- Support prevention and effective responses to child abuse and trauma by child-serving professionals, including child care providers, schools, and health care providers.
- Invest in substance abuse treatment, family preservation programs, and support services that can keep families safely together.
- Increase financial and other supports for children raised by grandparents and other relatives, known as kinship care.
- Ensure kinship families are informed of all available services and supports, legal options, and how to access the courts to ensure safety, permanency and well-being for children in their care.
- Ensure that foster youth who transition to adulthood without a permanent family have uninterrupted access to the health care coverage for which they are eligible until age 26.
- Face It® – Initiative led by Kosair Charities to end child abuse and neglect in Jefferson County by 2023.
- Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky – Raising awareness of the issues surrounding kinship care in Kentucky and promoting policies that increase supports for kinship families.
- Kentucky Strengthening Families – Partnership promoting resources, supports, and coping strategies to help children and their families deal with stress, increase school readiness, and prevent child abuse and neglect.
A Journey to Find a Family
When the child welfare system enters a child’s life and determines they are not safe at home, the child’s journey into the out-of-home care system begins. Potential placements include: A recent story on NPR’s Youth Radio details a young man’s … Continue Reading
Kentucky Youth Speak Up: Hands Holding You!
We know that youth in Kentucky are key to creating positive change for kids, and their leadership galvanizes other youth, parents, educators, community leaders, and legislators. In the Kentucky Youth Speak Up series, students advocate for policies, encourage other youth to serve … Continue Reading
Alarms Sounding, Kids Need Help
This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on December 28, 2016. I was genuinely touched and felt some steel in my patriotic veins as we paused to remember the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Even though I’m on … Continue Reading
I Know You Want to Hug the Baby, but Let’s Ask Him First
The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes a series of festive gatherings. If your family or group of friends is anything like mine, you’ve already been to some holiday parties and still have other family gatherings ahead … Continue Reading
Guest Post: Let’s Ensure School Safety for All Students
By Amanda Bear Schools should be a safe, secure place for all children. A recent report released by Children’s Law Center, Inc. finds the use of restraint and seclusion on children in Kentucky schools is often unnecessary – especially for young … Continue Reading
ResourcesIf you believe a child is being abused or neglected you should report it:
Call 1-877-597-2331 or visit https://prd.chfs.ky.gov/ReportAbuse/Learn more about normal childhood stages, how to recognize and report abuse, and what you can do to prevent child abuse:
View the Face It® Movement infographicThe following affidavit form can be used by kinship caregivers without a legal relationship with children in their care to obtain access to health care and educational services for them:
Download the kinship affidavit form here: Kinship Caregiver Authorization AffidavitLearn more about relatives raising children in Kentucky:
View our Kinship Families InfographicFind state and county level data on child safety:
Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center