Kansas DCF drops contract with St. Francis in Sedgwick County

Department announces new contracts for foster care services

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February 20, 2024 - 2:46 PM

DCF officials announced new managed care contracts Monday, Feb. 19. Photo by Sam Bailey/Kansas Reflector

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Children and Families has announced new contracts for foster care services in the state. St. Francis Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit accused of financial mismanagement, will not have its contract renewed in Sedgwick County, which accounts for approximately 20% of children in care statewide.

EmberHope will replace Saint Francis Ministries in the area starting in July. The new contracts will be in place from July 1 to June 30, 2028. DCF Secretary Laura Howard said EmberHope would work to support children and families in the area. 

“We believe our contracted partners are committed to a practice model that guides team members to engage families and create lifetime support networks,” Howard said. 

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