The Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) intends to impose financial fines on its two foster care contractors, KVC Behavioral Healthcare and Saint Francis Ministries (formerly called Saint Francis Community Services), if a child in custody spends the night in a contractor office for any reason. DCF Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel made the penalty public on September 28, 2018, at a meeting of the state’s child welfare system task force. The new policy went into effect upon announcement. The fine per event had not been announced as of October 24, 2018. DCF is permitted to impose fines of . . .
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