Direct Behavioral Health Care

A membership program for children and youth impacted by the child welfare system.

In partnership with FosterAdopt Connect, developmental pediatrician Dr. Michele Kilo brings responsive medical care for developmental, behavioral, and mental health issues to Kansas City area foster and adopted children. The design of this practice allows Dr. Kilo to spend the time needed to get to know the children and teens' medical and familial history, their history of trauma, and the individual needs of the child within the context of the family which they are being loved and nurtured. This comprehensive approach allows Dr. Kilo to form a holistic view of each patient as she works through issues which include:

        • diagnosis
        • school environment
        • learning and behavioral accommodations
        • medication management
        • and more.

This new monthly membership program is reasonably priced through a sliding scale based on taxable income (foster care and adoption subsidies are excluded). While this health membership does not accept insurance, prescriptions and other treatment done by referral would follow the child’s normal insurance coverage. We’re excited to offer this opportunity to foster and adoptive families because it gives parents increased access and responsiveness to their children’s mental health provider. It also gives parents the flexibility to bring all children to the doctor at the same time!

Monthly Membership Fees

The monthly membership fee is based on a family's taxable income. It does not include foster care or adoption subsidies.

  • Maximum total monthly family fee is $300.
  • 10% discount after the first child.
  • No cancellation fees.
  • Must notify FosterAdopt Connect in writing of wish to cancel to avoid the next month's charge.


Appointments are scheduled every Wednesday at the FosterAdopt Connect Independence office located at

18600 E 37 Terrace South
Independence, MO 64057

Contact Marina Olson to schedule at marina@fosteradopt.org. Be sure to ask about scheduling all children on one day!

InTake Forms

To speed up the first appointment, please print and complete the new patient intake form for every child seeking care.

Dr. Michele Kilo

Michele graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine in 1984 and remained in Kansas City for her Residency in General Pediatrics and Fellowship in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, both at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Immediately upon completion of her fellowship, Dr. Kilo became Chief of the Section of Developmental Medicine and Psychology. The Section was renamed as the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Sciences in 2010, and Michele continued as Division Director. In her 27 years of leading pediatric developmental, behavioral and mental health services, Michele is most proud of the unique model of collaboration between Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Clinical and Behavioral Psychology, and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics that she created and has staunchly supported. In 1996 these specialties were merged from 3 separate Sections into one to form the present Division. What began in 1991 as 3 small Sections each with a few pediatric behavioral health providers has today become one of the largest, most integrated Developmental and Behavioral Division in the country with 53 Psychologists, 7 Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and 10 Developmental-Behavioral Pediatricians. As well, the Division is home to 2 fully accredited training programs; an APA approved Psychology Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and an ACGME approved Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship.

In her 34 years at Children’s Mercy Hospital, 27 of which were as a faculty physician and medical staff leader, Michele served in many leadership roles including her election as President of the Medical Staff for 2003 – 04. Beginning in the year 2000 she also served as Chair of the Medical Staff Health and Wellness Committee, creating the first program at Children’s Mercy and the UMKC system for residents, fellows, physicians and nurses experiencing stress-related health and mental health issues. In November 2013 this program grew to include a proactive/preventive component including mindfulness interventions, and was renamed the Center for Professionalism and Well-Being with Dr. Kilo named as Medical Director. Michele was the medical staff representative to the Staff Advocacy Committee, supporting members of the allied healthcare staff with issues of health and well-being.

In this same area of work, Michele has been an appointed member of the Missouri Physician Health Committee (MPHP) since 2003.

Michele also served for 10 years as the Chair of the Medical Staff Bylaws Committee, and in 2007 along with the then Director of Employee Relations and other medical staff leaders, wrote the policy on addressing Disruptive Behavior in the workplace. From this policy came the process for investigating and remediating those found to exhibit disruptive behaviors and the creation of the Professional Behavior Committee, to which Michele was a member from 2007 through Spring 2018.

As an advocate for children with developmental, behavioral and mental health concerns, Dr. Kilo volunteers as a member or Chairs several Boards of not-for-profit organizations in the Kansas City area. In 2006 she was integrally involved in the formation of the Bi-State Autism Initiative, bringing together parents and professionals interested in Autism awareness, diagnosis, and intervention in both Kansas and Missouri. With her leadership the Division of Developmental and Behavioral (D&B) Sciences was selected in 2007 as one of the three Missouri Autism Centers of Excellence and has continued receiving significant funding from the State of Missouri/Department of Mental Health supporting timely diagnosis and intervention of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. In September 2008 Dr. Kilo was appointed by Missouri Governor Matt Blunt to the Missouri Commission on Autism Spectrum Disorders. In 2007 Michele received the esteemed Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award from the nationally recognized Gold Humanism Society. Michele is also a founding Board member of The Farmer’s House, a not-for-profit organization supporting young adults with developmental disabilities after completion of high school, in developing job and employment skills.  Michele has also served as board member and board Chair for the Kansas City Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and her husband along with 2 of their 3 children live with Type 1 Diabetes.

Throughout her years spent leading the D&B Division, Dr. Kilo maintained a clinical practice in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics and spent at least 50% of her time actively seeing patients with a wide range of developmental, behavioral and mental health conditions. She is the recipient of many other awards for her advocacy and leadership efforts and has truly loved her work in all of these areas.