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Department of Children and Families looking for new digs in Lawrence

July 5, 2013


— The state is seeking proposals for different office space for the Department for Children and Families in Lawrence.

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Theresa Freed, a spokeswoman for DCF, said today that the agency is looking for a building that would better suit employees and clients.

"We are just looking at what options there would be," she said.

Freed emphasized that DCF was not considering a reduction in its presence in Lawrence.

In 2011, Lawrence officials were shocked when Gov. Sam Brownback's administration decided to close the Lawrence office at 19th and Delaware streets. Then, DCF was known as the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.

After a public uproar, Brownback eventually reversed course and the office stayed open.

The Lawrence DCF operation is in two leased buildings in the 1900 block of Delaware St.

Freed said DCF officials would like to see if there is the possibility of putting the operation in one building. She also said DCF would like a better lobby area and rooms with more privacy for clients.

In its Request for Proposal, DCF said it is seeking leased space with 24,975 square feet. That is about 5,000 square feet less than the two buildings now leased.

In a pre-proposal conference last week, representatives of 8 potential bidders attended, she said.

The deadline for bid proposals is July 29.


Gary Pomeroy 4 years, 7 months ago

Two buildings? One has been vacant form some time as they transfer workers to other offices or encourage employees to transfer or retire or kick them out with privitization. A dose of flat honesty would be nice. Of course they are not going to reduce there presence in lawrence, And if you believe that I have some land in Florida I can get you for a good price . . . .

Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 7 months ago

The bus is set up for the general public so there is never going to be a time when each and every person can get a bus where and when they would like. As we become adults we learn to be patient and accept that we do not always get what we want. The number one bus goes out to what I still refer to as the welfare office.

When I was out there one day there was a family who was having trouble with a teenage son and you could hear the three of them out in the lobby. People were listening to them with rapt fascination, someone likened it to the Jerry Springer show.

Seniors who qualify for food stamps should just have to qualify once and not be expected to go out to Delaware Street to talk with a case worker every so often. It's not like anything is likely to change for those over sixty-five. Or, do it on line and get rid of some of the paperwork.

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