By Jessie Wagoner
The Kansas Department for Children and Families has awarded new Family Preservation grants, which will lead to a contractor change in McPherson County. Family Preservation programs are designed to provide vulnerable families across the state with access to intensive in-home services.
Family Preservation is a voluntary service provided to families with a child at risk of entering foster care. It includes both short term case management services and in-home services. The program may also serve pregnant women using substances to help the mother find and maintain substance use treatment.
In McPherson County, St. Francis Community Services has been providing Family Preservation services to families. That will change Jan. 1.
“At the beginning of my administration I canceled previously awarded family preservation grants because of the lack of transparency,” Governor Laura Kelly said in a press release. “Today, I am pleased to say that the Department for Children and Families with assistance from the Department of Administration have chosen well qualified partners to assist in our to strengthen families.”
TFI Family Services has been awarded the contract for the West Region of the state, which includes McPherson County. TFI has previously provided family preservation services in Kansas from 2005-2009. The agency has also provided recruitment, training, retention and support of foster families across Kansas since 1996.
“TFI Family Services is honored to be selected as the provider for family preservation services in the west region,” TFI CEO Michael Patrick said. “We are excited that our TFI caseworkers and therapists will have the opportunity to serve some of our most at-risk families and ensure they remain safely together at a family.”
DCCCA has been awarded the contract for the Kansas City and Wichita regions. Cornerstones of Care will manage the contract in the East region.
In fiscal year 2018, there were 20 families in McPherson County who received Family Preservation services. Since the beginning of fiscal year 2019, 15 families have been served by Family Preservation in McPherson County. The most common reason for a family to be referred to Family Preservation is a child not having proper control or supervision.