Kansas Caregivers Support Network

Licensed Foster Families | Kinship or Relative Parents | Non-Related Kinship Families

Wichita State University’s Public Policy and Management Center has a contract with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) to develop the Kansas Caregivers Support Network to provide meaningful representation and a voice to caregivers. The Kansas Caregivers Support Network will provide for caregivers’ needs in a variety of ways, including peer to peer support and mentoring, education and training opportunities, and information and resources to assist all caregivers in feeling equipped to handle the needs of children in care. The Kansas Caregivers Support Network will provide for Kansas Foster, Non-Related Kinship and Kinship/Relative caregivers. The Kansas Caregivers Support Network will work to be a connection for caregivers, Child Welfare Case Management Providers, Child Placing Agencies and DCF. The Kansas Caregivers Support Network is excited to be one piece of the support network that surrounds the caregivers and children who are part of the Kansas Child Welfare System.


Wichita State University
Public Policy & Management Center

1845 Fairmount Street
Wichita, KS 67260-0211

Call: (316) 978-6678
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To bridge the gap between Kansas Caregivers and the Child Welfare System by creating access to resources to sustain a healthy placement.


To be recognized as the innovative, trusted and respected resource for caregivers and partners across Kansas.


  • Collaboration with all partners and caregivers in Kansas
  • Innovative thinking within the development of services and supports
  • Intentionally being inclusive of all voices impacting the welfare of a child

Meet the Board

Aliex Kofoed
Aliex KofoedPresident
Glenda R. Martens
Glenda R. MartensVice-President
Clairissa Maddy
Clairissa MaddySecretary
Stephanie Birney
Stephanie BirneyTreasurer
Patrice Claassen
Patrice Claassen
Lisa Milford
Lisa Milford
Jessica Lea
Jessica Lea
Dr. Katherine Melhorn
Dr. Katherine Melhorn

Board Documents

Board Meeting Minutes

Kansas Caregivers Support Network Meeting Minutes

Becoming a Foster Parent

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