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Kansas Legislative Committee Considers Audit of DCF

Representative Jim Ward speaking at the committee meeting. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)
Representative Jim Ward speaking at the committee meeting. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

A Kansas legislative committee has concerns about the way the state is handling the placement of foster children, but the committee delayed taking any action until next month.

Representative Jim Ward wants an audit of the Kansas Department for Children and Families, because he says evidence of wrongdoing can’t be released due to confidentiality laws. The Wichita Democrat says an audit could reveal discrimination by DCF against same-sex couples.    

“I believe the evidence is there, and if given the protection of a post audit, there will be substantial evidence of discrimination by DCF,” says Ward
A spokesperson for DCF says the department does not discriminate against same-sex couples.

Ward wanted an audit to be approved during the hearing Thursday. Republicans on the committee say they want more time to develop an audit request that's broad enough to uncover possible problems inside the agency.

Stephen Koranda is KPR's Statehouse reporter.