18 agencies awarded millions in foster care grants

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Kansas families will now have access to foster care prevention programs across the state.

(WIBW/Danielle Martin)

Governor Laura Kelly and Secretary Laura Howard of Department for Children and Families awarded 18 agencies across Kansas with $13 million in Family First Prevention grants on Tuesday.

"From day one of my administration, I've made it clear that we needed to take several steps to in order to dramatically improve the system," Gov.r Kelly said. "I'm so proud that Kansas is one of the first states to implement Family First."

The funding is available for children with parent(s), kinship caregivers, and/or aftercare services for reunified youth at imminent risk of placement of foster care.

"Our grant selection team have ensured that parents skill building and kinship navigator services are available in every county of Kansas," Secretary of DCF, Laura Howard emphasized.

The programs are in the areas of mental health, substance use disorder, parent skill building, and kinship navigation.

For more information on the foster care programs, click here.