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Bill would require notifications of missing foster children

February 22, 2019

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Child welfare officials would be required to notify the legislature, the governor and the media when a foster child goes missing under proposed legislation.

The Kansas City Star reports that the bill sponsored by Louisburg Republican Sen. Molly Baumgardner also would require that notifications be made when children stay overnight in the offices of foster care contractors while they await placements. She said at a hearing Thursday that lawmakers can’t address the issue if they don’t know it’s happening.

DFC initially opposed the bill, saying it could lose more than $55 million in federal funding if it released names of missing children. Agency spokesman Mike Deines says it would support sharing updates about missing children if the bill were amended to ensure confidentiality.

A vote has yet to be scheduled.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com