Kelly moves to redo child welfare grants

State News

February 15, 2019 - 3:44 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has terminated grants to two nonprofit agencies for services for troubled families and plans to renegotiate the grant terms to four agencies for services for foster children, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly announced Thursday.

The moves made by Kelly’s interim leader at the Department for Children and Families undo key decisions made at DCF under former Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer. The new governor had criticized the grants and the department for forgoing the normal state contracting process.

Kelly’s announcement came a day after The Kansas City Star reported that newly released state documents showed one grant recipient had earned low scores in an internal review and didn’t even apply for $17 million of the work. But Kelly had publicly pressured DCF into putting the grants on hold before she took office last month.

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