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.
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Call 1-877-597-2331 or visit https://prd.chfs.ky.gov/ReportAbuse/
View the Face It® Movement infographic
Download the kinship affidavit form here: Kinship Caregiver Authorization Affidavit
View our Kinship Families Infographic
Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center