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Kansas Juvenile Justice Reform Efforts Strain Child Welfare System

Kansas decided a couple of years ago to try to keep juveniles out of jail by adding limits for probation periods and sending troubled teens into therapy, among other things. (Photo by Nomin Ujiyediin / Kansas News Service)

In 2017, Kansas changed the way it handles children who commit crimes, creating stricter standards for sending them through the court system. Now, kids who commit low-level crimes stay in their community. But Kansas foster care contractors say the result is more children with mental illnesses and violent behaviors coming into the already strained child welfare system. Nomin Ujiyediin, of the Kansas News Service, reports.

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