TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas will boost its annual spending on foster care by $35 million under state Department for Families and Children grants that have been awarded to five contractors.
DCF Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel had a news conference Thursday to introduce the contractors and discuss how she believes the grants will improve services for abused and neglected children. The department announced them Nov. 1 , six months after requesting proposals from interested parties.
The grants run four years, starting July 1. The state expects to spend $245 million on foster care during the fiscal year beginning on that date. Thats a 17 percent increase over the current fiscal year.
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