We’re glad to hear you felt such good support from colleagues at KVC. Unfortunately, the state foster care system is experiencing a crisis with 45% more children in care. This is the root issue behind the high case loads you experienced. We shared about causes and solutions for this statewide crisis at www.kvc.org/strengthenkansas and www.kvckansas.org/childwelfareinfographic. We are working hard to strengthen employee support and retention. We have also collaborated with our state partner to strengthen the workforce in significant ways in the last two years. We advocated for and secured agreement to allow professionals with equivalent college degrees to fill certain positions to reduce vacancies and turnover, and also secured pay increases for a number of our team members. We continue to collaborate with our new state partner to increase funding for child welfare support so that we can meet the growing need in our communities, thus reducing caseloads and enabling us to pay our valuable employees more for the important work they do to keep children safe. Thank you for the five months you dedicated to helping with that mission. We wish you well in the future.
We are sorry to hear of the negative experience you had. Despite the fact that the state foster care system is experiencing a crisis with 45% more children in care, we still aim to make KVC a great place to work. We shared about causes and solutions for this statewide crisis at www.kvc.org/strengthenkansas and www.kvckansas.org/childwelfareinfographic. We are working hard to strengthen employee support and retention. We have also collaborated with our state partner to strengthen the workforce in significant ways in the last two years. We advocated for and secured agreement to allow professionals with equivalent college degrees to fill certain positions to reduce vacancies and turnover, and also secured pay increases for a number of our team members. We continue to collaborate with our state partner to increase funding for child welfare support so that we can meet the growing need in our communities, as well as pay our valuable employees more for the important work they do to keep children safe. Thank you for the work you did at KVC and we wish you well in the future.
Thank you for sharing your insights as a Family Support Worker at KVC. You are certainly correct in suggesting that flexibility and adaptability are crucial for success in this field. Patience comes in handy as well, as you pointed out, when helping parents and children experiencing emotional situations. We thank you for the important role you play in helping families safely reunite after foster care.
Thank you for sharing your experience working in the vitally important Transportation department of KVC. The children we serve have many places they have to be; court dates, doctor visits, therapy sessions, visitations, etc. Your busy team makes all that possible. Thank you for “going the extra mile” to help kids get the care and services they need to be stronger and more resilient.
Thank you for sharing your observations of working at KVC. You’re right that each office has a slightly different personality, yet our values tie us together as one KVC family working to support each other. We are grateful for your dedication to the families KVC serves. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. I’m sorry to hear about your experience with management. When these situations arise, we ask that our employees report it to Human Resources which allows us an opportunity to investigate and resolve the situation. Having a good work environment is very important to us and we want to ensure all of our employees feel valued for the good work that they do.
At KVC, we make it a priority to ensure our employees are paid properly. In order to ensure everyone’s pay is accurate, we do ask that our employees time in/out properly and report any pay discrepancies to their supervisor and HR / Payroll immediately. They will get the details, research and if an employee is owed money, HR will ensure proper payment is made to the employee based on our payroll payment guidelines.
Thanks for taking the time to write a review as we value your perspective and want to improve. You’ve brought up many topics from compensation and culture, to our values and services, to our state government partner. We appreciate you pointing out that KVC pays its employees competitively, both in terms of salary and benefits. The ability to start work later in the morning is part of our flexible scheduling policy and provides balance to the fact that work often needs to be done in the evenings when families are available. Most employees rate this as one of their favorite aspects of working at KVC. We are sorry to hear you experienced the job as being stressful. We are happy to report that caseloads have been reduced dramatically in the past year due to a contract amendment KVC worked out with the state which allows people with degrees related to social work to be case managers. And we continue to strive for ways to reduce the stress of high caseloads. As we are always looking for ways to improve the employee experience, we would love to hear your thoughts on which trainings, specifically, you feel were just fluff, if you would like to reach out to us offline at 913-322-4900. Please note that DCF is not a part of KVC, but rather a branch of the state government.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts here on working at KVC. We’re glad you found it a good place to work overall. It certainly is fast-paced work at times, and vital for the safety of children in our state. Thank you for your part in all that. As an organization dedicated to innovation in the child welfare system, we do constantly strive to identify areas that can be improved, and partner with all parties involved to streamline processes wherever possible.
We appreciate you sharing your experience of working at our KVC Prairie Ridge hospital. It is challenging, as a health care organization, to balance the needs of the children we serve with the needs of each member of our valuable direct care team, in order to prevent burnout. But KVC strives, in all instances, to find that healthy balance. We are grateful for your service to the kiddos and your support of the staff and the difficult, but rewarding work they all do.
We’re sorry to hear about the experience you had. Providing excellent support to foster parents is critical to our mission of helping children and families. We would like the opportunity to learn more about your situation so we can make targeted improvements. Please call (913) 499-8100 and ask to speak to the Child Placing Agency (CPA) Director for your county.
