The Kansas Health Institute's KHI numbers for children in foster care don't seem to match the State's own records.
Taken from the KHI website: "In Sedgwick County, the state’s most populous after Johnson County, the average number of children in out-of-home placements has increased from 950 in fiscal 2011 to 1,319 in fiscal 2013. On June 30 across Kansas, there were 5,719 children in out-of-home foster care settings, a mix of foster homes, relatives’ homes, group homes, psychiatric facilities, and juvenile detention facilities. That’s only the second time in the past 10 years that the number has exceeded 5,700 on the final day of the state’s fiscal year. The last time was in 2008, the onset of the Great Recession."
One thing is for certain, under Governor Brownback and DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore more children are being taken from their families, lives are being destroyed and Kansas children don't stand a chance of having any stability in their lives.
The numbers don't match. On the State's website it shows the total number of children served in Sedgwick County in fiscal 2013 was 1,452 which is higher than the 1,319 KHI reported. On the State's website it shows the total number of children served in out-of-home foster care settings was 8,853 which is also much higher than the 5,719 KHI reported. See link here: http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/PPS/Documents/FY2013DataReports/ServedInDCFCustody/OOHPChildrenServedSFY2013.pdf
The Wichita Eagle Reported: "Over the past two years, near-record numbers of children have entered the state’s foster-care system, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. In Sedgwick County, the average number of children in out-of-home placements has increased from 950 in fiscal year 2011 to 1,319 in 2013. Statewide, there were 5,719 children in such placements as of June 30 – only the second time in the past 10 years that the number has exceeded 5,700 on the final day of the state’s fiscal year (the last time was at the start of the Great Recession in 2008)."
The numbers above are below the actual numbers listed by the State but then the Eagle took their story based on the KHI article. Read more here: http://www.kansas.com/2013/08/18/2947009/eagle-editorial-foster-care-increase.html#storylink=cpy