Foster families, youth formerly in care and foster family staff are essential to the child welfare system. Thank you to those who have offered to share their stories of inspiration, encouragement and hope.

“Normal” Behavior by Denise Stevens

November 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

I was born and raised in Kansas, living most of my adult life in Topeka. I have worked in [...]

The Honeymoon is Over, You Say? Not Really. by Denise Stevens

October 17th, 2017|Foster Family Stories|

I was born and raised in Kansas, living most of my adult life in Topeka. I have worked in [...]

An open letter to my “foster” parents who made a difference in my life by Alexandra Ware

October 9th, 2017|Foster Family Stories|

Alexandria Ware is a graduate student at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa pursuing a Master’s Degree in Development and Family Science. [...]

Julie White: My Journey Through Child Welfare

October 6th, 2017|Foster Family Stories|

Julie White is a Foster Care Home Recruiter for Saint Francis Community Services and has been a foster parent [...]

10 things every foster parent needs to know by Alexandra Ware

September 12th, 2017|Foster Family Stories|

Alexandria Ware is a graduate student at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa pursuing a Master’s Degree in Development and Family Science. [...]

Deneen Dryden: Close to Home When it Matters Most

August 29th, 2017|Staff Feature|

Deneen Dryden is the Director of Prevention and Protection Services for the Kansas Department for Children and Families. [...]

The Wilson Family Story

August 16th, 2017|Foster Family Stories|

Deana and her husband, Tim, have been married for 28 years and currently reside in Topeka, KS. Tim is [...]

Alexandria Ware: From Foster Care to Capitol Hill Internship

August 16th, 2017|Foster Family Stories|

Alexandria Ware is a graduate student at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa pursuing a Master’s Degree in Development and Family Science. [...]

Denise Stevens: Things A Child Formerly in Foster Care Would Tell Foster Families

August 16th, 2017|Foster Family Stories|

I was born and raised in Kansas, living most of my adult life in Topeka. I have worked in [...]

The Samples Family Story

August 16th, 2017|Foster Family Stories|

Chuck and his wife, Ginny, live in Emporia, Kan. Chuck is currently the Emporia Public Schools director of community [...]