Review state standard on child abuse

When a Kansas policy is out of step with all other states, it merits further review – particularly when it involves child abuse. As an Eagle news article reported last Sunday, Kansas is the only state in the country that requires clear and convincing evidence of child abuse or neglect before someone can be put on a state registry that bans him or her from living, working or regularly volunteering in a state-regulated child-care facility – including foster homes. Other states have a lower burden of proof. Kansas raised its standard in 2004 to be more consistent with state law. But 10 years of being it place, it is a good time to review the law to see if the higher standard is still appropriate or if it is putting children at risk and should be lowered.