Kansas drive provides gifts to youth formerly in foster care

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Dozens of young people who aged out of the Kansas foster care system are receiving holiday present through a state agency's gift drive.

The state Department for Children and Families says its annual drive raised more than $4,000 in money and gift cards while also providing wish lists. The department said 229 young people formerly in the foster care system received gifts.

The department works with about 750 young adults from foster care, ages 18 through 26, to provide support to help them be self-reliant adults. DCF officials said many of them go without traditional holiday celebrations and gifts from loved ones, and the agency's goal is to remind them they are not alone.

The Hope for the Holidays drive began in 2006 in DCF’s Manhattan office and has since spread across the state.

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