Kansas agency responds to child support critics

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TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A state agency is defending its decision to privatize child support services in Kansas after critics claimed the system was set up to fail.

The Department for Children and Families awarded four contracts in June to companies that will administer the program in the state’s 31 judicial districts. Critics claim the changes were unnecessary and were a result of understaffing and internal policy decisions.

But a spokeswoman for the agency tells the Topeka Capital-Journal that the contracts were awarded properly and that none of the companies were given preferential treatment.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, has said that an email from a state employee suggests the agency was hampered in doing its job to clear the way for privatizing the system.

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