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Survey Hopes to Find Out Why So Many Kansas Foster Families Quit the System

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (KNS) – Kansas child welfare officials want to know why nearly 500 families quit the state’s foster program in just a few years. The Kansas News Service reports the state is now conducting a survey to find out.

The Kansas Division of the Child Advocate recently launched the survey to ask former foster families why they stopped taking in foster children.

Child advocate Kerrie Lonard told a legislative welfare committee that the recently launched survey will try to uncover problems those foster families experienced. “We really have a shortage in regards to placements for children. And (we’re) trying to find out why families are leaving… and hopefully identify ways that we can better support those families moving forward,” she said.

The survey is still in its preliminary stages.