Dozens rally at Statehouse in hopes of bringing transparency to DCF

Published: Apr. 2, 2018 at 4:33 PM CDT
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Families joined candidates for governor, attorneys, and representatives at the Statehouse Monday afternoon in hopes of reforming the Department for Children and Families.

Organizers say their "Fools No More" rally dealt with issues that impact children in Kansas, including DCF, parental rights, juvenile justice and medical cannabis.

Among the crowd were Amelia and Raymond Schwab and their family. The Schwabs' staged a hunger strike on the Capitol steps two years ago after they say DCF unfairly took away their children. They regained custody around Christmas.

Jennifer Winn, who represented the Schwabs', says they want to catch lawmakers' attention.

"We want legislatures to hear us. That passing laws such as the secret social file that make accusations against parents that they will never know about, that's unconstitutional, that's not acceptable any longer," Winn said. "Our children are not for sale."

Winn is referring to Kansas City Star report in November, calling Kansas the nation's most secretive state. DCF is accused of having parent's sign gag orders to prevent them from publicly talking should something happen to their child in DCF care.