Special Report: 70-plus children missing from Kansas’ foster care system
-October 11, 2017
Credit goes to u/mattum01 for sharing the source of info
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lawmakers are expressing outrage after learning more than 70 foster children are missing in Kansas, a number that officials say is in line with the national average.
Foster care contractors provided the information during a meeting of an oversight panel Tuesday at the Statehouse in response to questions about the disappearance of three sisters from a northeast Kansas foster home, The Kansas City Star reports. Police believe the missing girls — ages 15, 14 and 12 — ran away in August.
Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, told a child welfare task force meeting that when she asked the Kansas Department for Children and Families about the missing children on Tuesday, the agency knew nothing. She said after the meeting that she was “flabbergasted.”
The agency’s chief, Phyllis Gilmore, said after the meeting that she can’t discuss the missing sisters. She said in a statement Wednesday that the department has long had policies in place to attempt to find missing foster children quickly and that many are returned to their foster homes swiftly.
Investigation into three runaway teen sisters reveals more than 70 children are missing from the Kansas foster care system
– Police believe the missing girls Emily Kay Lynette Utter, 15, Aimee Lynn Utter, 14, and Christin Nicole Utter, 12, ran away from their foster home in August
– The search for the girls sparked an investigation into the system
– Foster care contractors revealed that more than 70 children are missing during a meeting of an oversight panel on Tuesday
– Sen. Laura Kelly, a Topeka Democrat, said she was ‘flabbergasted’
– Officials say that number is in line with the national average
DCF responds after report of 70-plus children missing from Kansas’ foster care system
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) on Wednesday issued more information on the agency’s policies and procedures for handling situations involving missing and runaway children.
The DCF Policy and Procedure Manual (5245) outlines the departments guidelines for handling situations involving children missing from the foster care system. The policy presents clear guidelines for the reporting of a missing child, including the filing of a missing person’s reports, notification of the child’s biological and foster families, the legal steps to be taken with the court and weekly check-ins with local law-enforcement. The department’s policy also provides steps to be taken after the child’s safe return.
The full language of the policy can be found here: content.dcf.ks.gov/PPS/robohelp/PPMGenerate/ (search 5245 in search bar; the document is also attached).
“We made the decision to highlight the protocol for handling situations involving runaways and missing children because of questions that arose during the final minutes of the Child Welfare System Task Force meeting on Tuesday,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said. “We want to assure the public that protocols are in place, and have been for many years, to ensure that when children run away from their foster care placement, every effort is made to locate them and return them to a safe and appropriate foster care home or facility.”
Editor’s notes: That was the sound good formality talk.
“There are more than 7,000 children in the foster care system,” Secretary Gilmore said. “These children who run away are not under lock and key; they are generally in family foster homes, older youth, who attend school and activities, and they often miss their biological families. We work closely with our foster care contractors, law enforcement, the school system and affected families to locate missing children as quickly as possible.”
While it is unfortunate when any child runs away from the foster care system; this issue is not unique to Kansas. In our state, 1 percent of children in foster care are considered missing, which correlates with the national average. Often, children who run away are located quickly and returned in a short amount of time. In some cases, the missing children are considered on the run with a parent who is attempting to keep them from State care.
Editor’s notes: I think she meant those children were not being locked up like in jail, they have legs to walk anywhere they wanted as they were in a foster home. And they missed their biological families. So she had 7000 children in her foster home, how would she know there was 76 of them went missing ??? That was 1% of foster children went missing! So when the foster children went missing, if they got raped, murdered, being sex-trafficked to a pimp, sexually abused, died on street, being cropped and cooked for some rituals, SHOULD SHE BE RESPONSIBLE?? Those children HAVE NO NAMES, NO ONE CARES, NOBODY KNOWS??!!!
Police found 18 of Kansas’ foster children last week; 58 are still missing, DCF says
In September 2017, private foster contractors reported that children had stayed overnight in their officers more than 100 times in the past year because places able or willing to accept foster care children couldn’t be found.
In April 2018, more than four months after Kansas’ newly-appointed child welfare leader said foster children spending the night in offers instead of homes or other placements was ‘unacceptable’
Read more here: www.kansas.com/latest-news/article221976245.html
Last week, a sweep by law enforcement agencies found 18 children who had been reported missing from the Kansas foster care system, according to a news release by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
But 58 children remain missing, according to a spokesperson with the Kansas Department for Children and Families, which oversees the state’s foster care system.
“One child away from placement is one too many,” said Taylor Forrest, director of communications for DCF in an email statement on Tuesday. She said the state’s child welfare system is still missing 56 “verified runaway youth,” one “unserved exparte” and one “relative abduction.”
The sweep came as the Kansas child welfare system, which oversees about 7,600 children in foster care, has come under increased scrutiny and its leaders say they are working towards improvement.
Read more here: www.kansas.com/latest-news/article221976245.html
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