Child Welfare and Behavioral HealthCare
In 2013, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) announced that KVC Behavioral HealthCare, Inc. (KVC Kansas) has been awarded the contracts for Reintegration/Foster Care/Adoption Services and Family Preservation Services for Regions 1 and 2 (Kansas City and East Regions)
With these awards, KVC will continue to serve all existing communities and expand its service reach even further. This represents a 30-county area of eastern Kansas, spanning from Nebraska to Oklahoma, and includes approximately 50 percent of all children served in Kansas child welfare.
“KVC is very pleased that DCF has shown ongoing confidence in the ability of our organization to continue to serve as strong partners in providing quality services to so many children and families in the Kansas City area,” said Wayne Sims, KVC Health Systems President and CEO. “We believe the hard work of our dedicated staff, who demonstrates daily that “Excellence is not an act; it’s a habit,” contributed to these contract awards, and we want to thank them for the work they do.”
In 1996, Kansas became the first state to privatize its child welfare system by contracting with private agencies to provide the care for children in state custody. Since that time, KVC has served as a contractor for these children. Children enter state custody when a court determines removing children from their home is required to ensure safety. Often these children have experienced abuse or neglect. KVC then provides case management and related services for the children.
We understand the critical importance of meeting needs promptly and effectively to establish child permanency, and are proud to offer one of the most extensive arrays of behavioral health services of any private foster care provider in the nation.