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Kelly promises more openness in foster care system

Governor Laura Kelly is pledging to give legislators and the general public more information about children who run away or go missing from the state’s foster care system.

The Democratic governor on Monday announced the launch of a new state Department for Children and Families website that will provide daily statistics about missing foster children.

Kelly also promised that legislative committees will receive information about specific cases if they agree to keep it confidential.

The announcements came less than a week after a Republican-controlled Senate committee had a hearing on a bill aimed at ensuring that the governor and Legislature would be notified within 72 hours of a foster child going missing.

The Public Health and Welfare Committee endorsed the measure Monday, sending it to the full Senate.


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