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Kansas DCF Adding New Foster Care Contractors

Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel and DCF deputy general counsel Kasey Rogg. DCF's new grants for child welfare are a departure from the contracts of the past two decades. (Photo Credit: Madeline Fox, Kansas News Service)

Once courts pull children from troubled homes in Kansas, the practical work of finding them temporary or permanent places to stay largely gets handed off to contractors. Now, the Kansas Department for Children and Families hopes that by hiring more private contractors to run foster care services, it can start to fix chronic problems that sometimes have made rescue operations disasters all their own. But, as Madeline Fox of the Kansas News Service reports, the changes run the risk of creating new problems.

The Kansas News Service is a collaboration covering health, education, and politics, across the state.



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