HONEST AND COMPASSIONATE LEGAL GUIDANCE FOR FAMILIES
Parents, professional caregivers, and adults working with children may find themselves the subject of an investigation conducted by the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF). During their investigation, DCF will interview the minor children involved, the alleged perpetrator, and any other material witnesses. DCF may work with law enforcement (if there’s an allegation that could give rise to a criminal charge) or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (if there’s an allegation of abuse or neglect that occurred in a licensed childcare facility). At the conclusion of an investigation of abuse or neglect, DCF is required to issue a finding: unsubstantiated, affirmed, or substantiated.
DCF is required to provide a formal notice of department finding at the conclusion of their investigation. In that notice, they must provide you with the name of the alleged victim, the name of the alleged perpetrator, the nature of the allegation, the finding, and a specific reason for the finding.