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New family preservation contracts have been announced by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.


TFI Family Services, which had served as the state's family preservation contractor from 2005-2009, is now the primary contractor for the west region, including Lyon, Chase and Morris counties. TFI replaces St. Francis Ministries, which had been the state's regional contractor since 2013.

TFI has also provided recruitment, training, retention and support of foster families since 1996. TFI started as a summer camp near Admire in 1965 and rapidly grew into a long-term residential care operation. TFI moved from rural Admire to Emporia in 1987, adding an emergency shelter in 1989, securing a child placement license in 1990, opening a visitation and exchange center in 1995 and securing a foster care and reintegration contract with the state in 2000.

Cornerstones of Care now handles family preservation for Coffey, Osage and Wabaunsee counties, while DCCCA has the Greenwood County contract. Both replace Eckerd Connects.

The changes in the family preservation contracts come after Governor Laura Kelly and DCF Secretary Laura Howard found fault with the grant award process approved by former governor Jeff Colyer and former DCF secretary Gina Meier-Hummel. The Kelly administration then used a traditional request for proposal mechanism before resetting the contracts, which run from Jan. 1, 2020 through June 30, 2024. Other contract terms have not been announced.

The family preservation contract is separate from foster care services, which has seen the state work on term adjustments with current grantees since February. St. Francis still manages foster care services for Lyon, Chase and Morris counties, while TFI has services for Coffey and Osage counties and KVC provides services for Greenwood and Wabaunsee counties.

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