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COVID-19 UPDATE: As of Jan. 1, 2021, KCSL offices continue to be closed to the public. Most in-person appointments will continue to be conducted in a virtual or outside (weather permitting) setting, or a combination of both. Trainings necessary for foster families to complete will continue to be offered virtually. For more information, email Tracy Atkins at tatkins@kcsl.org or call 877-530-5275.

Foster parents, also referred to as resource families, provide temporary care for children who require a safe and stable living environment outside their family of origin, whether it’s their birth parents, adoptive parents or guardians. 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.

The goal for the majority of children in foster care is reintegration with their biological family. Foster families often serve as a support to the family of origin no matter the circumstances. They and the child’s family have ongoing communication and work together toward returning the child safely to his or her home. This provides a better transition for the child and both families involved when it comes time for the child to leave a foster family’s care and allows the foster parents to continue to be a source of support for the child. Some children in foster care are waiting for a new, permanent home through adoption. Foster families may choose to become a forever family to a child who has been in their care previously.

Since 1893, KCSL has helped children in need of care through family foster homes. As a sponsor of resource homes in Geary, Jackson, Jefferson, Riley and Shawnee Counties, KCSL offers foster families the utmost support through open lines of communication, home visits and advocacy.

To learn more or get started contact a Family Service Representative or call 877-530-5275.

Additional Information

KCSL Foster Care Brochure
Successful Characteristics
To be a successful foster parent it takes flexibility, patience, tolerance, and a sense of humor.
Steps to Become a KCSL Foster Family
These five 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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