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Put limit on number of foster kids per home in law

Faust-Goudeau
Faust-Goudeau

A legislative panel has declined an audit into cases such as that of a Wichita same-sex couple who saw a child they’d reared for 11 months and sought to adopt instead placed with a Topeka City Council member and his wife, who later were arrested on child-abuse charges. But a related question could get some needed traction: How many children in a foster home is too many? The Topeka couple had 16 children, including two foster children. Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita, has introduced Senate Bill 315, which would bar state licenses to foster homes with more than four foster children or more than six children total (but allow for emergency exceptions). The limits are state agency policy, she said, but “we’re just not going to keep bending the rules to let you have 16, 20 kids in a home.” – Rhonda Holman

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