From Crisis to Connection: Family Strengthening and Prevention Services at KVC
KVC Health Systems » Child Welfare
by clairelawrence
1M ago
While foster care can be a crucial safety net for children and families in challenging circumstances, we at KVC know how important it is to help families stay together. Consistent caregiving and stable families are crucial for children. Foster care prevention and family preservation services help families remain intact, allowing children to grow and thrive! It’s not possible to keep every family from experiencing separation. However, there are many proactive ways of preventing the conditions that can lead to foster care. Let’s explore why it’s ideal to keep a child with their birth parents, w ..read more
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KVC Health Systems Ranks in Top 1% of Employers Nationwide with 77 Work Wellbeing Score
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by clairelawrence
7M ago
“What everyone in the world wants is a good job,” says Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO of Gallup. His company knows this for a fact; Gallup has surveyed 35 million employees worldwide on work wellbeing.  But what exactly is a good job? “Gallup defines a good job as one with 30+ hours of work a week with a consistent paycheck from an employer,” Clifton elaborates. “A great job is a job in which you believe your boss cares about your development, you can use your strengths every day at work, and you believe your work makes a contribution to something. So your job matters and, subsequently, y ..read more
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Stories of Life-Changing Connections: Mental Health Support, Family Reunification, Foster Care and Adoption
KVC Health Systems » Child Welfare
by clairelawrence
9M ago
At KVC Health Systems, a family of nonprofits serving children and families, we always start with connection. Healing begins when we have positive relationships in our lives — people who see us, look out for us, and want the best for us. And at KVC, we get to be part of inspiring, life-changing connection stories every day. Whether that’s a story of a foster care caseworker noticing and meeting a child’s needs, a family reconnecting after difficult times, or a community coming together for a shared cause, life is really all about positive relationships with other people. While some of us have ..read more
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How to Support LGBTQIA+ Youth: Gender-Affirming Care and Resources
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by bjaworski
1y ago
Mental health can pose many challenges for young people, and the statistics are particularly startling for LGBTQIA+ youth. But there are many ways to support LGBTQIA+ youth in your life.  In a 2021 survey of more than 35,000 LGBTQIA+ youth, 42% stated they seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth. Additionally, 94% of youth surveyed reported that recent politics had negatively impacted their mental health and 75% reported experiencing discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity at least o ..read more
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20 Success Stories: Mental Health, Family Reunification, Foster Care and Adoption Support Transform Lives
KVC Health Systems » Child Welfare
by jennykutz
1y ago
Everyone goes through tough times. In fact, 2 out of every 3 people have experienced serious childhood adversity like abuse, neglect, witnessing violence, or having a family member attempt or die by suicide. KVC Health Systems is a family of nonprofit organizations working to strengthen families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and help both children and adults achieve mental health wellness. To that end, we know there is power in people sharing their personal stories of overcoming traumatic and difficult experiences. If you have such a story, sharing it with the appropriate audience and wit ..read more
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Foster Care in America: Realities, Challenges and Solutions
KVC Health Systems » Child Welfare
by julieburdick
2y ago
Whether foster care seems like something you’re called to or your are simply curious to learn more, you’re in the right place. On any given day, nearly 407,000 children are in foster care in America. That includes more than 40,000 children in areas served by KVC Health Systems. The primary goal of foster care is reunification. At KVC, we work toward this goal by helping families with the tools and support they need to function in a healthy way. Foster care provides families space to address challenges until safe reunification is possible. We help foster parents and birth parents work together ..read more
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KVC Health Systems and Emporia State University Launch Data Analytics Research to Benefit Children in Foster Care
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by jennykutz
2y ago
Across every sector, the value of data analytics is skyrocketing. Data analytics can answer important, real-world questions by transforming raw data into insights that influence business decision-making, shape policy, and improve people’s lives. Now, child welfare leader KVC Health Systems and graduate students at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas are working together to unlock the power of data analytics for the state’s most vulnerable children – those served by the child welfare system. Through a new partnership, KVC Health Systems will make its robust historical data available to ..read more
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New KVC Thriving Magazine: Find Out Why KVC Is a Great Place to Work and Read New Success Stories
KVC Health Systems » Child Welfare
by jennykutz
2y ago
The newest issue of KVC Health Systems’ print magazine, Thriving, is now available online here! This late Fall 2021/Winter 2022 issue is packed full of stories about people finding the powerful human connection and help needed to break the cycle of adversity; live happy, healthy lives; and create bright futures. Read below for some of the great content you’ll find inside. Want inspiring, helpful stories delivered to your inbox a few times a month? Subscribe here: COVER STORY – Inside the Heart of KVC: Find Out Why KVC Is a Great Place to Work The Great Resignation has led to a ..read more
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5 Reasons Children Bully and How Parents Can Help
KVC Health Systems » Child Welfare
by julieburdick
2y ago
Bullying is a top concern among parents of school-age children. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, one out of five children reported being bullied during the school year. One in five tweens (ages 9 to 12 years old) report that they’ve been cyberbullied, cyberbullied others, or seen cyberbullying online. Parents hope that their child will never be subjected to such torment. Perhaps even more importantly, parents hope their own child doesn’t become the aggressor and want to understand the reasons children bully. Both children who bully and targets of bullying are at a greater ..read more
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A Helpful Guide to KVC’s Mental Health and Child Welfare Services in Kansas and Missouri
KVC Health Systems » Child Welfare
by jennykutz
2y ago
For more than 50 years, KVC Health Systems has provided heart-centered service to children and families. These services strengthen families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and help both children and adults achieve mental health wellness. As KVC has grown from a volunteer effort to help children in Kansas City, Kansas, to a national leader with 35 locations in the U.S. and best practice training and consultation that stretches around the world, KVC’s presence in its home region of Kansas and Missouri has expanded. If you are wondering what mental health and child welfare services KVC provide ..read more
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