Legislative Advocacy in Kansas

Systemic Change Requires Legislative Reform

Systemic changes must be made to address family hunger, child welfare issues, youth and adult justice, and a loss of integrated voter engagement in Kansas.

Our staff and board members appear before legislators at all levels to educate and motivate decision makers. We also make presentations for like-minded organizations and grassroots movements. Together, we fight for systemic change, so that foster children find safe homes, families have enough to eat, and Kansans can participate fully in a just democracy.

Promoting Just Laws for All of Us

Our board members and staff members work as a whole, utilizing their specialties for a united plan of impact.

  • Data. We research and analyze statistics, target their roots, and craft reports that explain their effects on our state.
  • Solutions. Our team identifies attainable answers and reforms that legislators at all levels can understand and support.
  • Social. We speak with the affected, matching their truths to statistics so that legislators and the public understand the human impact.
  • Political. We appear before legislators to educate and motivate them.
  • Litigation. If education doesn’t move policymakers toward positive results, we turn to litigation for those who suffer under systemic failures.
  • Organization. Our reports connect dots for like-minded organizations and citizens, giving them the tools to help create change in Kansas.

We do all of this with the firm belief that by working together, we can all build a more thriving, inclusive, and just Kansas.


COVID-19 and Hunger in Kansas

This report examines how hunger and hardship in Kansas were impacted by COVID-19, and it explores opportunities for policymakers to respond to hunger not just during the pandemic and its recovery period but in the years to come.

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SOUL Family Legal Permanency Program

In partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, this program was designed by and for young people in foster care to reflect their vision of family and supportive adult networks.

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Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope

Kansas Appleseed is a part of the Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope (SFRH) coalition, an independent coalition formed in 2018 advocating for a better foster care system for Kansas kids. The coalition has convened town halls, produced reports on the status of Kansas’s foster care system, and advocated for statewide reforms. SFRH is comprised of youth who have experienced foster care, foster parents, social workers, and other allies.

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Litigation Partners

The fight to reform our state’s foster care system isn’t just important to Kansans; it is also important across the country. In our 2018 lawsuit (M.B. v. Howard), we partnered with these individuals and organizations to transform the broken foster care system and end years of victimization and trauma for Kansas children.

A Clear Vision of the Future for Kansas

All Kansans should have the resources they need to support themselves and raise healthy families.

All Kansans should be able to participate fully in their communities.

All Kansans benefit from a fair and effective system of justice.

Help Us Advocate for a Better Kansas

Advocacy starts at the grassroots, and it succeeds in the halls of power. Working together, we can build a state full of thriving, inclusive, and just communities for all Kansans.

Contact us about advocacy opportunities. We’ll provide the information, strategies, and motivation to create a supportive system for democracy.

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