Kansas Department for Children and Families

Community
12:38 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Number Of Kansas Children Under State Custody At An All-Time High

The number of Kansas children in state custody has risen to all-time highs as the number of child abuse and neglect complaints also is climbing.

About 7,000 children were in state custody at the beginning of June, including more than 6,100 in out-of-home foster care placement.

Kansas Children’s Alliance executive director Bruce Linhos says workers and government officials are struggling to find a cause for the increase.

Health
10:54 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better

Gov.  Sam Brownback is making a major push to improve the state’s mental health system. The governor's plan creates a behavioral health sub-cabinet within state government, targets substance abuse for its role in exacerbating mental illness, and increases financial investment in current treatment programs, among other things. 

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Energy
8:36 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Kansas DCF Creates Temporary Program To Help Those Who Rely On Propane For Heat

The Kansas Department for Children and Families--or DCF--has created a new, temporary program to help people who rely on propane for home heating.

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Community
11:01 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Kansas Will Stop Using Federal Grants To Sign People Up For Food Stamps

The Kansas Department for Children and Families will stop using federal grants to help low-income residents sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

"We simply do not believe taxpayer dollars should be used to recruit people to be on welfare," said DCF spokeswoman Theresa Freed.

The federal program had awarded grants to five groups across Kansas, to help low-income residents apply for SNAP funds.  The state notified the groups of the change on September 30, one day before the grants were to be renewed.

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Childhood Poverty
5:47 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Kansas Childhood Poverty Group Releases Report

A panel appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback is recommending several strategies for reducing childhood poverty, including strengthening marriages, improving educational opportunities and reforming welfare-to-work programs.

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Food
2:39 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Waiver That Allowed 20,000 Kansans To Receive Food Stamps To Expire Oct. 1

A federal waiver that allowed about 20,000 unemployed Kansas residents to receive food assistance will be allowed to expire at the end of the month.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families says able-bodied adults with no dependents would need to work for at least 20 hours per week to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP or food stamps.

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Health
11:10 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Kansas Is Ranked 16th for Child Well-Being, But Things May Not Be As They Appear

Kansas is the 16th best state in the nation, in terms of overall child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in this year's KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report covers 16 measures of child health, economic well-being, family and community, and education. But while Kansas is in the top-third overall, the economic picture for kids in Kansas is not so bright.

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Community
6:29 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Owe Child Support? State Is Ramping Up Efforts To Collect It

Contracts have been awarded to four vendors, who will take over the duties of child support collection in Kansas next September. State officials say those who avoid paying their obligations can expect a more aggressive approach.

Kansas Department for Children and Families spokeswoman Theresa Freed predicts the four contractors will increase the amount of child support collected in Kansas. She says the department projects an increase of $52 million dollars in collections over the three-year contract period.

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Government
6:42 am
Mon May 20, 2013

State Concerned About Welfare Benefits Being Spent On Gambling And Liquor

The Kansas Department for Children and Families has announced a new initiative to cut down on and detect illegal use of state welfare benefits. 

DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore says her department has hired additional staff to root-out fraud.

“We now have a director, full-time, devoted to anti-fraud efforts," she said. "There’s a chief investigator, two hotline administrative assistants and 16 fraud special investigators across the state.”

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