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Kerri Dixon, family partner and trusted colleague

For more than 20 years, Kerri Dixon has been a social worker for Rainbows’ Specialized Foster Care Program. She is also a Targeted Case Manager for Rainbows’ foster and other families, helping them access other resources. Kerri is a licensed social worker (LBSW) by the State of Kansas. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social […]

Do you have room for a foster child?

At Rainbows, the heart of our mission is to serve children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and it’s imperative that we have families who help us do that. Rainbows’ Foster Care Program specializes in serving children in foster care who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and we need foster homes for these special children. […]

Person-first Language = Dignity and Respect

Person-first Language is a form of speaking and writing that puts the person before their disability or diagnosis. It provides the understanding that they are multifaceted and that their diagnosis or disability is just one aspect of them that contributes to their identity. Person-first language, also referred to as people-first language, is about dignity and […]

Remember the Why

Fostering children with special needs has always been a thought in the back of my mind because my husband’s sister has been doing it almost 20 years. Her kiddos became family. We also felt called to foster children because we believe that it’s right to take care of widows and orphans. When we received our […]

Kerri Dixon honored with Employee Prism Award

Rainbows’ Prism Award was created in 2013 to recognize a Rainbows’ staff member who goes above and beyond their role to create excellence. The criteria for this award are to demonstrate Rainbows’ Guiding Principles, achieve excellence in the role they fulfill for Rainbows; demonstrate leadership; make children and families their highest priority; and represent Rainbows […]

Specialized Foster Care

The Specialized Foster Care program at Rainbows is small, but it serves an important role in serving a special population of Kansas children. Historically, most states struggle when it comes to finding foster families who are willing to accept into their homes children with significant needs due to their IDD diagnosis. Rainbows has been committed […]

May is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, in my search for information I came across the statement “the answer is a parent.” I was struck by this statement for two reasons. The first, I forget how often I take my own parents for granted. Having two adults who love me and care for me and have […]