Kansas House balks at setting up alternative to foster care

Kansas Statehouse (KSN News)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas House members are uneasy about a proposal to allow parents to temporarily give up custody of their children to others as an alternative to putting the youngsters into foster homes overseen by the state.

The proposal emerged from negotiations between the House and Senate. But the House rejected the measure and its move forces additional negotiations if a bill is to pass this year.

Supporters said the bill would set up a less expensive alternative to foster care by allowing parents to designate someone they trust to care for their children for up to a year.

But critics said the system would be unregulated and the risk of troubled parents giving custody to irresponsible adults would be too high.

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