Thank you for sharing your perspective. As a current employee, I encourage you to bring your concerns about pay, training, appreciation and management to your supervisor or to HR at HR@kvc.org, as that is the only way to affect change for the better. KVC’s compensation is comparable to other child welfare organizations in the state and enhanced by a robust benefits package. Leaders deeply appreciate employees at all levels and trainings are provided as an often-requested professional development benefit. Please reach out to your supervisor or to HR with your concerns so we can learn from your perspective and better support you.
Neither Indeed nor employers like KVC delete or otherwise censor reviews. You can see we have a mix of positive, neutral and negative reviews, and we actively look for ways to make improvements based on each review. KVC is an ethical, values-driven nonprofit organization. We’re sorry that you felt a lack of support and left the organization. We highly encourage current employees to reach out to their supervisor or to HR to help address any specific questions or needs.
Thank you for your feedback. Although, as a current employee, I would highly recommend bringing your concerns to hospital leadership or HR so they can clarify any policy ambiguity that concerns you. Hospital units are, indeed, moving to 12-hour shifts for a variety of reasons, such as offering better care to clients by operating under a medical model that is common in other hospitals, providing employees more time to practice self-care and avoid fatigue by working four 12 hour shifts rather and five 8+ hours shifts. This model also provides more stability for clients due to less staff changes throughout the day. These changes are not being forced onto anyone, as all employees were informed well in advance of the coming changes and allowed to request transfer, if they so choose, to residential units where 8-hour shifts remain in practice. Cleanliness in the hospital is a priority and our housekeeping team works diligently to maintain high standards, with visual inspections performed regularly and results reviewed by the Safety Management Committee.
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on working at KVC. You do such important work in caring for children who have experienced trauma. We know it can be stressful, but the kids need compassionate, dedicated people like yourself to help them build resilience and strength. Thank you for your efforts. You are a treasure and we are fortunate to have you onboard.
Thank you for sharing your impressions of KVC, and we wish you well in your next endeavor. KVC’s compensation is actually on par with other similar nonprofits. It’s true though that funding and compensation are limited in the child welfare field. That’s why KVC is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to augment our employees’ compensation. I am sorry that you, personally, experienced a lack of work/life balance in your time with KVC. As an organization, we do stress the importance of self-care with our employees and encourage the practice of setting boundaries with our time. This allows our staff to care for their own families, as well as the families and children we serve. Management is an important part of conveying that message to their teams. KVC recognizes that some people are natural managers, while others need opportunities to build those skills. I’m happy to report that HR is rolling out a new management training program for all KVC employees in management positions. Soon all staff will benefit from their increased skills and ability to lead and nurture the valuable employees who are doing such important work with children and families.
Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts here. KVC is, in fact, filled with many wonderful, mission-driven folk who get up every morning wanting to help people. In child welfare there are many reasons for the high rate of attrition, which is common in this field in every state across the country. It would appear that you did work in one of the more challenging areas of the state, due in large part to the considerable distances required to travel in reaching clients in that territory. KVC regularly adapts staffing needs based on a number of factors such as demand for services, available talent and the need to make the best use of limited funding resources for our work. In short there are any number of reasons your former position may not have been filled. We thank you for the time and commitment you shared working with the children and families of southeast Kansas and wish you well in your current endeavors.
Thank you for sharing your initial impressions of KVC. We are delighted to have you aboard the team. Be sure to utilize the support and guidance of your supervisors as you get more and more familiar with your new job. That’s what they’re there for and they will do their best to ensure you swim, not sink.
While KVC does offer a very generous benefits package to our employees, tuition reimbursement is not within our budget at this time. However, you may be interested in checking out the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). You can find more information about it at https://www.forgetstudentloandebt.com/student-loan-relief-programs/non-profit-student-loan-forgiveness/
Thank you for sharing your experience at KVC. I’m sorry that you felt unsupported at times. The work we do can be draining, no doubt. But it is also so important to the children and families we serve. We thank you for the time you invested at KVC. To improve our employees’ experience at KVC, we continually strive to improve modes of training and communication to ensure that all managers and supervisors are well prepared to support our valuable frontline employees. We wish you well in the future.
Thank you for sharing your impressions of KVC. One can encounter a certain amount of stress and change working in a child welfare nonprofit. Through the efforts of dedicated employees like you, KVC constantly works to find innovative solutions to challenging situations because, at the heart of it all, we know that people matter. Thank you for being part of that mission.
Thank you so much for sharing your insights. As you know, the heart of our work is helping people, especially the children. KVC relies on dedicated, mission-driven individuals like yourself to work with families and children authentically and compassionately toward the goal of seeing every person safe and connected to a strong family and a healthy community. We are grateful for your contribution to this vital effort and your patience and steadiness in the face of sometimes very trying circumstances. Thank you for doing what you do, for recognizing that people matter, and for staying the course and being part of the solution to a very big challenge.