They may look and act like sisters, but 13-year-old Constance is a foster care child and Stacey Rucker is a case worker. Due to an overload in cases, at one point Rucker transferred her case because she couldn't handle the case load.
Other case managers are also overburdened by an increasing number of kids needing help. That is why case workers are thrilled to hear county commissioners approved a plan to double staff size within the county foster care program.
Comcare Director Marilyn Cook says the addition of new case managers will bring continuity to program and stability to children's lives.
Right now Sedgwick County provide foster care services to 90 children. Tthe state allows a case manager a case load of up to 15 children. With the addition of staff, foster care officials believe they'll have the help they need to provide kids with even better care.