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SRS plans new adoption initiative

August 18, 2011

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— The head of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services says he plans a major initiative to boost adoptions of children in state custody.

SRS Secretary Rob Siedlecki told The Wichita Eagle he’d like to modify the “One Church, One Child” program that started in Chicago in the 1980s to recruit adoptive parents. That program encourages couples to adopt. Once they adopt, a church agrees to act as a support system, providing rides to activities and other help.

Siedlecki also said he’s planning a series of meetings throughout the state in October aimed at finding new ideas to reduce childhood poverty, neglect and abuse.

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Kate Rogge 2 years, 8 months ago

Jesus. Why do they have to push their religion into everything?

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kernal 2 years, 8 months ago

The idea is noble, but it's the implementation that worries me. There have been some serious lacks of judgment in placing some children in this state, including foster care. I hope the screening process for both has really improved over the last decade.

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autie 2 years, 8 months ago

Church volunteers? That's great bumpkin. Volunteers are wonderful. Right up to the time the decide they are tired of it of don't show up or stop whatever it was they were doing all together. Not exactly anything one could count on for the long term. Praise Allah in all his wonder as he smiles on charity.

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kernal 2 years, 8 months ago

Wonder how many children the Phelps clan will adopt to increase their army.

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bklonnie 2 years, 8 months ago

And so begins the transition of social services, currently provided by the state, to the churches.

If people were upset about the city and county forking up our tax dollars to pay for keeping the Lawrence SRS open - when we're all already paying for that through our state and federal taxes - then prepare yourselves to be really ticked about paying double for social services; that is, if you are a member of a church. Does Siedlecki think that churches can just print money? He must. In order for churches to support the additional responsibilities he's charging them with, they are going to need more money. Where are they going to get that money? That's right, from the churches' members.

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jhawkinsf 2 years, 8 months ago

I recall the following case a number of years ago. A woman decides to give up her newborn for adoption. She had 90 days to change her mind, but she didn't. About two years later, she hooked up with the biological father. He knew nothing of her pregnancy and subsequent birth and adoption. He sued in court to regain custody of his biological child. The courts ruled that he also had 90 days, from the time he became aware of the birth and adoption. Because he did in fact go to court within the 90 days, he won custody of the child. The court process took a couple more years, so the state then removed a 5 year old from the only home they had ever known and the only parents they had ever known. That case, others like it, as well as the courts' extreme reluctance to terminate the parental rights even when the child's welfare is clearly in jeopardy, and you have a recipe for a huge number of foreign adoptions while American children languish in the system until they become un-adoptable.
Brownback wants to make changes to a system that is broken beyond repair. I really don't see the harm.

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jafs 2 years, 8 months ago

Couldn't churches do this now if they want to, without any "major initiatives" by the new SRS head?

And, I'll be interested to see if synagogues, mosques, etc. will qualify as "churches" or not.

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Gandalf 2 years, 8 months ago

Translation: brownie and seigheil want to set church policies by government mandate.

"siedlecki also said he’s planning a series of meetings throughout the state in October aimed at finding new ideas to reduce childhood poverty, neglect and abuse"

Here's 2 ideas for free, pass a statewide living wage law and reopen the closed SRS office's.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 8 months ago

"Once they adopt, a church agrees to act as a support system, providing rides to activities and other help."

Let me guess-- they have to be a fundamentalist christian church.

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