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Kansas Will Not Prevent Single Adults From Serving As Foster Parents

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A spokeswoman for the Kansas Department for Children and Families says it will not prevent single adults from serving as foster parents for abused and neglected children. Questions have arisen about the department's plans because it is reviewing foster care policies.

Reports earlier this month said state officials were considering policy changes that would prohibit couples who aren’t married from being foster parents.

In an interview with the Associated Press, agency spokeswoman Theresa Freed said that the department has never considered excluding single adults from being foster parents just because they are single.

Freed says the department isn't making any statement about its position on legally married same-sex couples serving together as foster parents.

Before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last month, Kansas allowed gays and lesbians to serve as foster parents as single adults.