care for them. This type of arrangement, known as kinship placement, provides an environment that is likely more familiar to a child. For this reason, when a child needs to be placed out of home, finding caring relatives or non-related kin such as teachers or neighbors is a top priority for KVC. In Kansas, the average rate of kinship care rate is 47% of children in foster care, which is much better than the national average of 30%. This is better for children and families.
If you are currently involved in kinship care, we encourage you to use the following services and resources: