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A New Leader Takes over at Kansas Department for Children and Families

Gina Meier-Hummel, right, started her job as secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families on December 1. She was introduced by Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, left.  (File photo / Kansas Public Radio)

The new secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families has come in promising a thorough review of the agency, staffing changes, and more accountability following allegations and outrage that problems in the foster care system were swept under the rug.  While her predecessor could sometimes be considered gruff, Gina Meier-Hummel is soft spoken, and she says she wants to bring more compassion and humility to the state’s social welfare agency.  During her first week on the job, Meier-Hummel spoke with Madeline Fox of the Kansas News Service.


That's Gina Meier-Hummel, the new secretary for the Kansas Department for Children and Familes.  She was speaking with Madeline Fox of the Kansas News Service.  

This Friday (December 15th), the University of Kansas will release its findings about whether there is a link between new restrictions on welfare benefits and the number of kids placed in foster care.

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