KVC Behavioral HealthCare Inc., Olathe, plans to visit Ottawa and other communities in eastern Kansas during February and March to give interested applicants opportunities to learn more about the organization and potential job opportunities resulting from recently awarded state contracts, according to a news release.

 KVC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves thousands of children and families by providing medical and behavioral healthcare, social services and education, the news release said. Founded in 1970 as Wyandotte House, KVC works to heal the most traumatic cases of childhood abuse and neglect, the release said.

KVC representatives plan to be in Ottawa 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28. Both meetings are scheduled at First Baptist Church, 410 S. Hickory St., Ottawa.

A one-hour presentation will be offered at the start of each gathering, as well as opportunities to meet KVC staff and learn more about the application process, the news release said. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend one of the sessions and check www.kvc.org to view and apply for job openings.

Kansas Department for Children and Families announced in January that KVC was awarded the contracts for reintegration/foster care/adoption services and family preservation services for a 30-county area of eastern Kansas, spanning from Nebraska to Oklahoma, the release said, and includes about 50 percent of all children served in Kansas child welfare.

KVC representatives also said the organization likely would open additional offices to serve the 30-county territory. Those office locations had yet to be determined Monday, a KVC spokesperson said.