ERIC Number: ED475973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Best Interest of the Child: Emerging Issues in Child Welfare. A Special Report.
Kansas Action for Children, Inc., Topeka.
In an effort to address child welfare service problems, the state of Kansas shifted responsibility to private contractors in 1996. Despite a considerable investment of new resources and significant improvements, serious problems remain. This report explores what is needed to "level the playing field" for the roughly 6,700 children in state custody in Kansas by focusing on a few factors to improve their chances of becoming successful adults. The report details specific areas of recommendation, including the following: (1) strengthen prevention programs that can help keep children with their families; (2) enhance the ability of child welfare providers to respond with multi-tiered services; (3) effectively represent children in the court system; (4) review and refine child welfare outcomes and performance measures; (5) improve communication with, and training of, foster parents; (6) prepare children for living independently once they leave the system; and (7) provide incentives to adopt hard-to-place children. The report concludes with a list of Kansas child welfare resources. (HTH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Child Welfare, Childhood Needs, Foster Care, Foster Children, Program Improvement, Public Policy
Kansas Action for Children, Inc., 3360 SW Harrison, Topeka, KS 66611. Tel: 785-232-0550; Fax: 785-232-0699; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.kac.org. For full text: http://www.kac.org/subpages/publications/childbestinterest.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Action for Children, Inc., Topeka.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas