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.

 

Priorities

  • 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.

 

Initiatives

  • 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

  • Congress, Stand Up for Kids and Put Families First

    family-first-2-300x300Kids 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!

    VoteForKidsYour 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

  • Restraints at Schools Present Risks to Students and Staff

    TerryBrooks-KYA-featThis post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier-Journal on September 20, 2016. Read it online here. Children in Kentucky’s public schools spend a minimum of 170 days a year in the classroom. For some students, one or more of their days … Continue Reading

  • Do Something Grand: Grandparents Day 2016

    Ruby and GrandmaIn September, the nation celebrates grandparents. Grandparents can play several roles in a child’s life, including role model, friend, and caregiver. They do extraordinary things like providing child care as respite for parents and making children feel special in order … Continue Reading

  • Should My Baby Be Doing That? (And More Developmental Questions from a New Parent)

    NashUnbelievably, I have now been a parent for more than eight months. I have spent 2/3 of a year raising another human being and have mostly enjoyed the wild, hilarious, unexpected ride that parenting has been. I have never had … Continue Reading

More from our Blog

Publications

Resources

Report-Child-Abuse150 If 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/

 

FaceIt_info 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

 

grandma-and-girl150 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

 

KinshipCare150 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