Instead of spending money on flowers for its upcoming fundraising gala, the center plans to create centerpieces with toys, crayons, sticker books and other goodies that the children it serves can later enjoy.
In February, Wichita police placed four children in protective custody after prosecutors alleged their mother’s boyfriend was beating them and her. On Friday, lawyers said the mother had made progress, and a Sedgwick County District Court judge said he thought the children could return home soon.
More Kansas children are removed from their homes and placed in foster care because of concerns about parents’ drug and alcohol substance abuse than for any other reason, including physical abuse, neglect and sexual abuse, reports from the DCF show.
Most states use a “preponderance of evidence” standard in cases of child abuse and neglect. Kansas’ standard to substantiate allegations of abuse and neglect is clear and convincing, a more rigorous and more difficult standard to prove.
Child neglect happens every day in the Wichita area. Medical and physical neglect of children made up about 18 percent of all child-in-need-of-care reports to the Kansas Department for Children and Families in state fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30.
When someone reported that the adoptive mother of a 14-year-old Sedgwick County girl had hit her with a bat, the Kansas Department for Children and Families found there was not “clear and convincing” evidence that abuse had occurred.
The lawyer for parents accused of abusing their 14-year-old adopted daughter and keeping her in a windowless basement room asked Friday that Sedgwick County District Court Judge Patrick Walters close the case to the media.
Less than a month after police took her four children into protective custody, a mother took a weeklong vacation with the man accused of abusing those children and choking her, Sedgwick County District Judge Patrick Walters learned Monday.