Local Family Highlights the Need for More Foster Parents in Kansas

May is recognized as National Foster Care Month

Salina, Kansas – There are approximately 6,900 children in foster care in Kansas. Through no fault of their own, children are placed daily in out of home care. There are manyKansas children in need of a temporary, loving place to call home. May is National Foster Care Month and is a great time to highlight the need for more foster parents in local communities. TFI especially needs foster parents willing to accept teenagers and sibling groups into their home.

Fortunately, it is now easier than ever to become a foster parent. With the ability of virtual learning, TFI is offers a one-on-one class, Deciding Together, for those interested in becoming foster parents.

We also still offer in-person foster parent classes, so we have different formats to meet each individual’s needs.

One local resident, Donna Craig, made the decision to open up her heart and home to Kansas children in need by becoming a foster parent when her own granddaughter and great-grandson found themselves entering the foster care system.

“I did not want my granddaughter and great-grandson going away, so I decided to bring them home and foster them. I had a very rough childhood. I was raised by a single mother who worked two jobs and things were very tough. Becoming a foster parent has been one of the best decisions of my life. It’s so rewarding when my former foster kids still keep in touch and come to see me and still call me mom,” said Craig.

There are numerous ways you can help support children in foster care. If you are interested in learning about how you can make a difference by becoming a foster parent, please contact us at 833-7FOSTER. If you would like to help, but are unable to become a foster parent, you can make a donation to support children in foster care, by visiting us online at www.tfifamily.org/donations/.


TFI is a leading child welfare agency providing experience, compassion, quality services and care. We provide various types of services in the community and have over 50 years of experience in providing child welfare services including foster care services, group home care, case management, independent living, psychiatric residential treatment center, behavioral health, adoption services, visitation services, and aftercare services.