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Kansas Human Rights Commission nominee from Lawrence faces tough questioning

Has everyone forgotten that Neufeld tried to force a vote by a legislator - he was going to tell his wife that he was having an affair if the legislatorr didn't vote the way Neufeld wanted? Why would anyone want Neufeld? he can't be trusted - that's taking a chance.

September 1, 2011 at 10:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas Human Rights Commission nominee from Lawrence faces tough questioning

Melvin Neufeld constituents didn't want him to represent them - why did Brownback appoint him? Not good. As for Ney - wonder if he is related to Attorney Richard Ney of Wichita?

September 1, 2011 at 10:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Faulty SRS plan

Don Jordan and Tanya Keys were paid to cover up what was going on in the SRS agencies and all of their regions. Jordan was aware that there was falsifcation of documents to illegaly remove children and place them in the custody of the state to receive federal funds (only problem was - how they did it - not following the requirements - the children weren't eligible for federal funding and the Kansas tax payer had to pay - out of the general fund - for the crimes against the children and families)....By the way - the legislators were also aware this was going on - Better to have a higher paid Secretary of SRS and staff that doesn't allow vioaltions of law and the stealing of children - less cost to the state and tax payer - less pain and trauma to the children and parents. I'm all for the higher pay if the laws, regs, policies, procedures and guidelines are followed... If they aren't - then maybe Paul Davis needs to be apprised of what is being done - that old policies haven't been fixed........I'm sure he would run with it...............

July 27, 2011 at 8:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

More than 600 gather at public forum to vent frustration with closing of Lawrence SRS office

Problems do exist here- problems that have been ignored for a long time - Now it's time to pay the piper thru budget cuts. Ask your legislators why they have allowed children to be stolen by SRS in the previous administrations - and by the way - since the judges DON"T follow the law - you as a tax payer are paying for the children - no matching dollars from the federal govenrment - there are requirements that have to be met by law for the children to be eligible for federal funding- the judges aren't meeting those requirements and the legislators are writing laws that don't require it. Ask Rep Paul Davis about the findings of the KS Post Legislative Audits - falsifications of documents to wrongfully remove childlren - the cost for those children coming out of the general budget. And Guess what - the outcome of foster care is such that these children become adults that are still a drain on the tax payer.

July 12, 2011 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

About 150 attend meeting on SRS closure

This is a government employee state-of course they will be upset if an office is closed. The outcome for foster care is SOOOOO bad that I don't know why more offices aren't closed. SRS workers don't follow their policies, procedures or guidelines or even the laws. Thank you Gov Brownback and SRS Siedlecki for recognizing that offices need to be closed. Listing outcomes of foster care - cost to the kansas taxpayer for most of the life of the foster child -even as adults - after they get thru drugging them for the funding.
There are more than half a million children and youth in the U.S. foster care system, a 90% increase since 1987. Three of 10 of the nation’s homeless are former foster children. A recent study has found that 12-18 months after leaving foster care:
27% of the males and 10% of the females had been incarcerated
33% were receiving public assistance
37% had not finished high school
50% were unemployed
*Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support
Children in foster care are three to six times more likely than children not in care to have emotional, behavioral and developmental problems, including conduct disorders, depression, difficulties in school and impaired social relationships. Some experts estimate that about 30% of the children in care have marked or severe emotional problems. Various studies have indicated that children and young people in foster care tend to have limited education and job skills, perform poorly in school compared to children who are not in foster care, lag behind in their education by at least one year, and have lower educational attainment than the general population.
*Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support
80 percent of prison inmates have been through the foster care system.
*National Association of Social Workers
Children are 11 times more likely to be abused in State care than they are in their own homes.
*National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN)
Children died as a result of abuse in foster care 5.25 times more often than children in the general population. 2.1 percent of all child fatalities took place in foster care. While this may seem like a relatively low number, we must consider the contrast in population between children in the general population versus children in foster care. In 1997, there were nearly 71 million children in the general population (99.6%), but only 302 thousand in state care (.4%) in state care. As state care is supposed to be a 'safe haven', the number of fatalities should be less or at least equal to what it is in the general population of children. By this standard, there should have been less than .4% of child fatalities occurring in foster care, however, there was 5.25 times that amount. (31 states reporting)
*CPS Watch Inc.
Emotional Abuse in foster care: Their rate of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder was double the rate for Iraq War veterans.

July 10, 2011 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )