Welfare oversight plan dropped by Kansas Legislature

May 09, 2019 - 5:33 am
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In the final hours of this year's legislative session lawmakers dropped a plan to increase oversight of Kansas' troubled child welfare system.

According to the Kansas City Star, the eliminated provision would have created a committee that could have drafted legislation, summoned child welfare officials to explain problems, and provided parents with a body they could appear before to vent frustrations. The measure fell apart after it became caught up in the legislative battle over Medicaid expansion.

Kansas' child welfare system has been under stress for years. Problems include recruiting and retaining staff, dozens of children missing from foster care, and even child deaths.

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