End secrecy on child deaths



April 3, 2018 - 11:00 PM

A bill requiring the Kansas Department for Children and Families to release specific information in a timely manner when a child dies from abuse or neglect is a step in the right direction and should be approved.

The Kansas House gave first-round approval last Wednesday to the bill, which would require DCF to disclose information about a child who dies of abuse or neglect within seven days of a request being filed under the Kansas Open Records Act.

The bill is in response to high-profile cases involving DCF and children who died from abuse and neglect, even after the agency had received reports about the child, as well as children who died while in custody of the state’s foster care system.

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