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May 13, 2013

Brownback: Foster care plays key role

With about 5,600 Kansas kids in foster care and more entering the system every day, Gov. Sam Brownback and other state officials Monday sought to raise awareness of the importance of providing a family atmosphere for children who can’t depend on their parents.

With about 5,600 Kansas kids in foster care and more entering the system every day, Gov. Sam Brownback and other state officials Monday sought to raise awareness of the importance of providing a family atmosphere for children who can’t depend on their parents.

“It’s a never-ending need,” said Gina Meier-Hummel, director of the state’s prevention and protection services. And the number of children entering the system is rising, she said.

At a news conference Monday, Daniel Martin said he entered the foster care system at age 15 and has gotten continued support from his foster family and professionals in the system.

On Saturday, he graduated from Newman University, and he plans to enter the master’s of public administration program at Wichita State University next fall. He is also an independent living program coordinator with the state’s Department for Children and Families, helping other kids.

Brownback signed a proclamation recognizing the importance of foster care and the role it plays in helping children in need.

He said kids need a meaningful connection to a supportive adult, and he applauded the families who step up to help.

“The foster care system is only as good those who choose to participate in it,” he said.

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