Protecting Kansas Children – A closer look at the legislation

August 23


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When: 10-11:30 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023

Where: This event will be presented in a hybrid format, with in-person and virtual attendance options available. Specific details will be sent with confirmation email once registered.

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The 2023 Kansas legislative session included much focus on the welfare of children in our state, and legislators considered a number of bills addressing a wide variety of topics, including foster care, adoption and other measures to protect Kansas kids. Join us to hear from lawmakers, agency officials and advocates about the issues addressed during the 2023 session and the work left to do during the upcoming session and beyond.

Linda Sheppard, KHI Senior Analyst & Strategy Team Leader, will facilitate a panel of lawmakers and agency officials who will discuss child welfare legislation that was passed and considered during the 2023 session and issues that may be discussed during the interim session and the 2024 session. Panelists include:

  • Susan Concannon, Chair, House Child Welfare and Foster Care Committee
  • Laura Howard, Secretary, Kansas Department for Children and Families
  • Kerrie Lonard, Child Advocate, Office of the Child Advocate
  • Kristen O’Shea, Joint Committee on Child Welfare System Oversight
  • Susan Humphries, House Child Welfare and Foster Care Committee

Valentina Blanchard, KHI Analyst, will facilitate a panel of representatives of child welfare advocacy organizations across the state. Panelists include:

  • Mike Fonkert, Deputy Director, Kansas Appleseed
  • Kristalle Hedrick, Vice President of Kansas Programs, FosterAdopt Connect
  • Rachel Marsh, CEO, Children’s Alliance of Kansas
  • John Wilson, President, Kansas Action for Children

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