SRS Goes to One Number for Reporting Child Abuse

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The state welfare agency is moving to a single telephone number for people to call when reporting possible child abuse and neglect.

A task force recommended having a single number for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The task force said the change would streamline the investigation of complaints.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius appointed the task force after two girls in Wichita, aged 6 and 7, were removed from their stepmother's home. Police said they'd been tortured and starved for months.

“Creation of a single, statewide number simplifies the process for those reporting suspected abuse,” SRS Secretary Don Jordan said in a statement. “Anyone who suspects a child has been abused or neglected has a responsibility to report. By streamlining the reporting process, SRS hopes to provide additional support to Kansas communities for reaching our shared goal of protecting children.”

SRS already had a statewide number, 1-800-922-5330, but also had
six regional telephone numbers. Those numbers will operate until
Nov. 30, but on Sept. 1, callers have heard a recorded message
saying they'll stop after that date.

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