Although the child welfare system appears to be working well in Kansas, the number of children in foster care is growing. Some people in the community that the number of children in the child welfare system has increased because more people are reporting abuse and neglect, which brings about the removal of children from dangerous situations. There are currently 6,522 children in foster care.  Children are removed for the following reasons: Abuse (17%), neglect (16%), parental drug abuse (11%), and lack of supervision (10%).

Some say that everything is working as it should, since many children are reunited with their birth families. But others say that many children are returned to homes before the parents are properly rehabilitated.

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