Kansas child welfare agency failed to meet 16 standards

Posted at 1:30 PM, Aug 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-30 14:30:57-04

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new report says the Kansas agency in charge of child welfare failed to meet more than half of 30 performance standards last year.

The Wichita Eagle reports the Department for Children and Families this week said a report tracking the performance measures found the agency didn't meet 16 federal and state standards.

The report covered from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 and used the agency's data. Among other things, the report found children had 8.9 homes for every 1,000 days they were in foster care - more than double the standard of 4.12 homes.

Department spokeswoman Taylor Forrest said the agency has implemented several efforts to improve performance and meet federal outcome measures.

Child welfare advocates say the report shows the depth of problems at the department.