Kansas Foster Care

Children from all backgrounds enter the Kansas foster care system, many bearing the scars of trauma. Foster parents open their homes and hearts – helping children heal, trust, and hope again. Children in care range in age from birth to 21, mostly school-aged. Most enter foster care due to abuse or neglect, while others exhibit behavioral disorders. We strive to keep sibling groups together and in their home community. Whatever their story, each child in foster care needs a safe place to stay and a family to provide for their emotional, educational, medical, and special behavioral needs.

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Saint Francis Ministries Families

Access information about the children in your care, along with resources and support tools designed to assist you in your journey as a foster parent. Stay connected, informed, and empowered as you make a difference in their lives.

Can I be a foster parent in Kansas?

YES! By meeting the following requirements and making the decision to open up your heart and your home, you can bring hope to a child in Kansas that needs you:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Take 30 hours of pre-service training
  • Pass criminal and child welfare clearance checks
  • Have a source of income other than foster care reimbursement
  • Own or rent a residence that meets all state requirements
  • Be willing to work as part of a professional team

“The more love you have, the more love you have to give. It’s an inexhaustible thing. It never dries up.”

Joel Merssman

Saint Francis Foster Parent

A joyful family sitting together on a couch with parents playing with their two children featuring a toddler and an older girl, in a cozy living room.

Frequently Asked Questions

Foster care is a nurturing and protective system for children from all backgrounds who can’t be with their biological families. Many of these children bear the scars of trauma, having experienced abuse, neglect, or other challenging situations. Our foster care program provides these children with a safe, loving environment where they can begin to heal, trust, and hope again. Our dedicated foster parents play a crucial role in caring for children up to the age of 21, ensuring their emotional, educational, medical, and special behavioral needs are met.

Children in need are placed in the homes of compassionate, state-certified foster parents. These foster parents provide day-to-day care, support, and stability to the children. Our aim is always to work towards the best outcome for each child, which may include reunification with biological families, adoption, or other long-term care solutions. Saint Francis Ministries provides ongoing support and training to foster parents to ensure the best possible care for the children.

To become a foster parent with Saint Francis Ministries, you must be at least 21 years old, pass a background check, complete training sessions, and demonstrate a supportive and safe home environment. Emotional maturity, financial stability, and a willingness to work cooperatively with our agency and professionals are essential. We are committed to supporting our foster parents every step of the way, providing 24/7 assistance, respite care, tax-free compensation, and more.

Across our various states of operation, the number of children in foster care changes. On average, 14 children enter the Saint Francis Ministries Foster Care program each day, highlighting the urgent need for more foster parents. Every child in our care seeks a safe haven and a nurturing environment, and the role of foster parents in providing stability and love during challenging times cannot be overstated.

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