Saying she was horrified and saddened by Thursday's death of a 10-month-old in a hot car in Wichita, Kansas Department for Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore told KVOE News on Monday a door-to-door review of TFI Family Services is a due-diligence move which could be done in weeks, not months.
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State case management contractors St. Francis and KVC are conducting the review of TFI, who placed the young girl with two partners who were caring for six youngsters at the time, had adopted two and were hoping to adopt the girl before she died.
TFI, St. Francis, KVC and CALM all place foster children across Kansas, with only KVC not having a local presence.
Both Children and Families and TFI Family Services say the decision will only affect future placements through TFI until the review is done. Spokesman Brenden Long says TFI has over 600 foster homes currently caring for nearly 1,000 children. It's unclear how many TFI placements have been put on hold.
Long tells KVOE News TFI is conducting its own internal review. A law enforcement investigation is also underway, with the girl's foster parent charged last week with aggravated child endangerment.
Long says the KDCF announcement will have no impact on Emporia's other operations, including services like adoptions, PS-MAPP training for the foster care and adoption processes and behavioral health.