"Kansas awarded grants worth more than $17 million for child welfare services in the state’s western region to a troubled Florida agency that did not apply for the work.
The grants were awarded last year, when Gina Meier-Hummel led the Department for Children and Families and Jeff Colyer was governor. Before then, child welfare funds in Kansas typically were distributed through contracts that were overseen by the state Department of Administration.
'This is certainly disturbing and quite frankly bizarre,' said Benet Magnuson, executive director of Kansas Appleseed, a nonprofit justice center serving vulnerable Kansans. 'This process raises a lot of red flags, and frankly doesn’t make a lot of sense. An agency wouldn’t act like this if they expected any transparency at all.'"