Support for at-risk kids bogged down by overworked employees
TOPEKA - During his time serving as a Sedgwick County judge in juvenile court, Kevin Smith saw an overworked and exhausted foster care system leave Kansas children at risk of being harmed.
Smith spent five years as a judge in juvenile court, where at any one time he had between 350 and 400 open child in need of care (CINC) cases on his docket. During that time, he observed caseworkers with anywhere from 40 to 78 cases at a time.
Judges, law enforcement and others involved in Kansas foster care services recently shared their view of a slowly improving but still weak and overloaded CINC support system during a hearing of the Special Committee on Foster Care Oversight, chaired by Rep. Susan Concannon (R-Beloit).
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