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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Saint Francis expands services

  • Saint Francis Community Services was recently selected to deliver the family preservation services in North Central to North Eastern Kansas (Region 3) by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.


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  • Saint Francis Community Services was recently selected to deliver the family preservation services in North Central to North Eastern Kansas (Region 3) by the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

    Saint Francis will provide family preservation services to hundreds of families from Salina, Ellsworth, Manhattan, Topeka, Atchison and other communities. In addition, Saint Francis will continue to provide family preservation and foster care reintegration services in Region 4, serving Hutchinson, Russell, Colby, Dodge City, Liberal and the communities of central and western Kansas.

    Saint Francis will add offices in several communities and will hire new supervisors, therapists, case managers, and licensed mental health practitioners to meet the requirements of the new contract.

    “The goal of family preservation is to maintain children and parent relationships, while keeping the children safe,” said the Rev. Edward W. Fellhauer, president of Saint Francis Community Services. “We are proud of the work we do with at-risk families and look forward to serving more families throughout Kansas.”

    Saint Francis Community Services has provided residential care, family preservation, foster care reintegration, drug and alcohol counseling, adoption and a continuum of care to thousands of at-risk families and children since 1945.

    Family preservation services are short-term, intense family-based services designed to assist families in crisis as they cope with significant stresses that interfere with the parents’ ability to nurture their children.

    The Saint Francis family preservation services are designed to improve parenting and family functioning while keeping children safe.

    The family preservation model recognizes children thrive with a safe and stable family.

    If problems within the family can be addressed quickly and as early as possible, there is a better chance of keeping the family together.

    Family preservation services are most often provided to those families where serious parent-child conflict has been reported.

    These services build upon the conviction that many children can be safely protected and treated within their own homes when the parents are provided with services and support.

    After an initial assessment, Saint Francis connects parents with other community and social networks to support and empower them with long-term, lasting support.

    Saint Francis staff continue to monitor family functioning for the life of the case.

    The goal of family preservation services is to solve problems early-on to keep children with their families.

    In some situations when the parents are not able to meet the safety and care needs of the child, these families are referred to the Saint Francis Foster Care/Reintegration program which provides out-of-home services.

    Saint Francis Community Services — a donor-supported child welfare provider embracing the Episcopal tradition of service — has been operating since 1945.

    Saint Francis serves more than 2,000 children and families through family preservation and foster care reintegration services; their foster care homes and adoption programs; supervised living; residential care; community outreach services; drug and alcohol counseling; Atchison Lodge (conference and camp facility); and outpatient mental health services.

    For more information about the Saint Francis Community Services programs, visit www.st-francis.org or call (785) 825-0541.

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