• Love is what drives them, sometimes in two cars

    November 22, 2019 · Foster Family Features

    The view through the Kishpaugh front window rolls clear to the horizon, over ochre Kansas hills lit by autumn sunshine. Chad’s eyes glisten as he recalls another “bright and sunny day,” when he and Amanda lost their son among these hills, in a collision with a truck and trailer at an unmarked rural intersection just a mile from home.

    Building Bridges, Forming Relationships

    November 15, 2019 · Foster Family Features

    Travis and Marie Clem received their first foster care placement just days before Thanksgiving, and they doubt they’ve had a full night’s sleep since. But that’s just fine with the Shady Point, Oklahoma, couple because they believe the blessings they’ve received through foster parenting more than make up for a few lost ZZZs. For the Clems, fostering is both a family and a community effort, as well as a Biblical mandate.

    Transition Act proposed to support FFPSA implementation

    November 6, 2019 · Advocacy,Ministry News

    Congressional champions for the Family First Prevention Services Act, who are working in a bi-partisan and bi-cameral manner, this week continued to demonstrate support of a successful FFPSA implementation. On Nov. 5, 2019, the House and the Senate introduced the Family First Transition Act, which has provisions designed to help states and stakeholders ease the transition to the federal child welfare financing structure in the FFPSA.

    Hi-Lites 2019: Fall

    October 24, 2019 · Hi-Lites,Newsletters

    Social Justice Program, Foster Family of the Year, HOPES Project, Moran staff visits The Mount, Texas & Nebraska News, U.N. Designation, KidzKamp, World Refugee Day, Employee Spotlight. Hi-Lites 2019 Fall edition is available for download.

    “A different lens”: Kansas announces Family First grants

    October 1, 2019 · Ministry News

    Saint Francis Ministries is excited to announce the receipt of two grants that will help Kansas work toward stabilizing vulnerable families and keeping children out of foster care. The Kansas Department for Children and Families on Oct. 1 announced the award recipients of its grants in support of the Family First Prevention Services Act. Saint Francis, based in Salina, Kansas, received awards of $729,267 for a Seeking Safety initiative and $2,871,371 to begin offering Family Centered Treatment in the state. The DHHS grant period for these awards is Oct. 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020.

    Saint Francis to create new future for St. John’s Military School campus

    September 26, 2019 · Ministry News

    Leaders of Saint Francis Ministries and St. John’s Military School on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, announced a collaboration that will create a positive, empowering future for the school’s Salina campus. Saint Francis Ministries, the long-time Salina-based nonprofit that provides child welfare and adult services in six states and internationally, has agreed to take over the St. John’s campus and will lead a collaborative effort to establish future plans for the property.

    Being a military family means material, spiritual support for foster family

    September 10, 2019 · Foster Care / Adoption,Foster Family Features

    Military families posted far from home often must rely on each other for support. This is especially true for those who serve children in need, along with serving their country. Nicole Berry knows this firsthand. She considers her Army friends and neighbors as much of a family as any connected genetically. The same goes for her spiritual family at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.