Kansas

US$1.8 million awarded to 10 communities to open family resource centers

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Approximately $1.8 million in grants have been allocated to 10 Kansas communities to build family resource centers in their respective locations.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families created these grants to give Kansas families greater access to all available resources, which in turn would reduce the need for families to turn to DCF for assistance.

Laura Howard, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, can improve the lives of families in Kansas, provide all the resources families need, and reduce the need for families in need.

“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.”

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
Total awarded: $1,762,212

Grants awarded have three one-year renewal options if each community desires continued support. The funding runs until June 30, 2024.

The Office of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced the grants awarded Wednesday, and Kelly said she strongly believes these grants could bring outstanding benefit to Kansas families.

“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, is preparing Kansas families for success.”

The services that the Family Resource Centers offer are:

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

DCF will work with the Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) to build the Family Resource Center Network. KCSL is also commissioned to work with communities to create their resource center.

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