Lawsuit says 4-year-old was injured in care of Kansas foster care contractor KVC

A lawsuit filed Jan. 27 in Wyandotte County District Court accuses an Olathe nonprofit of harming a young child while they were in foster care.

KVC Behavioral Healthcare Inc., a foster care contractor for the state of Kansas, is being sued on allegations that it is responsible for injuries inflicted on a now 4-year-old child while they were in foster care, according to court documents.

In an application for the court’s approval of a minor settlement, the nonprofit denied any liability for the alleged harm.

Following requests for comment on the pending lawsuit, Jenny Kutz, a spokeswoman for the agency, said:

“KVC Kansas’ priority is each child’s safety and well-being... Our hope is for every child we serve to be safe and healthy and to grow up in a loving family.”

The behavioral health care program is provided through KVC Kansas, an Olathe-based subsidiary of the larger child welfare organization KVC Health Systems.

As it stands, KVC Kansas has the largest number of licensed foster care families in the state, Kutz said.

KVC Kansas specializes in in-home family care therapy, foster care, adoption, youth substance abuse treatment and has children’s psychiatric hospitals in Kansas and four other states.

In 2015, the health system expanded its Olathe headquarters to include wellness and simulation rooms and an interactive family center to streamline the adoption process.

The nonprofit also supports adults looking to become foster parents through training sessions. The organization offers multiple programs focused on supporting children’s mental and physical health in foster care.

The petition, which would list the complaints against the nonprofit, was not publicly available at the courthouse. A clerk at the Wyandotte County Civil Department was unable to find the document in the court system and suggested that it had not been filed by the plaintiff’s attorney.

The plaintiff’s attorney was not immediately available to comment on Wednesday.

Only documents detailing an application for the order of court approving minor settlement, an objection to the settlement hearing and a motion over whether the child’s adoptive paternal grandmother or the child’s mother should represent the minor in the lawsuit, were accessible through the court system.

Both parties are hoping the court will reach a confidential settlement, according to the application for approval of the settlement.