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Kansas funding to establish SEC family resource centers

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – Funding from Kansas is aimed at supporting the establishment of family resource centers in several local communities.

Gov. Laura Kelly announced nearly $1.8 million in funding for 10 centers. The Kansas Department for Children and Families approved the funds. It’s part of the department’s ongoing effort to reduce the need for families to have formal contact with the agency. The agency also hopes this will result in fewer youngsters in the care system.

“We know that if we can help build the skills needed for families to thrive, we can prevent families from having exposure to DCF, particularly the child welfare system,” said Secretary Laura Howard. “These centers will focus on parental resilience, social connections and important parenting and child development skills that we believe will result in fewer youth in the care system.”

The KDCF has approved the following funds:

Agency

counties served

premium 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

County Sedgwick

$208,333

KU Project Adler

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 $202

Wyandotte County; $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 award was $1,762,212.

“The centers that receive these grants serve as community centers with the sole purpose of supporting families in their own neighborhoods,” Gov. Laura Kelly said. “Easier access to programs and services, including job training, early childhood programs and nutrition services, prepares Kansas families for success.”

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

  • Childcare resources and recommendations
  • advisory
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Food bank, cooking and nutrition programs
  • health screenings
  • Home visit program
  • Professional skills training
  • legal advice
  • literacy programs
  • Parenting and Peer Groups
  • play groups
  • youth leadership and peer groups

DCF works with the Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) to manage the Family Resource Center network. KCSL will work with communities to design and create their center. As the leading operator of the 1-800-Children Parent Helpline, KCSL provides insight into resources for parents and caregivers to support the success of any family resource center.

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

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