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The Kansas Department for Children and Families has reset its list of foster care contractors.

In a decision announced late Thursday, Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel authorized St. Francis Ministries, formerly St. Francis Community Services, as the case management contractor for three regions in Kansas including what’s called Area 2 involving Lyon, Chase and Morris counties. St. Francis was responsible for Greenwood County in the previous contract.

St. Francis was one of two primary contractors in the prior contractor structure along with KVC, which handed eastern Kansas. KVC, which previously operated in Coffey, Osage and Wabaunsee counties, now handles part of northeast Kansas, including Wabaunsee County. However, TFI Family Services, which at one point was headquartered in Emporia and served as the state’s primary contractor, has now been approved for the case management contract in two regions, including Coffey, Osage and Greenwood counties.

The other approved case management contractor is Cornerstones of Care, which will serve part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

In addition, KDCF announced family preservation providers. Eckerd Connects will now serve three of the state’s four regions, including Lyon and most surrounding counties. Coffey and Osage counties will be served by Cornerstones of Care.

KDCF announced the changes in contractors after what was referred to as “an extensive, robust” process. DCF says it developed improved child welfare grants to address known issues in the foster care system, including a high number of children in the system, low numbers of current or potential foster families, foster children staying in contractor offices overnight due to the demand, foster children running away and being unaccounted for weeks or months at a time and others. Meier-Hummerl says the new welfare grants “put Kansas children and families first and emphasize contractor accountability and oversight.”

Contracts go into effect July 1, 2019.

 

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