Annie E. Casey Foundation President and CEO, Patrick T. McCarthy, Provides Keynote Address at KVC Health Systems Annual Meeting

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Patrick McCarthy will speak at KVC Health Systems' Annual Meeting on October 15, 2013.

“KVC is one of the best child welfare agencies in the country and the field will continue to benefit from their cutting-edge practices to improve outcomes for children and families," said McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy, President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation of Baltimore, Maryland, will provide the keynote address at the KVC Health Systems annual meeting on Tuesday, October 15, 8:00 a.m., at the Ball Conference Center in Olathe, Kansas. McCarthy will also be recognized as the 2013 KVC Everyday Hero award recipient for his work in improving child welfare systems across the country.

“Public and private providers must employ the most up-to-date best practices and approaches to keep children safe. They must address children’s developmental needs, including the effects of maltreatment-related trauma, and maintain family relationships, including meeting each child’s need for a lifelong family,” says McCarthy.

Recognizing KVC’s leadership role in improving child welfare outcomes, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has identified KVC as a best-practice organization. Significant KVC achievements this past year include:

  •     Creation of the NYU-KVC Midwest Trauma Training Center, partnering with Dr. Glenn Saxe, Director of the NYU Child Study Center and founder of Trauma Systems Therapy (TST);
  •     Partnering with Netsmart, healthcare software and information technology experts, to launch state-of-the art electronic medical records at KVC’s behavioral healthcare hospitals;
  •     Securing a new contract from the Kansas Department of Children and Family Services, to support 50 percent of children served through child welfare.

“It is a privilege for the Annie E. Casey Foundation to partner with KVC,” continues McCarthy. “KVC is one of the best child welfare agencies in the country and the field will continue to benefit from their cutting-edge practices to improve outcomes for children and families.”

Patrick McCarthy will speak on Family, Community, and Opportunity: Improving the Futures of Disadvantaged Children by Meeting their Needs Today. Media is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Mindy McDermott, 913.488.3925.

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About KVC Health Systems, Inc.
KVC Health Systems, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enriches and enhances the lives of children and families by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services, and education. In its 43 year history, KVC has grown since from a single home for boys in Kansas to a national organization serving 25,000 children in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Due to KVC’s leadership in the use of evidence-based research to achieve better outcomes and advance child welfare, the Annie E. Casey Foundation recently endorsed KVC as a best-practice organization. Learn more at http://www.kvc.org.

About the Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization whose primary mission is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. It is one of the largest private foundations in the nation, with assets of more than $2.3 billion. The Foundation provides about $190 million in grants each year and is ranked among the top philanthropies for charitable giving. Established in 1948 by Jim Casey, one of the founders of UPS, the Foundation’s primary mission is to foster public policies, human services, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of vulnerable children and families.

About the KVC Everyday Hero Award
Each year KVC recognizes an individual or organization who has played a significant role in the history, growth and development of KVC and has made an outstanding contribution in the area of child welfare. Past recipients include Governor Bill Graves, the J.E. Dunn Family, Senator Robert Dole and most recently, Dr. Glenn Saxe. Patrick McCarthy will be KVC’s 43rd Everyday Hero award recipient.

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