New Foster Care Rules in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ New rules and regulations are in place for foster care homes in Kansas.

The Department of Health and Environment said the changes include requiring prospective foster parents to undergo fingerprint-based background checks.

KDHE staff will check nationwide criminal histories and access child abuse background checks before foster parents are granted custody.

The changes are a result of recommendations by a statewide task force appointed by Governor Kathleen Sebelius. That group is reviewing all state functions to develop ideas for improving efficiency and generate cost savings for agencies and programs.

More than 300 foster parents and state officials developed the new standards, aimed at giving parents more guidance and support.

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