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Brownback Favors Audit Of Child And Families Services Agency

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Gov. Sam Brownback says he favors an audit of the state's foster care and adoption programs.

The governor made the comments Tuesday amid criticism that the Department for Children and Families discriminates against same-sex couples in adoptions and foster care.

The Kansas City Star reports Brownback disagreed with calls for Phyllis Gilmore to be removed as head of the DCF, saying Gilmore has strong experience and the background for the job.

Several same-sex couples have said recently that the DCF treated them unfairly, including removing children from lesbian foster parents who wanted to adopt.

Brownback says the state's placement policy focuses on the best interest of the child. He also said federal and state laws favor keeping siblings together and placing children with relatives when possible.