From its conception, Kansas Family Advisory Network continues to incorporate the six guiding principles from the Family Centered Systems of Care into every service KFAN’s offers. These guiding principles are;
Family Network Groups gives birth parents the opportunity to share their cases with the Department for Children and Families as well as with the local Child Welfare Contractors with hopes to share their stories and work towards amicable solutions. The County Family Network meetings are led by a representative of KFAN. This meeting is designed for family clients of KFAN.
Family Summits allows for birth, foster and kinship parents as well as youth who have aged out of the system to meet and discuss issues and concerns common to these families with experience interacting with the child welfare system. Family Summits also allows the community partners to work together to help bridge the gap between birth, foster and kinship parents and help foster the shared parenting concepts. Family Summits are held around the state in order to hear and learn the concerns as well as the successes these families have experenced.
The family guide notebook is an organizational tool to assist families in navigating the child welfare system. Each notebook provide sections that allow families to keep information about their children, the names and numbers of all the different people involved in their child’s case, a place to keep all of their legal court documents and case plan information, a section for their documentation of phone calls and a calendar for upcoming appointments and meetings and acronyms and definitions frequently used in child welfare.
Choices for Parents is an excellent parenting training that focuses on the 4 C’s;
Challenge yourself to stop and think, Consider positive and negative consequences, Choose the best option for you and Commit yourself to learn from past choices.
Version I discusses – How to make a decision, values, attitudes, peer and family pressure, responsibility and goals.
Version II discusses - Who’s all affected by the decision – parent, family, friends, influential people, your world and what you make it.
BFNS are meetings designed to give birth parents and kinship families whho have never been involved with the child welfare system the opportunity to come and learn more about the system and the numerous people involved in their case, learn about available community based services and community resources they may need to assist them in receiving the assistance available to them. BFNS helps to answer any questions families may have. Meetings are held around the state for your convenience.