Kansas Looks Toward Reform in Wake of In-custody Killing of Foster Youth Cedric Lofton
After Cedric Lofton was killed in a correctional facility last fall, Kansas advocates and officials aim to prevent future in-custody deaths.
Kansas House Rejects Bid to Eliminate Safety Net Hurdles; Senate May Add New Barrier
After Kansas lawmakers rejected a bill to expand access for food assistance in the House, the Senate is now considering a bill that would limit access.
FBI Looking Into In-custody Death of a Kansas Teen in Foster Care
The FBI is reviewing the death of a Black teenager in foster care who died in custody last fall at a juvenile intake center in Kansas.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Creates Division of the Child Advocate as Watchdog
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed an executive order early this month establishing the Division of the Child Advocate.
Judge OKs Plan Requiring Kansas to Provide Mental Health Care to Foster Kids
A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement that children’s attorneys say will ensure children in Kansas’ foster care system can get the mental health care they need. “All children in foster care have the right to a stable, caring home where their mental health needs are met, and our settlement agreement finally moves Kansas in that direction,” said Leecia Welch, plaintiff co-counsel and senior director at the National Center for Youth Law.
Federal Audit Slams Kansas Child Welfare System
Federal auditors recently faulted Kansas’ Department for Children and Families for allowing residents of its foster care group homes to be chronically exposed to potentially hazardous conditions, even though the state regularly inspected the facilities.
Lawsuit: Kansas Agrees to Ambitious Foster Care Reforms
Kansas has agreed to a slate of dramatic changes to its child welfare system aimed at ending housing and mental health failures that destabilize youth in foster care. Child advocates who brought the civil rights lawsuit in 2018 said it was past time to end what they called “state-sanctioned homelessness.”
Kansas Creates New Agency to Lead Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice Services
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) announced yesterday she will create a new agency that houses child welfare and juvenile justice services at the state level. The new Kansas Department of Human Services will include the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) and the juvenile services division of the Department of Corrections (DOC).
Kansas Drops Hiring Standards to Attract More Child Welfare Workers
As Kansas rolls out changes to its child welfare system, a decision to loosen requirements for child protection specialists has some child advocates concerned that the state is trading a quantity problem for a quality problem.