K-PARC Support

Parenting is hard work. Retreats, education, and peer support can help.

Advocacy

As an adoptive parent, are you feeling stuck on a case? Have a question about the system? Wishing you had someone at the table on your side? Navigating the child welfare system as you try to serve the best interests of your child can be tricky and overwhelming. K-PARC’s advocacy program is here to help you. Your work parenting a child who has experienced abuse and neglect can be just as tough as it is rewarding. The Advocacy program connects you to foster/adoptive parents and other professionals who’ve been in the trenches of foster care and adoption to help address your specific concerns. We can help manage a crisis but want to help before it reaches that stage. Our advocates listen, educate, and plan with you what steps you can take to get the answers and solutions you need so that you are freed up to give the best possible care to your child. Call on the free support offered by those who’ve been in the trenches of the child welfare system. Our advocates have seen it all!

To fill out the referral form and start getting help today, click here.

Strong and Stable Families Couples Retreats

Strong and Stable Families Couples Retreat is a free, two-day relationship and parent education program that will help you remember why you wanted to be a family! Parenting is hard work. The retreat is an opportunity to have fun with other good-hearted parents like you and learn some new skills to make family life more rewarding. This FREE retreat is for parents who have adopted children from Kansas foster care. Included are all materials, a one-night hotel stay, Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast.

For details about accommodations and dates for upcoming retreats, please see our events calendar.

Parent Study Groups for Adoptive and Kinship Families

Parent Study Groups are currently studying Trust Based Parenting strategies.  This ten-week study session provides education for both parents and children on establishing healthy and nurturing family relationships. The trust based parenting strategy known as TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention) is particularly effective with kids who have experienced trauma.  Youth will have fun learning and playing with a Kids Club buddy during the two-hour group meeting. Kids Club participants will learn the same skills as their parents.  The program is free but space is limited.  To enroll, please see our events calendar.

Peers Supporting Peers

The Kansas Post Adoption Resource Center maintains a list of volunteers who are experienced in raising children from hard places.  These trained adoptive and kinship parents are willing and eager to help new adoptive parents who call with questions or concerns.  K-PARC staff are happy to match new parents to volunteers who have already experienced some of the challenges and joys of parenting kids affected by trauma. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Joni Hiatt at joni.hiatt@fosteradopt.org