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KLRD staff members coordinate and help plan interim committee meetings and certain commissions and task forces that meet throughout the year.

During the regular legislative session, standing committees are coordinated and planned by committee assistants, who should be contacted through the office of the standing committee's chairperson.

Standing Committees are established by statute or by House or Senate Leadership that meet during the regular legislative session.

Interim Committees are either established by statute and meet outside the regular legislative session (e.g. joint committees, oversight committees, commissions, and task forces) or are created by Legislative Coordinating Council to review specified topics and legislation during the Interim.


CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM TASK FORCE - Resources

Agendas, minutes, and testimony for Task Force meetings may be found here

Agendas, minutes, and testimony for working group meetings may be found here

List of Working Group Members posted 9-27-2017 PDF

Resources Required by House Sub. for SB 126 to be Considered by the Task Force and Working Groups:

[Unless otherwise noted, all resources on this page posted on 8-1-2017.]

  • Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) Kansas Final Report November 2015 (Reissued 2017) [PDF]
  • Legislative Post Audit: Foster Care and Adoption in Kansas: Reviewing Various Issues Related to the State's Foster Care and Adoption System
    • Part 3 (April 2017 – System Capacity; Federal Outcomes; Cost of State-Run vs. Privatized System): Report [PDF] Highlights [PDF]
    • Part 2 (September 2016 – Compliance with State and Federal Laws): Report [PDF] Highlights [PDF]
    • Part 1 (July 2016 – Safety of Children; Sufficiency of Living Space and Financial Resources; Family Preference for Removal and Placement): Report [PDF] Highlights [PDF]
    • Note: Also see below section “Additional Reports by Legislative Post Audit Related to the Child Welfare System” for previous LPA reports. KLRD has prepared the following memo summarizing these reports: [PDF]
  • Report of 2016 Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy [PDF]
  • Report of 2015 Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy [PDF]

Other Resources Requested by The Task Force

  • Materials provided by LPA after 8-4-2017 Task Force meeting regarding DCF responses to LPA follow-up:
    • LPA Memo PDF (posted 9-18-2017)
    • DCF Responses to Part 1 PDF (posted 9-18-2017)
    • DCF Responses to Part 3 PDF (posted 9-18-2017)

  • Department for Children and Families (DCF) CFSR Round 3 Program Improvement Plan (PIP) (April 2017) [PDF]
  • An Assessment of Kansas' Front-End Child Welfare System: Recommendations for Building a Solid Front-End System, Casey Family Programs (April 2013) [PDF]
  • DCF Handouts for 8/4/2017 Task Force Meeting (posted 8-3-2017) [PDF]

Resources for Task Force Meeting on September 19, 2017

  • Task Force Rules PDF (posted 9-18-2017)
  • DCF Response PDF (posted 9-18-2017)
  • DCF Removal Data PDF (posted 9-18-2017)
  • St. Francis Response PDF (posted 9-18-2017)
  • KVC Response PDF (posted 9-18-2017)
  • Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center Fact Sheet PDF (posted 9-18-2017)

Additional Reports by Legislative Post Audit Related to the Child Welfare System (pre-2016)

[Note: Monitoring reports verifying information provided by the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services on its compliance with the terms of the foster care lawsuit settlement agreement from 1997-2001 are not included below but may be viewed on the LPA website at kslpa.org]

  • Foster Care Decisions: Reviewing Decisions to Remove Children from Their Homes (July 2012): Report [PDF] Highlights [PDF]
  • Foster Care: Reviewing Selected Issues Related to Compensation and Oversight of Foster Care Contractors (July 2011): Report [PDF] Highlights [PDF]
  • Foster Care: Reviewing Selected Issues Related to State Contracts for Foster Care and Family Preservation Services (April 2008): Report [PDF] Highlights [PDF]
  • Foster Care: Reviewing Decisions to Remove Children From Their Homes (October 2006): Report [PDF] Highlights [PDF]
  • Foster Care: Determining Whether Adoptions Are Being Finalized As Quickly As Possible, Once An Adoptive Family Is Located (February 2005): Report [PDF] Highlights [PDF]
  • The State's Adoption and Foster Care Contracts: Reviewing Selected Financial and Service Issues (January 2001): Report [PDF] Highlights [PDF]
  • Assessing How Well the Foster Care Program in Kansas is Working, Part II: Funding, Staffing, and Monitoring Issues (December 1998) [PDF]
  • Kansas' Foster Care Program:
    • Part IV (Summary Report – June 1991) [PDF]
    • Part III (Staffing and Funding Levels – April 1991) [PDF]
    • Part II (Placements and Delivery of Services – March 1991) [PDF]
    • Part I (An Overview of the Program – October 1990) [PDF]
  • Placement of Abused and Neglected Children (February 1987) [PDF]

Selected Resources/Testimony Provided to House Committee on Children and Seniors During 2017 Legislative Session

  • LPA Foster Care Audit Response, PPS Perspective (Presented by Deneen Dryden, DCF Director of Prevention and Protection Services (PPS), January 31, 2017) [PDF]
  • Kansas Child Welfare Enhancements and Improvements Progress Report (Presented by Deneen Dryden, January 31, 2017) [PDF]
  • Update on Implementation of Recommendations – January 2017 (Implementation of Casey Family Programs' recommendations. Presented by Deneen Dryden, January 31, 2017) [PDF]
  • LPA Memorandum: “Quarterly follow-up information from DCF” (Presented on February 7, 2017) [PDF]

Selected Resources Provided to the 2016 Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy

[Note: Agendas, minutes, and additional testimony provided to the Special Committee may be found here.]

  • KLRD Memorandums and Other Documents:
    • Authorizing Statutes for the Kansas Department for Children and Families Related to the Foster Care Program [PDF]
    • Legislative and Related Activity on Foster Care and Related Issues in Kansas, 2011-2016 [PDF]
    • Kansas Foster Care Overview [PDF]
    • Foster Care Timeline/History [PDF]
    • Grandparents' Rights in Kansas Statutes [PDF]
    • Foster Care Funding by Funding Source (FY 2011 – FY 2016) [PDF]
  • DCF Documents and Testimony:
    • Kansas Child Welfare Factsheet (November 2016) [PDF]
    • LPA Response: Licensing Perspective [PDF]
    • LPA Response: Foster Care Perspective [PDF]
    • Duties, Qualifications and Selection of Foster Families [PDF]
  • Various national foster care statistics (provided by Rep. Ousley) [PDF]
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL): Child Welfare Privatization Overview and Trends [PDF]

Selected Resources Provided to the 2015 Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy

[Note: A number of memorandums and other documents prepared for the 2015 Special Committee were updated and presented to the 2016 Special Committee. These may be found above under the Resources section for the 2016 Special Committee. Agendas, minutes, and additional testimony provided to the Special Committee may be found here.]

  • Federal Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report (July 2015) [PDF]
  • KLRD: Selected Foster Care System Data (including data related to population, placements, removal, permanency, length of stay, licensing and inspection, substantiated maltreatment, substance use, and adoption) [PDF]
  • KLRD: Privatization of Foster Care Services (includes history of child welfare privatization in Kansas and elsewhere) [PDF]
  • Casey Family Programs presentation (outlines critical components in considering the appropriate role foster care can play in the protection of children and support of vulnerable families) [PDF]
  • NCSL presentation (foster care innovations – what works and promising practices) [PDF]

Other Resources


2017 Interim Information
Approved Topics Memo
Approved Days Listing
Interim Calendar
Interim Committee Membership

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2016 Interim Committees

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