DCF awards 3 non-profits family preservation grants; Fla. provider out

Gov. Laura Kelly’s vetting process has led to agreements with three nonprofits to deliver inhome support to Kansas’ vulnerable families and sealed the ouster of a troubled Florida organization hired last year to do that work by the state’s previous governor.

Kelly moved after taking office in January to freeze no-bid contracts for family-preservation services announced in November by Gov. Jeff Colyer, who attempted to address controversy that undermined his predecessor, Republican Sam Brownback.

Problems included the Kansas Department for Children and Families’ inability to account for dozens of children in foster care, policy allowing hard-to-place kids to stay overnight in contractors’ offices, the alleged shredding of documents by DCF, and the injury or death of children within the agency’s grasp.


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