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Kansas Strengthening Families Plan

Kansas has many efforts underway in both child welfare and early childhood communities to enhance funding and programming to promote healthy child development while also reducing the incidence of child abuse and neglect. This Plan builds on existing efforts and provides a reframing of child abuse and neglect prevention that embeds prevention strategies into existing systems in Kansas. The Plan not only works to prevent child abuse and neglect, but also has a more global focus of strengthening support for all families in Kansas.

The Kansas Strengthening Families Plan began when a team of Kansans competed for a spot in the PREVENT (Preventing Violence Through Education, Networking and Technical Assistance) Institute. This Institute is a training program, funded by the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, that seeks to teach prevention skills to professionals working in governmental and non-profit settings.

The Kansas team facilitated the development of the Kansas Strengthening Families Plan. The KCCTF and the PREVENT Team initiated an extensive planning process to bring together stakeholders from the Child and Family Services Review, the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) network, state agencies, parents, and all other interested parties.

This Plan supports the Kansas Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Plan ( through the goal focused on Family Supports. In alignment with the KECCS Plan, the Kansas Strengthening Families Plan uses a prevention framework that promotes protective factors and minimizes risk factors for all children by bridging a variety of disciplines, agencies, services, and prevention approaches. This Plan embeds the strategies and evidence-based practices that create optimum living and learning environments for young children into the Kansas early childhood infrastructure and service delivery system.

Program Personnel

Chang-Rios, Ph. D., Karin
Title: Assistant Director
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Gillam, Rebecca
Title: Project Coordinator

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