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Foster Care
Foster parents, also referred to as resource families, provide temporary care for children who cannot remain in their home due to neglect, abuse, or poor parental choices. Children requiring foster care range in age from infancy to 18, and come from a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Some have special needs. Besides providing the daily basics of food, shelter, and clothing, foster parents provide the care, stability and guidance all children need.

In Kansas, some 6,000 children each year need foster care. The goal for the majority of these children is reintegration with their biological family. In order for this to happen the parents must meet certain requirements to show they can provide a safe and stable home for their children. Some children in foster care are waiting for a new, permanent family through adoption. In some cases foster families opt to make their home a forever one for a child which they have provided care.

For more than 100 years, the Kansas Children’s Service League has helped children in need of care through family foster homes. As a statewide sponsor of resource homes, KCSL provides its foster families with the support, resources, and training necessary for them to give kids their best.

To learn more, or get started, contact a Family Service Representative or toll free at 877-530-5275.

KCSL Foster Care Brochure
KCSL Foster Care Application

Additional Information

Successful Characteristics
To be a successful foster parent it takes flexibility, patience, tolerance, and a sense of humor.
5 Easy Steps
These 5 easy steps start you down a very rewarding path.
Most foster parents say their love for children and wanting to help them is reason enough to provide foster care. In addition to the opportunity to make a real and lasting difference in the life of a child, KCSL resource families enjoy additional benefits.
Just like the children needing care, there are a variety of foster care opportunities families can choose to provide.
How You Help Kids
While in so many ways like other boys and girls, children in foster care, due to their unique circumstance, face special challenges. KCSL provides foster families with the training and support they need in order to be successful in helping the children in their care.
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Important Information for Resource Families About KanCare
Frequently Asked Questions About KanCare
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