As of 2016, Kansas ranked 5th highest in the nation for out-of-home placements.
As of 2017, 80% of out-of-home placements for youth were low- to moderate-risk, indicating inappropriate placements.
Kansas placements are down 37% but length of stay has increased.
While reform efforts are demonstrating success in some areas, systemic changes often face hurdles, time-sensitive challenges, and place-level handicaps. For instance, if a youth in Cheyenne Cunty needs to access services in Lawrence (as one example), the drive is 407 miles, or six hours one way.
An urban ethnocentrism often neglects unique needs of rural communities.