Kansas governor promises more openness in foster care system

Kelly announces launch of new website
Kansas governor promises more openness in foster care system
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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is pledging to give legislators and the general public more information about children who run away or go missing from the state’s foster care system.

The new Democratic governor announced the launch of a website for the state Department for Children and Families that will provide statistics about missing foster children. Kelly also promised that multiple legislative committees will receive information about specific cases if they sign a confidentiality agreement..

The announcements came less than a week after a Republican-controlled Senate committee had a hearing on a bill aimed at ensuring that the governor and Legislature would be notified within 72 hours of a foster child going missing.

The Public Health and Welfare Committee endorsed the measure Monday, sending it to the full Senate.

Kelly was a state senator before her election as governor last year and had criticized DCF over what she saw as its lack of transparency under Republican governors.

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