- 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.
Investing in What Works – For Kids, For Families and For Communities
Kentucky has seen substantial progress in the past couple of years on the number of youth locked up in Kentucky. As Justice Cabinet Secretary John Tilley shared in a recent interview, we’ve safely reduced the youth prison population by half … Continue Reading
Guest Post: Coping with Parental Incarceration
By Nikkia Rhodes and Judi Jennings This summer, Nikkia Rhodes and 10 more young people participated in a five-day Summer Art Camp held at YouthBuild Louisville for friends and families with incarcerated loved ones. The Special Project created the camp … Continue Reading
Why are Kentucky’s Kids Continuing to Die from Abuse and Neglect?
Children should never be just numbers in a report. Especially when those numbers are about kids who have died or suffered serious injury as a result of abuse or neglect. Every child deserves to be safe from harm, yet the … Continue Reading
Congress, Stand Up for Kids and Put Families First
Kids win when elected leaders stand up for them and their families. That’s just what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul have been doing for Kentucky kids in Washington, DC. Thanks to Majority Leader McConnell’s leadership and … Continue Reading
Vote for Kids!
Your vote is your voice! In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, we encourage all Kentuckians of voting age to register. The November 8th ballot will include presidential candidates, as well as U.S. representatives and senators, Kentucky state representatives and senators, … 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