- 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.
Alarms Sounding, Kids Need Help
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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
Announcing the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2017 Priorities!
Last year we unveiled a new Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children with three cornerstones: thriving communities, strong families, and successful kids. Today, we’re launching the 2017 Blueprint policy priorities with partners and youth from across the state with those cornerstones in … Continue Reading
Youth Reflections on the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council
Through a partnership with Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kosair Charities®, and Casey Family Programs, First Lady Glenna Bevin invited youth and young adults from across the state with diverse backgrounds to come together as the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council (FLYLC) … 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