Kansas’ new leader of child welfare vows to be transparent as improvements are made

Laura Howard, secretary of Kansas’ Department for Children and Families, has identified ways the troubled state system can improve.
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Laura Howard, secretary of Kansas’ Department for Children and Families, has identified ways the troubled state system can improve.

Laura Bauer came to The Star in 2005 after spending much of her life in southwest Missouri. She’s a member of the investigative team focusing on watchdog journalism. In her 25-year career, Laura’s stories on child welfare, human trafficking, crime and Kansas secrecy have been nationally recognized.