If you think state foster systems are poorly run, this new report in the Kansas City Star isn’t likely to change your perspective. Kansas has a foster system of 7,000 kids, but a new report is showing that at least 70 of them are nowhere to be found. The system can’t account for them. State officials have no idea where they are receiving meals and by whom, nor where they may be sleeping. It is as if the children just vanished into the wind.
Clearly, this presents great peril to the children who are now seemingly exposed to elements which could act nefariously.
Three foster children, sisters ages 12 to 15, went missing in late August from the Tonganoxie home of their great aunt, who had custody of the girls. Media was alerted when Tonganoxie police posted on their Facebook page, seeking information from the public.
It doesn’t take much imagination to recognize the dangers that might be lurking for those girls. Consider what type of person would be willing to offer them a meal or a place to sleep while not alerting authorities.
To plead its side of this sad story, the Kansas Department for Children and Families on Wednesday released its protocols, guidelines for case managers to follow when a child goes missing or is abducted.
So are they runaways? Or is there something much more sinister at play? Foster children do show statistical upticks in terms of running away from home. But at the very least, this shows that the state of Kansas is failing to respond accordingly, or at least in ways that would reduce the number of children that are vanished from the system.
What really is concerning is the thought that this could be a gross plot to sweep children away from foster families for horrible reasons and motives. Is there some sort of plot to enslave these children? It wouldn’t be the first time for such underground horrors to rear their ugly heads. Let’s hope the state figures out what the heck is going on.