The site where Kansas lays has served as a trading center for nomadic hunters for at least 11 thousand years. It was also visited by Francisco Coronado in the 1500's while on his search for the "cities of gold". It was over 300 years later in the 1860's when it was established as a trading post by Jesse Chisholm. Chisholm traded cattle and other goods with the Wichita tribe there. Later on Chisholm was eclipsed by three buffalo hunters and traders, James Mead, William Greiffenstein and Buffalo Bill Mathewson. They led the first commercial development in the area and all three became key landowners of what is known Wichita.
Hunters, farmers and Native Americans all turned to the new settlement as a primary trading center for the area and the early area entrepreneurs started an aggressive sales campaign aimed at luring more settlers there. The city was officially incorporated in 1870 with its town charter signatories including Catherine "The Widow" McCarty whose son would later become the infamous "Billy the Kid".
By 1890, Wichita had become the third largest city in the state of Kansas with a population of almost 24,000 due to a large boom in the general area. However, the city would then go on to a 15 year period of depression and slow growth once this boom ended.
Today, Wichita has a population of 386,000 people making it the 49th largest city in the United States. Its metropolitan population is 637,000.
Call for Drug Testing of Kansas Foster Parents May Not Be Enough:
Recently two foster parents allegedly left their 10 month old adopted daughter in their car while they got high and watched TV. This resulted in her death from heat exposure. The outrage from this incident caused some to call for mandatory drug testing for foster parents. After all if job applicants have to undergo drug testing, why shouldn't prospective foster parents?
However, several experts on the child welfare system feel that this may not be as much help as it seems. First of all, drug testing is costly and if these costs were to be put on the state, then the child welfare system would have even less funds with which to care for the children. Of course these costs could be put on the applying parents, but it may act as a means of discouraging them from adopting, even if they have no history of drug use.
Another concern is with the inaccuracy of drug testing. This is not only in the possibility of false positives or negatives, but in that the tests are often times more of a snapshot of the current scene. A person may be clean the day of the test and depending on the type of drug they use and when they last used it could still get clean test results.
Currently, there is no mandatory drug testing for foster parents, however ones that are suspected of illegal drug use are tested. The subject is not dropped entirely though, they are looking for a more workable way to reduce the amount of drug users who get approved as foster parents. It is understood that of course everybody wants to know that all the children are going to be safe from having drug addicted foster parents, but that day has not yet come.
Substance Abuse Among Parents is the Main Reason Kansas Children are Removed from their Homes:
The 11 year old daughter of a meth addicted mother was taken away from her home and sent into the foster care program after her mother was caught abusing drugs. She admitted to abusing meth throughout the day while her daughter was outside or playing in her room. Her daughter had even known about her drug habit and had begged her to stop, afraid that she would be taken away as her cousins had earlier.
This is unfortunately not a lone occasion, more children are sent into foster care because of drug and alcohol abusing parents than other reason in the Kansas foster care system, including physical abuse, neglect, sexual abuse and the death of a parent or parents. Of the 3,805 children removed from their homes in 2014, 747 were removed due to parental substance abuse.
Of course, with drugs and alcohol often comes neglect, physical, mental and sometimes sexual abuse as well. Because of this there is some crossing on the reasons for removal, however the primary reason is often easy to find and this is what the numbers are based off of.
The DCF responds to drug abuses cases individually, there is no set pattern for the investigation or decision. Each case is taken on and they gather as much information as possible. Depending on what they find they will work real hard with the parents to make a change and try to get them to get help or stop their abuse of drugs or alcohol so that the children can remain with them if at all possible.
Despite all the work put in to keep the families together, all too often the addicts choose their addiction over their family and the state has to remove the children to protect them.
Wichita Drug Rehab Options:
Wichita has more drug rehab centers than most areas in Kansas with a total of 38 centers available for those that are looking for help from drug and alcohol addiction or are seeking help for a loved one.
With this many options you are able to easily call and find just the center that meets what you are looking for. Special programs are available at many of these centers that can cater specifically to various needs such as:
- Pregnant or postpartum women
- Teens and adolescents
- DUI or DWI offenders
- Criminal justice offenders
- People with HIV or AIDS
- Seniors or older adults
- Programs just for men
- Programs just for women
Additionally with this many options, you have many different ways to pay for the program including support for:
- State Financed Payment
- Private Health Insurance
- Military Insurance
- Self-Payment with Sliding Scale Fees