KANSAS: Early in 2021, four siblings entered foster care. Previously the children lived with their mother, who had been arrested for selling drugs; the children later disclosed physical abuse. The children initially avoided separation with a temporary placement with a maternal aunt. Because of limited resources and her own growing family, their aunt committed to caring for only the two older children.
At the time of removal, the children’s mother revealed the names of the children’s four different fathers without further contact information. Using the Connect Our Kids technology platform, a child welfare advocate found homes for the two youngest children. The second youngest has moved in with her paternal grandmother. The youngest child has reunited with her biological father, who had been very involved in her life before her placement in foster care.
All four children are now living with biological relatives with the support of extended family members. This story may have had a different outcome if not for the diligence of committed child welfare professionals conducting diligent searches and making positive connections.
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