Kansas Legal Services 2021 Annual Report

In 2021, Kansas Legal Services provided life-changing services in the following ways:

1,012 Victims of domestic violence have been granted final orders of protection from abuse, through the representation of a KLS attorney and funded through a variety of sources, including funding from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), including the stability of 606 children.

249 Adults and children received stable monthly income from Social Security or SSI disability benefits, injecting more than $1.146 million into the Kansas economy.

2,971 Kansans filled out divorce forms through the free legal forms page on the KLS website, which offers 28 sets of legal forms.

1,389 Veterans or their families received legal advice or representation.

258 Clients received legal assistance in expunging a criminal conviction or arrest, 505 people used online forms to represent themselves in the expungement process.

466 Cases were mediated over employment or family issues.

44 The Kansas families got a fresh financial start following a bankruptcy filed by KLS offices, resulting in $4.9 million in debt relief.

197 Families responded to their child’s special needs through applications for disability benefits and children’s health insurance, funded by the Kansas Department of Children and Families.

257 Kansas families have received specialized help keeping children out of foster care through Kansas Legal Services‘ Kids2Kin program to promote permanency for Kansas children.

2,037 Hours of legal services provided free of charge to 326 clients of 88 private lawyers, through the KLS pro bono program.

552 Parents received child support orders in divorce and paternity cases, represented by KLS staff, for 1,116 children.

49 Lawyers provide effective and high quality legal advocacy for low-income Kansans.

5,751 Hours were dedicated by 29 law school volunteers to meet the legal needs of 1,439 KLS clients, preparing them to continue to give back in their careers on a pro bono basis.

9,788 Clients received timely legal advice as they faced family law, housing, consumer or other crises in their lives.

30,840 Candidates for the KLS service, including 22,599 supported by the Central Reception Center.

12,823 Applicants completed the online application form to make an initial request for services.

1,992 Unrepresented individuals had their questions answered via the live chat feature on the KLS website.

372 302 Unique visitors to the KLS website (each counted once) with 944,450 page views (a 10% increase over 2021) at www.kansaslegalservices.org

$118,390 Donated to KLS by legal community supporters of our work.

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