TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas has seen a 42% increase over the past five years in the number of children removed from homes in which a parent is using drugs.
The state Department for Children and Families reported Tuesday that the number of cases in which a child was removed and substance abuse was a contributing factor grew to more than 1,850 during the fiscal year ending in June. Five years ago, it was about 1,300.
The department reported the data amid questions from a legislative task force about why the number of children in foster care has grown steadily in recent years.
Some lawmakers see a potential tie between the increase and tougher rules for state cash assistance. Department officials said the agency’s internal data does not suggest much of a link.