TOPEKA – Today, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law House Substitute for Senate Bill 126. The measure authorizes the creation of a Child Welfare System Task Force. In response, Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore offers the following statement:
"We appreciate the work of Kansas lawmakers who collaborate with us to continue to make the safety and well-being of children a high priority. This is much-improved legislation that will look at the entire child welfare system in a holistic manner, including privatization, family preservation services, reintegration services and the level of access to necessary physical and mental health services in the community. We are excited to establish and participate in the Child Welfare System Task Force to enhance the lives of all Kansas children. We look forward to working with legislators, other relevant State boards and agencies, child welfare experts and stakeholders to identify ways to further improve what is already one of the safest child welfare systems in the country."