Gov. Kelly signed an executive order creating a division that will help protect Kansas families and children

Lawrence, KANSAS – According to the statement, the new executive order establishes the Division of the Child Advocate.

Officials say that this an accountability structure to protect Kansas families within the child welfare system.

The main duties of the Division of Child Advocate include compiling complaints on behalf of children within the child welfare system, reviewing practices of agents in the system, and educating children and families on their rights and entitlements under state and federal law.

Governor Laura Kelly released the following statement:

“For years, our state’s essential family services were neglected and underfunded, leaving our kids and families more vulnerable than ever before. Fixing those systemic problems has been a top priority for my administration, and the Division of the Child Advocate is a significant step forward to ensure every Kansas child is protected from harm.”

This story will be updated as new information become available.