Kansas Department for Children and Families

By the Associated Press

Child welfare advocates in Kansas are pushing for an independent agency to monitor the state’s troubled foster care system.

Nonprofit Kansas Appleseed has proposed creating an Office of the Child Advocate to investigate complaints and evaluate the state agency overseeing foster care.

The nonprofit failed to get state lawmakers to vote on a bill to create the agency during the 2020 session of the Kansas Legislature, but the group has the support of some lawmakers to push again in 2021. Opponents say the money would be better spent on existing programs that monitor the system.