Articles By: Dave Raney

There’s a reason foster kids have reached a historic high

Shortly after Gov. Sam Brownback took office in 2011, there were almost 5,200 children in Kansas’ foster care system. Today, there are more than 6,900. The prospect of adding 1,700 kids to a system that was already stretched thin was beyond most policymakers’ imagination six years ago. Kansas had privatized most of its child-protection responsibilities in the late ’90s after […]

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Parents as Teachers might remain part of state budget

? House committee changes direction. The House Social Ser?vices Budget Committee changed its mind Wednes?day, voting to shelve an earlier recommendation that could have led to the Parents as Teachers program being cut from the state budget. ?We?re going to have another hearing,? said Rep. Will Carpenter, a Republi?can from El Dorado and chairman of the committee. Earlier in the […]

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Suicides increasing in nation and state

At least once a week, Kimberly Rowlands talks to someone contemplating suicide. ?It?s a big chunk of what I do,? she said. Rowlands, 48, is what is called a mental health co-responder. When Olathe police respond to reports of someone threatening to kill himself or herself, she goes with them. ?I wouldn?t even guess how many times I?ve been called […]

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Number of Kansas foster children continues to grow

Over the past two years, near-record numbers of children have entered the state?s foster care system. At the same time, fewer children have exited and the number of adoptions involving children in state custody has fallen to a six-year low. ?It?s a trend,? said Lois Rice, executive director with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties. ?In […]

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