Advocacy Groups Say Kansas SRS Chief Should Resign

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Child advocacy groups are calling for an investigation into the Kansas child welfare agency and the resignation of its head. Their requests follow a controversy over whether prosecutors pressure Kansas caseworkers to remove children from their parents.

The secretary of the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Don Jordan, is at the center of the debate. He was secretly recorded accusing prosecutors of bullying his caseworkers into including information they did not believe in sworn affidavits. He backed off those statements in a column published in The Wichita Eagle on Thursday.

But on Friday three advocacy groups called a news conference to step up the pressure and seek Jordan's resignation. They also issued recommendations to reform the state's child welfare system.

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