Topeka, KS (STL.News) Governor Laura Kelly today announced Kansas was selected to join the National Governors Association’s (NGA) Supporting Child and Family Well-Being program. As families and communities face continued uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kansas was one of eight states chosen to join a network that will bring together Governors’ offices, child welfare leaders, state human services and education officials, and nonprofit partners to collaborate on strategies that improve and support child and family well-being.
“The pandemic has affected all Kansans – including our most vulnerable children and families,” Governor Kelly said. “I’m pleased to join this distinguished program so Kansas can become a leading state in building a stronger safety net and ensuring all families have the support and opportunities they need to thrive.”
The states included in the network are: Kansas, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, New York, Virginia and West Virginia.
The 2021 Child and Family Well-Being Learning Cohort was launched by the National Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and Casey Family Programs. Through the end of the year, the network will convene Governor’s office representatives, state human services executives, child welfare leaders, education leaders and others in a collaborative network to coordinate strategic solutions to preventing child abuse and neglect and ensuring child and family well-being.