In order to appeal a case brought under the Revised Kansas
Code for Care of Children, K.S.A. 2010 Supp. 38-2201 et seq., one must be a party or an
interested party in the case. In addition, only certain orders are appealable. K.S.A. 2010 2
Supp. 38-2273. The Secretary of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) appealed a
placement order made by a magistrate judge to the district court. The district court found
that it lacked jurisdiction to hear SRS's appeal because SRS was neither a party nor an
interested party as defined by the statute, nor was a placement order an appealable order.
SRS appeals the district court's denial of its appeal. The Kansas Court of Appeals agreed, and affirmed on the ground that SRS lacked standing to appeal the placement order.
The entire opinion may be read here:
In re C.E.