Kansas survey asks child advocates about treatment of gay couples

December 28, 2017 - 9:05 pm

State auditors have found that less than a quarter of the court-appointed advocates for foster children surveyed say prospective same-sex parents are treated differently than heterosexual couples.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that auditors also found that about 37% of those surveyed were aware of a child who was moved from or denied a placement in an LGBT home.

In the report released earlier this month, auditors said the results couldn't be taken as a sample of all guardians ad litem because the total response rate was only 34%.

The auditors also noted that many didn't answer the question about how same-sex couples are treated.

Former Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said the survey clearly encouraged "only those who believe an issue exists" to respond.

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