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KC agency to take over management of foster care in Wyandotte, Leavenworth and Atchison counties

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Posted at 12:54 PM, Aug 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-29 13:54:44-04

Thursday evening Kansas City, Missouri—based Cornerstones of Care will share its plans to manage Kansas’ foster care program in Atchison, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties.

The organization is inviting anyone interested in the well-being of foster children to attend an informational session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center located at 123 S. Esplanade St. in Leavenworth, Kansas.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families picked Cornerstones of Care to take over the program in those three counties beginning Oct. 1, 2019.

Cornerstones is in the process of opening offices in Leavenworth and Kansas City, Kansas. It will also hire about 150 employees, including case managers, social workers, and therapists.

The agency’s associate director of Kansas programs said Cornerstones' goal will be to find the best ways to keep, or reunite, foster children with their biological families.

“One of the best things to see is a child be re-integrated with their family and to remain with that family. Those natural supports are really irreplaceable,” Kristalle Hedrick said.

Every day, 10 children in Kansas enter foster care.