Rep. Jim Ward Calls for Audit of Department for Children and Families after Schumm News Revealed

By Ranker, Luke | The Topeka Capital-Journal, December 3, 2015 | Go to article overview

Rep. Jim Ward Calls for Audit of Department for Children and Families after Schumm News Revealed


Ranker, Luke, The Topeka Capital-Journal


Questions about how Topeka Councilman Jonathan Schumm and his wife treated their adopted and foster children have prompted a Wichita lawmaker to request an audit of the Department for Children and Families.

Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, said news of the Schumms, which the Topeka Capital-Journal broke, renewed his concerns about DCF. Ward said Wednesday he plans to file a formal request for an investigation into whether DCF has discriminated against same-sex couples in adoptions and foster care.

A Wichita couple, Lisa and Tesa Hines, battled the Schumms in court for custody of a child. The couple had cared for the girl as a foster child since she was 5 days old under the impression they would be allowed to adopt her within six months, Tesa Hines said Sunday. The Schumms, who had adopted the girl's half-siblings, learned about her and wanted to adopt her, too.

The battle ended in October 2014, with the girl being placed with the Schumms. The Hineses believe they were discriminated against.

"They didn't want to place her with a gay couple," Lisa Hines said.

The Hineses' case prompts questions about DCF's handling of same- sex adoptions, Ward said. …

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