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Kansas Child Welfare Panel Meets Tuesday Amid Foster Care Concerns

Kansas Statehouse (Photo by J. Schafer)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas legislative task force on child welfare is meeting this week after several lawmakers raised concerns about how state policies are affecting families.  The Child Welfare Task Force is scheduled to meet tomorrow (TUE) at the Statehouse. Its agenda includes a look at the court system's role in protecting abused and neglected children.  The meeting comes after a joint legislative budget committee reviewed data showing that 44,000 people have become ineligible for cash assistance under policies that include work requirements for able-bodied adults.  meanwhile, the number of children in foster care has grown dramatically in recent years, and critics of Republican Governor Sam Brownback are linking the two trends. The Department for Children and Families contends the social services policies help make welfare recipients more self-sufficient. 

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