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Message ID: 8260
Date: 2009-09-17

Author:John Poertner

Subject:Re: indicated reports vs unfounded reports

The state context can not be underestimated. In Kansas only 4% of reports

are substantiated. This is fairly meaningless. You don't need a

substantiated case of abuse or neglect to file a petition to have a judge

find that a child is a "Child in Need of Care." The definition of Child in

Need of Care is broad enough to include almost anyone. So rather than

complete an investigation and substantiate a report it is easier to not

substantiate and file a petition.



John Poertner









The state context can not be underestimated. In Kansas only 4% of reports

are substantiated. This is fairly meaningless. You don't need a

substantiated case of abuse or neglect to file a petition to have a judge

find that a child is a "Child in Need of Care." The definition of Child in

Need of Care is broad enough to include almost anyone. So rather than

complete an investigation and substantiate a report it is easier to not

substantiate and file a petition.



John Poertner