Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The record: A breakdown of the primary reasons children in Kansas are removed from their homes and placed in foster care.
Why you’d want it: To learn more about child welfare in Kansas.
Where you get it: Go www.dcf.ks.gov. Click on the “Child Protective Services” link under the “Prevention and Protective Services” menu. Then click on “Reports.” Then click on “Children Served in DCF Custody.” Then click on “Children Removed into Out of Home Placement by Primary Reason for Removal.” You also can get a county-by-county breakdown. For a historical look, go to http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/PPS/Pages/HistoricalChildrenServedinDCF.aspx.
How much it costs: The information is free.