Politics & Government

Kansas Senate passes CARE foster family measure

Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, left, R-Nickerson, confers with Peter Northcott, his chief of staff, about the chamber’s schedule as it debated numerous bills on Monday. (Feb. 22, 2016)
Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, left, R-Nickerson, confers with Peter Northcott, his chief of staff, about the chamber’s schedule as it debated numerous bills on Monday. (Feb. 22, 2016) Associated Press

A new foster care program could result from a bill that passed the Kansas Senate on Tuesday.

SB 410, which passed 24-15, would allow the Kansas Department for Children and Families to establish the CARE Families program. Families would volunteer to take in foster kids without the usual stipend, but would be granted more independence and be eligible to receive financial reimbursement for education expenses if they chose to educate the students outside the public school system.

The educational reimbursement could be up to $4,102 a year per child.

The proposed program is the brainchild of Sen. Forrest Knox, R-Altoona. Couples would have to be married for seven years and in a stable relationship in order to serve as CARE families. They would also not be allowed to use tobacco or keep alcohol in the home.

Both parents would have to undergo background checks and hold high school diplomas. At least one of the parents could not work outside the home.

Bryan Lowry: 785-296-3006, @BryanLowry3

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