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Kansas funding to create SEK family resource centers

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – Kansas funding aims to help create Family Resource Centers in several local communities.

Governor Laura Kelly announced the nearly $1.8 million in funding for 10 centers. The Kansas Department for Children and Families granted the funds. It’s part of the department’s ongoing efforts to decrease the need for families to have formal contact with the agency. The agency also hopes it will result in fewer youth in the foster care system.

“We know that if we can help build the skills necessary for families to succeed, we can prevent the need for families to have contact with DCF, especially the child welfare system,” Secretary Laura Howard said. “These centers will focus on parent resilience, social connections and important parent and child development skills which we believe will result in fewer youth in the foster care system.”

The KDCF has granted funds to the following: 

Agency 

Counties Served 

Award Amount 

Community Children’s Center 

Douglas County 

$208,300 

Kansas Family Advisory Network SE 

Allen, Bourbon, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Crawford, Labette, Linn, Montgomery, Neosho, Osage, and Wilson Counties 

$208,300 

Kansas Family Advisory Network SW 

Barton, Comanche, Edwards, Finney, Ford, Gray, Greeley, Harvey, Lyon, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Pawnee, Reno, Rice, Seward, and Stafford Counties 

$208,300 

Kansas Children’s Service League 

Sedgwick County 

$208,333 

KU Project Eagle 

Wyandotte County  

$208,095 

Live Well NWKS 

Cheyenne, Rawlins, Decatur, Norton, Sherman, Thomas, Sheridan, Graham, Wallace, Logan, Gove, and Trego Counties 

$208,300 

Pony Express 

Marshall and Washington Counties 

$197,443 

Turner USD 202 

Wyandotte County; USD 202 

$84,000 

Urban League of Kansas 

67214 zip code in Sedgwick County 

$124,999 

USD 252 Lyon Co. 

Lyon County communities of Neosho Rapids, Harford and Olpe 

$106,142 

The total amount awarded was $1,762,212.

“The centers receiving these grants serve as community hubs with the sole purpose of supporting families in their own neighborhoods,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Providing easier access to programs and services, including job skills training, early childhood programs, and nutritional services, sets Kansas families up for success.”

According to Kelly’s Office, Family Resource Centers are designed for all families with services at no or low cost for participants. Examples of services and supports offered at a resource center include:

  • Childcare resource and referral
  • Counseling
  • Early childhood programs
  • Food bank, cooking, and nutrition programs
  • Health screenings
  • Home visiting program
  • Job skills training
  • Legal services
  • Literacy programs
  • Parent leadership and peer groups
  • Play groups
  • Youth leadership and peer groups

DCF partners with the Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) to administer the Family Resource Center network. KCSL will work with the communities to design and create their center. As the lead operator of the Parent Helpline 1-800-Children, KCSL offers insights on parenting and caregiver resources to help with the success of each Family Resource Centers.

The grants run through June 30, 2024, with three one-year options to renew.

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