As a result of growing debt, Lutheran Social Service of Kansas/Oklahoma closed its doors in October.
In 1996, the agency was the first contracted private group to provide special-needs adoption services for Kansas. In 2000, the agency was underbid for that role but continued to provide the services as a state subcontractor for two years. But the cost of providing for children in the system became too much for the agency, and it declined a third year of subcontracted placements.
For a business plan that would have allowed its foster care, infant adoption, pregnancy counseling and disaster response services to continue, the agency needed additional funding that it couldn't secure.
The agency is currently negotiating with other Lutheran organizations and social service agencies to secure services for its clients.
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