Kansas settles foster children civil rights lawsuit

July 09, 2020 - 6:17 pm

The state of Kansas settled a class-action lawsuit filed by advocates who accused the state of not providing foster children with adequate mental health care and moving them too frequently between homes. 

The settlement, filed Wednesday, mandates the state stop moving foster children often and track them more carefully. The agreement won’t take effect until a judge approves and all children are notified. 

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The settlement requires the state to stop sheltering foster children in hotels, motels, cars, stores, offices, unlicensed homes or any other non-child-welfare housing. The state must also provide timely mental health treatment when needed. 

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