Child Welfare & Safety

All children need safe homes and caring families in order to thrive. In Kentucky, too many children experience abuse and neglect, exposure to caregivers who are impaired by substance abuse, preventable childhood injuries, and other threats to their development. In the face of such challenges, Kentucky should work to strengthen and keep families safely together by providing access to treatment and support. When removal from the home is necessary, children and youth do best when they can live with relatives, known as kinship care, or with foster families.



  • 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.


Blog Posts

  • Kentucky Needs a Revolution to End Abuse

    This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on April 26, 2017. Henry Grunwald, TIME magazine’s former editor-in-chief, asserts that journalism must speak immediately, “while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror … Continue Reading

  • Ending Child Abuse is Up to All of Us

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Kentucky Youth Advocates is a proud partner of the Face It® Movement to End Child Abuse. The Face It Movement was conceived and created in 2012 as a response to the public outcry … Continue Reading

  • Kids Win When Leaders Step Up

    The 2017 legislative session recently wrapped up, and kids and families won on several fronts. The General Assembly took action on a number of Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children legislative priorities ranging from supporting children who have to be removed from … Continue Reading

  • Guest Post: When Parenting Doesn’t Go As Planned

    This post originally appeared as a blog on the Face It Movement to end child abuse website. By Erin Warmbier Being a parent is a lesson in “Things Not Going As Planned,” and also a lesson in “Being Humbled Around … Continue Reading

  • Guest Post: Lessons in the Marathon to End Child Abuse

    This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on March 29, 2017. By Jerry Ward Spring in Louisville means that more than simply horses run. A quick perusal of the local running calendar reveals over 20 marathons, mini-marathons and … Continue Reading

More from our Blog



If you believe a child is being abused or neglected you should report it:

Call 1-877-597-2331 or visit


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 infographic


The 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 Affidavit


Learn more about relatives raising children in Kentucky:

View our Kinship Families Infographic


kidscount_dc150x90Find state and county level data on child safety:

Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center