Report: Fix troubled child welfare system

State News

December 21, 2018 - 3:01 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas must fix its troubled child welfare system now or more vulnerable children will suffer, a coalition of legislators and children’s advocates say in a report released Thursday.

The group, Strengthen Families Rebuild Hope, says that among the problems that must be addressed are disparities in the race of children who are selected to be removed from their homes and children being kept in the state’s custody for too long, the Kansas City Star reported.

High-profile child tragedies have identified shortcomings in child welfare services. A recent review of the Kansas Department for Children and Families also exposed high caseloads, alarming turnover and lack of timely training. At the same time, a record number of children have been in foster care.

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