"Kansas’ child welfare agency failed to meet more than half of 30 federal and state performance standards last year, according to a report that used the agency’s data.
The Kansas Department for Children and Families released the report this week that showed it didn’t meet 16 standards from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. The report comes after a year when the agency changed its leaders amid severe criticism of its performance, The Wichita Eagle reported.
Child welfare advocates said the report shows the depth of the department’s problems. DCF officials said they have responded with several new efforts to improve performance.
'I’m not sure that there has been a full acknowledgment of the numbers that are on this (report),' said Benet Magnuson, director of the social justice group Kansas Appleseed.
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. It also found the agency assessed family strengths and needs within 30 days just 66 percent of the time, below the standard of 95 percent."