Juvenile Justice Foster Care

About JJFC

Adolescence is a tough time under the best of circumstances. Some young people make poor decisions, and those decisions can lead to placement in juvenile custody. Juvenile Justice Foster Care (JJFC) is specific to court-involved youth that focuses on reintegrating youth into their community. While helping youth decrease their participation in illegal/inappropriate behaviors, we show them paths to productive community involvement.

Juvenile Justice Foster Parents provide specialized, skilled care to young people ages 10-22 in the custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC). Fully supported by the KDOC, the Kansas Department for Children and Families CPA and Residential Facility Division (DCF), and Saint Francis, foster parents provide JJFC youth with the structure, attention, and guidance they need to turn their lives around.

About JJFC

What JJFC Parents Are Saying

“We have the ability to help change futures. How awesome is that? We can help them realize their potential and discover the rewards that come from good choices. It’s like planting a garden and watching it grow."

-- Patti Craghead, JJFC parent


“I’ve seen firsthand how consistent structure, caring, and accountability make a difference in the lives of youth in my home. It gives me a solid sense of accomplishment to see them change their thinking, make good choices, and better their lives. Foster parenting is never easy, but it’s always well worth the effort.”

-- Michael Lower, JJFC parent

Eligibility To Foster JJFC Youth

Can I Foster JJFC Youth?

Eligibility starts with your sincere desire to help a young person get back on track towards a meaningful and productive life.

Beyond that, we ask that you:

  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • Complete 30 hours of free pre-service training (TIPS MAPP) and 12 hours of free Cognitive Behavioral Training before your first placement.
  • Pass criminal background checks.
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Have an outside source of income other than foster care reimbursement.
  • Own or rent your residence that meets all state regulations.
  • Be willing to work as part of a professional team serving youth in your care.


  • Saint Francis staff reviews the youth’s case record with you prior to placement and answers any questions you might have. In some cases, you even have the opportunity to interview the young person. In all cases, you have the right to refuse placement.
  • Youth in your care are held accountable for their behavior by the KDOC and the court, providing added motivation on the youth’s part to act responsibly and cooperatively.
  • You receive full support from Saint Francis, KDOC, and the court. Saint Francis provides weekly home visits and around-the-clock availability in case of emergency or if you just need to talk.
  • You receive free initial and ongoing training to give you all the tools and skills you need to be an effective and knowledgeable foster parent.
  • JJFC parents are paid $50 a day (tax free), a higher rate than that provided through standard foster care.
Benefits of Being A Juvenile Justice Foster Parent

Further Benefits of JJFC

More Information About JJFC

  • Medical cards for JJFC youth
  • Regular newsletters with helpful articles
  • One-on-one support provided by Saint Francis staff
  • Online resources and support with easily accessible tools and training designed exclusively for Saint Francis foster parents

Regardless of age or past mistakes, every youth in foster care deserves the chance for a happy, fulfilling, and productive life. And given that chance, most work hard to earn it if they have an adult in their life who believes in them. Never underestimate the power you have to transform a life, simply by caring, supporting, and connecting with another. At Saint Francis, we see it happen every day.

Contact Us

You can make all the difference in the world in the life of a young person. Learn how to begin by calling 855.539.2799.

JJFC Program Manager

Vanessa Roybal

JJFC Case Coordinator

Tamera DelaCruz

JJFC Case Coordinator

Ashley Perez

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