- 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.
Celebrating Youth Who Speak Up for Youth
Throughout this legislative session we have celebrated many champions—legislators for sponsoring bills, Blueprint partners for spreading the word about kids’ issues, advocates for calling their elected officials on behalf of kids, and more—but another group of champions deserves our applause: … Continue Reading
First Do No Harm: A Role for Pediatricians and Healthcare Providers in Youth Justice Reform
A common principle exists in the medical field that physicians should “first, do no harm.” A new journal article by the American Academy of Pediatrics draws to light the need for that principle to be applied in the youth justice … Continue Reading
Kids Are Cheering! Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Bills Are Off to the Governor
While this year’s Kentucky General Assembly isn’t quite over because a couple of days remain for final concurrence between the two chambers, Kentucky kids can already cheer for big Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children legislative wins! Three Blueprint legislative priorities—SB 195, … Continue Reading
Guest Post: BE the Church to Help Vulnerable Kids in Your Community
By Pastor Dave Hamlin When you are left totally alone, more than anything else you need a companion. There is probably not a group of people more hurt and left out in our world today than children who experience abuse or neglect or … Continue Reading
Getting the Most out of the KIDS COUNT Data Center
Our annual County Data Book has quite a bit of county level data on how kids are faring across Kentucky’s counties, yet it represents a small fraction of the approximately 100 indicators we have posted to the KIDS COUNT Data … 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