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9 Kansas detainees were separated from parents

Gov. Colyer requested inspection of group home near Topeka

June 26, 2018 - 4:40 am
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Nine of 44 immigrant children placed under the care of a Kansas nonprofit working under contract with the federal government were separated from their parents at the border.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families cited the number of separated children on Monday. DCF says in a news release that a staff member on Friday visited the non-profit called The Villages Inc. at the request of Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer. The inspection looked at group homes operated by the Villages outside of Topeka.

The DCF says that of the 44 children in placement, nine were separated from their parents and the rest were unaccompanied minors.

Colyer says in a statement that it is the state's "hope and expectation" that the children will be reunited with their families "in the near future."

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