Katie Hine, Southeast Kansas Foster Care Treatment (FCT) project coordinator, reports that FCT just received word that the project will continue to receive grant funding from the Kansas Department of Social & Rehabilitation Services for the 2010 fiscal year. Dr. Hine continues, “We are all excited to know that we may continue providing services and supports to families in the 12 counties of southeast Kansas with children who exhibit challenging behavior. Since we opened our first cases in July, 2006 we’ve been able to work with the families, schools and communities for 58 children and youth between 2 and 21 years of age. We have served 33 youth in foster homes, 17 youth in biological family homes, 7 youth in relatives’ homes, 1 youth in an independent living arrangement, and 2 youth in adoptive homes.
Dr. Jerry Rea is the Primary Investigator for the FCT project. Dr. Katie Hine (right) is the Project Coordinator. Sara Major and Roger Stanley are the FCT behavior therapists. Both Roger and Sara are Licensed Masters Level Psychologists, and Sara recently became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Roger and his wife, Brandy, are foster parents and will be welcoming their second biological son (Levi) into the world January 15, 2009. Peggy Gentry is Project Assistant and is responsible for calling each family every day Monday through Friday. On average, Peggy makes just over 145 calls per month to check in on the families and find out what has happened over the last 24 hours. Additionally, FCT employs several hourly Skills Trainers – people who work with the kids according to the written support plan and offer 1-on-1 supervision and training on skills related to recreation, community access, social interaction and adult living.
Our outcome measures have been positive. While receiving FCT services 53% of the youth have remained in the same residential setting. Of the youth who moved, 75% moved to a setting equal to or less restrictive than foster care. Pro-social behavior has increased or maintained for 82% of the 39 youth served for whom sufficient data were available. We’ve served 43 boys and 17 girls. Eighty-five percent of the youth have a mental health diagnosis, and 50% of the youth have a developmental disability.”