Kansas Supreme Court plans child welfare summit to forge ‘better paths forward’
August 22, 2023
TOPEKA — Kansas Supreme Court Justice Melissa Standridge on Tuesday announced plans for a two-day summit next year to brainstorm innovative solutions for problems surrounding child welfare in Kansas.
Standridge said the summit would be a collaboration among the three branches of government, the legal community, child welfare partners and experts, and families and children with lived experience within the foster care system.
She announced the summit during a daylong training program on child welfare law in Topeka, where she was joined by Chief Justice Marla Luckert, Department for Children and Families secretary Laura Howard, Senate President Ty Masterson, and House Majority Leader Chris Croft.
Standridge said her enthusiasm for the summit was driven by her personal experience as a foster and adoptive parent, extensive pro bono work as an attorney for parents, and the application of child welfare law in more than 100 cases as a Court of Appeals judge and Supreme Court justice.