Between 2009 and 2015, the number of children in Kansas foster care increased by 18%, from 5,317 in 2009 to 6,257 children in fiscal year 2015. On November 17, 2015, the Secretary for the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF), Phyllis Gilmore, told the legislature, “Currently, there are 6,591 children in foster care in Kansas. This is a record high number.” She attributed the increase to an imbalance between the number of children entering and exiting foster care annually. Child welfare advocates believe the rise in the foster care population is due to high turnover among . . .
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