Case Management

TFI Family Services, Inc. is a grantee for the DCF Foster Care, Reintegration and Adoption Case Management Services grants, for 26 counties in South East and South Central Kansas. Starting on 10/1/19, when children are removed from their homes by the courts in Kansas, they are placed into DCF custody, and referred to TFI in these counties for case management services. TFI Family Services will work with children and their parents towards addressing the risk and safety issues that led to the removal, with the goal of returning the children home safely and quickly. For children who cannot return home, TFI will work towards a timely adoption or other permanency.

Case Management Grantee Area Map

Family Reunification

We believe every child should have a childhood where they are nurtured body, mind and soul; are safe, protected and loved; and have hopes, dreams and opportunities. Unfortunately, there are times when a child’s parents coping skills are overwhelmed, and they are not able to meet their child’s needs. In these situations, it becomes necessary for the courts to temporarily remove the child from their home. Usually, it is in the child’s best interest to be reunified back with their parents as quickly as possible when the parent’s situation stabilizes. TFI strives to ensure children safely return home within 12 months of removal.

While children are in out of home care, TFI looks for relatives or family members who the child knows and loves who would be willing and able to care for the children while the parents are working towards completing the tasks to get the children back home.

Relative/Kinship Care

TFI has a long history of successful outcomes in placing children with their relatives or family friends (aka non-related kinship care) while their parents are unable to care for them. The loving families provide a home that is more familiar to the child, and decreases the trauma the child and parents both experience from the child being removed from their home. Finding caregiving relatives, family friends, teachers or neighbors is one of the first priorities for TFI when a child is referred for case management services. If you know of a child that you want to provide a home for, or support to the family, please call us at 800-279-9914.

Aftercare

TFI offers 6 months of aftercare support services to families achieves permanency through reintegration, permanency custodianship or adoption, as well as teens who leave DCF custody though independent living services. A case manager is assigned to each child in aftercare, and case management services are provided to ensure the safety and stability of the child in that home. The case manager connects the family with community services including medical or behavioral health services, education or legal assistance.

Behavioral Health

A recent Kansas stakeholder survey found the number one barrier identified to positive child welfare outcomes is Parental Substance Abuse, and the number three barrier identified was Child Behavior Problems. (KS Strong Fact Sheet, 2019) To address these issues, TFI offers two services, Kansas PMTO and Substance Abuse Counseling services.

Kansas PMTO

Kansas PMTO is an evidence-based parent training program developed over 40 years and proven to help parents strengthen their families. It is also known as Generation PMTO or Parent Management Training-Oregon model. The program is rated as level 1 (well-supported by research evidence) with a high relevance to child welfare on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.

TFI serves on the Kansas PMTO Steering Committee and the international PMTO fidelity rating team, known as FIMP International.

Numerous studies have been conducted demonstrating the effectiveness of PMTO in Kansas (see Akin et al. research studies and Kansas Intensive Permanency Project Team Celebrates Fourth Year).

The goals of Kansas PMTO are:

  • Improving parenting practices.
  • Reducing family coercion.
  • Reducing and preventing internalizing and externalizing behaviors in youth.
  • Reducing and preventing substance use and abuse in youth.
  • Reducing and preventing delinquency and police arrests in youth.
  • Reducing and preventing out-of-home placements in youth.
  • Reducing and preventing deviant peer association in youth.
  • Increasing academic performance in youth.
  • Increasing social competency in youth.
  • Increasing peer relations in youth.
  • Promoting reunification of families with youth in care.

Providing PMTO to families whose children are at risk of entering the foster care system will allow many Kansas children to remain safely at home, without the trauma of being separated from their families.

Substance Abuse Counseling

TFI provides Substance Abuse Counseling services to help fill the gap in these services in local community services. Parents and children may receive an assessment and counseling services to address their substance abuse. Referrals for this service are available by calling ____________________.

Adoption through Foster Care

When children cannot safely return to their parents, adoptive families provide a safe, loving and nurturing “forever” home. Hundreds of children in Kansas are currently waiting for a forever home, and you can meet some of these children on the AdoptKSKids website. Most children who are adopted through TFI and in the state of Kansas are adopted by their foster parent or a relative who has been providing care.

The greatest need for permanent, loving homes is for older children and sibling groups. TFI believes there is a home for every child, and TFI works to locating and selecting the best possible family for a child, rather than finding a child for a specific family.

Home Study Fees:

  • Home Study $1,800
  • Home Study Update (TFI) $450
  • Home Study Update (non-TFI) $950
  • Addendum (visit required) $250
  • Addendum (no visit) $150
  • Home Study Review $100
  • Other services also available.

