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Child Abuse Laws in Kansas

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Child Abuse Laws in Kansas


Definition of Child Abuse and Neglect


To better understand this issue and to view it across states, see the Definitions of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws publication (PDF - 665 KB)


Physical Abuse
Citation: 2006 Kan. ALS Ch. 200, § 2


[Note: This 2006 Act repealed Kan. Stat. § 38-1502.]

Physical, mental, or emotional abuse means the infliction of physical, mental, or emotional harm, or the causing of a deterioration of a child, and may include, but shall not be limited to, maltreatment or exploiting a child to the extent that the child's health or emotional well-being is endangered.


Neglect
Citation: 2006 Kan. ALS Ch. 200, § 2


Neglect means acts or omissions by a parent, guardian, or person responsible for the care of a child resulting in harm to a child or presenting a likelihood of harm, and the acts or omissions are not due solely to the lack of financial means of the child's parents or other custodian. Neglect may include but shall not be limited to:

  • Failure to provide the child with food, clothing, or shelter necessary to sustain the life or health of the child
  • Failure to provide adequate supervision of a child or to remove a child from a situation that requires judgment or actions beyond the child's level of maturity, physical condition, or mental abilities and that results in bodily injury or a likelihood of harm to the child
  • Failure to use resources available to treat a diagnosed medical condition if such treatment will make a child substantially more comfortable, reduce pain and suffering, or correct or substantially diminish a crippling condition from worsening


Sexual Abuse
Citation: 2006 Kan. ALS Ch. 200, § 2


Sexual abuse means any contact or interaction with a child in which the child is being used for the sexual stimulation of the perpetrator, the child, or another person. Sexual abuse shall include allowing, permitting, or encouraging a child to engage in prostitution or to be photographed, filmed, or depicted in pornographic material.


Emotional Abuse
Citation: 2006 Kan. ALS Ch. 200, § 2


Physical, mental, or emotional abuse means the infliction of physical, mental, or emotional harm or the causing of a deterioration of a child and may include, but shall not be limited to, maltreatment or exploiting a child to the extent that the child's health or emotional well-being is endangered.


Abandonment
Citation: 2006 Kan. ALS Ch. 200, § 2


Abandon or abandonment means to forsake, desert, or, without making appropriate provisions for substitute care, cease providing care for the child.


Standards for Reporting
Citation: 2006 Kan. ALS Ch. 200, § 2


A report is required when the acts or omissions of the parent result in harm to the child.


Persons Responsible for the Child
Citation: 2006 Kan. ALS Ch. 200, § 2


Parent, when used in relation to a child or children, includes a guardian and every person who is by law liable to maintain, care for, or support the child.


Exceptions
Citation: 2006 Kan. ALS Ch. 200, § 2


A parent legitimately practicing religious beliefs who does not provide specified medical treatment for a child because of religious beliefs shall not for that reason be considered a negligent parent. This exception shall not preclude a court from ordering medical treatment for the child.


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