Name: Developing Family-Based Systems of Care for Local Communities in Kansas
Target Population: All children and youth at risk of entering or who already are in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems in three pilot communities. Children and youth already in either system will be targeted for reduction in length of time in out-of-home placement or for return to their home community if they are not able to return home.
Geographical Area: Two communities representing different demographics were selected to be pilot sites:
- Rural Cherokee County in southeast Kansas (population less than 35,000, 7 percent minority, 16 percent below poverty), selected on the basis of their prior commitment to collaboration and building family-centered systems. They have a very strong coalition called the Partnership for All Cherokee County Children (PACCC) that has been successfully collaborating for more than 10 years.
- Reno County, a south central metropolitan area (population less than 35,000, 10 percent minority, 6 percent below poverty), selected because they represent a community that is resource rich but has significant challenges in the area of communication and collaboration.
The grant team is also focusing its efforts on State-level infusion of the Family Centered Systems of Care (FCSOC) guiding principles.
Summary: The project's focus is to positively affect children and youth at risk of entering or who already are in the child welfare system in the pilot communities and to implement/integrate the FCSOC guiding principles into practice, policies, and procedures statewide.
To assist with operationalizing and infusing the FCSOC guiding principles into child welfare practice in Kansas, a statewide steering committee was formed. The statewide steering committee created this vision for the grant: Kansas families have supports to raise their children. The mission is: partnering for the continual growth of families one community at a time. The steering committee is composed of youth and family, community partners and providers, agency staff, and grant team members. The key to sustainability and success lies in the ability to successfully model collaboration throughout child welfare in Kansas. Statewide steering committee members act as agents of change to assist in achieving that goal.
Kansas has a history of collaborative efforts in children's mental health, juvenile justice, education, child welfare, and substance abuse prevention. The demonstration grant is structured to leverage those earlier efforts and to take advantage of infrastructure already in place.
For more information:
Senior Child Welfare Administrator Children & Family Services