Adoption Expenses Disclosure

Our International Adoption procedures may be found here.

The children available for adoption through TFI are usually:

  • Age 10 and older
  • Part of a sibling set of three or more who needs to be adopted together
  • Have unique needs

While young children and babies do enter state custody, our first goal is to try and safely reunite the child with his or her birth parents. If reunification is not possible, relatives and familiar caregivers are the next best choice to care for them.

Every child deserves a family to provide them with love, protection, and support. Through no fault of their own, children of all ages, including teens and sibling groups, are waiting for permanent homes and a forever family. Adopting a child is a life-changing experience and the first step is having an open heart and home.

Adoption is a process and a successful adoption is a collaborative effort between all the significant individuals involved in the child’s life, which includes social services, the legal community and in some cases, the child’s natural family.

Steps to take to become an adoptive family:

  • Complete a Foster Care Application.
  • Take the state required PS-MAPP Training (Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting).
  • Pass criminal background checks.
  • Participate in specialized assessment/home study of the family in order to match the family with a child they are best suited to parent.
  • At this point, a family may choose to become a licensed Foster Care home to ‘foster to adopt’, although not a requirement.

When a family is selected to become a child’s adoptive parents, TFI provides the family with a full array of services which include:

  • Pertinent and extensive information about the child’s history
  • Preparation to meet the child
  • On-going visitation until the child is placed in the home
  • Planning the transition of the child into the home
  • Support through the legalization of the adoption
  • Continued support for the family and child in the year following the legal finalization of the adoption

Please consider adopting children with no place to call home. Josh Shipp says that “Every child is one caring adult away from a being a success story.” Won’t you consider being that caring adult?

To contact us for more information, please call 800-279-9914 or feel free to email us at [email protected].

Adults who want to open their hearts and homes to children by making a lifetime commitment. There are no barriers as to family composition to become an adoptive family. An adoptive family can be a two parent or one parent home in which the parent(s) are 21 or older.

Adults who want to open their hearts and homes to children by making a lifetime commitment. There are no barriers as to family composition to become an adoptive family. An adoptive family can be a two parent or one parent home in which the parent(s) are 21 or older.

Every person living in the home 10 and older must pass criminal background checks, as well as personal reference checks. The family must successfully complete the PS-MAPP Training and a detailed family assessment. The house must provide an adequate and safe space for the children.

Children who need adoptive homes come in all ages, races and with varying degrees of special needs. The greatest need for adoptive families are those who want to care for children over ten years old and for sibling groups.

Sometimes through community involvement, such as school, church, scouting, sports, families develop a relationship with a child who is available for adoption. In this situation, the family needs to contact TFI to express their interest in the particular child. Families who know the child go through the same approval process as families who do not know the child.

Keeping children connected to their family is a priority with TFI Family Services, Inc. Family members are highly encouraged to express their interest in adopting by contacting the child’s case manager.

As part of ongoing efforts to improve the lives of children and families, TFI Family Services, Inc. recognizes the need for flexibility of options in building forever families. Thus, TFI is now offering Hague- and IAAME-accredited international home study services. IAAME is International Adoption Accrediting and Maintenance Entity that has been given the authority under the Secretary to accredit agencies or approve persons for providing services in the United States for the purposes of intercountry adoption cases. To find out more Information about IAAME, you may visit their website.

TFI Family Services has been working to strengthen families since 1965 and recognizes children all over the world are waiting for a forever family. TFI is excited to provide services to families that would assist them in adopting children from other countries.

TFI’s experienced staff is dedicated to working with adoptive parents and primary providers to provide the most thorough home studies, assessments, and post-placement reporting of your home. As questions arise during the adoption process, staff can research articles, trainings, tips on financing and other resources to answer questions.

Adoption is a very special time for families and TFI appreciates the opportunity to assist families in the remarkable journey of international adoption. If you are interested in a home study service to facilitate an international adoption, please call 800-279-9914 or feel free to email us at [email protected]
Each country, including the U.S. has individual requirements for adoptive parent eligibility.

Basic eligibility includes:

  • At least one applicant must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • If the applicant is unmarried, he or she must be at least 25 years of age.
  • If the applicant is married, he or she must jointly adopt the child (even if the couple is separated but not divorced), and the spouse must also be either a U.S. citizen or in legal status in the United States.
  • The applicant(s) must meet certain requirements that will determine their suitability as prospective adoptive parent(s), including criminal background checks, fingerprinting and a home study.

TFI will assist each family throughout the selection process for eligibility verification for both general and country specific requirements.

The cost of international adoption services provided by TFI Family Services, Inc.