Kansas Child Welfare Summit: A Collaborative Approach to Enhance and Empower the Child Welfare System

By Trish Svoboda

The Kansas Child Welfare Summit serves as a way for state and local leaders, as well as partners in child welfare justice, to collaborate and enhance the child welfare system.

The summit will host speakers who will concentrate on measures that child welfare associates can implement to enhance the existing permanency process and empower families, youth, and young adults in Kansas who are under state custody. In addition, individuals with firsthand experience in the child welfare system will share their insights.

Over 700 individuals from Kansas have signed up for both in-person and virtual participation. Approximately one-third of these attendees will be part of teams from judicial districts, put together by chief judges to represent their specific communities within Kansas.

Throughout the summit, teams from the judicial districts will develop action plans outlining specific measures that partners in child welfare can use for sustained enhancement in the field of child welfare. The team members represent roles in child welfare such as prosecutors, contracted case management providers, law enforcement, and more.

A committee comprising representatives from the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of state government organized the summit, set to take place Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 16 at the Townsite Avenue Ballroom in Topeka.

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