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Launch of the Family First Act Communications & Advocacy Toolkit

Children and teens involved in the child welfare system do best in families, where there is a safe and stable environment that supports their growth and well-being. Passage of the bipartisan federal Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 (Family First) took important steps to realign federal funding to ensure children in foster care are placed with families and to prioritize critical supports, such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, in-home parent skill-based programs, and [...]

By |2019-10-24T12:49:03-05:00October 24th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Child Abuse is 100% Preventable: 5 Ways to Act

The Department for Community Based Services’ annual report on child fatalities and near fatalities due to abuse and neglect was released last month. This report is mandated by law and provides information on the fatalities and near fatalities due to the maltreatment of children under the age of 18 in Kentucky. The report details data on fatalities and near fatalities and discusses demographic information as well as perpetrator information and risk factors present in the [...]

By |2019-10-02T14:08:47-05:00October 2nd, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Kinship Caregiver Support Groups: A Shoulder to Lean On

There are nearly 100,000 Kentucky kids living in kinship care. While beneficial for children, kinship care can pose considerable financial, legal, and emotional challenges for caregivers. Research has shown that kinship caregivers go to great lengths to meet the needs of the relative children, however, their efforts often come at the expense of their own personal care. Social support contributes to caregivers’ ability to provide a nurturing environment for the children in their care [...]

By |2019-09-11T16:22:44-05:00September 11th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Kinship Care in Kentucky—What’s New?

When children cannot remain safely with their parents, grandparents, other relatives, and close family friends often step up to help raise them. There have been a lot of changes over the last few months in Kentucky around services and supports related to relatives and close family friends raising children, also known as kinship care and fictive kin care. To learn more, check out the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ new KY FACES website. If [...]

By |2019-07-18T08:55:44-05:00July 17th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Join the Conversation: Family First Regional Convenings

*Many venues for the regional convenings are at capacity. Please review the list below for those not yet sold out as well as links to view the presentations live via Facebook. Find resources from past convenings here. The Federal Family First Prevention Services Act can be implemented as early as October of 2019, and Kentucky is committed to being one of the first states to implement it. Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with the Department [...]

By |2019-09-05T13:07:03-05:00May 16th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Five Ways to Help Ensure Every Kid is Safe and Has a Family

As Kentucky has seen an increase in the number of children in foster care, many agencies, organizations, and individuals are working in innovative and collaborative ways to respond to the needs of children who’ve experienced abuse or neglect. Below are a few examples of work that is underway in Frankfort and around the state. We’re also sharing five ways you can get involved in the new year to help ensure every kid is safe and [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:56:27-05:00December 20th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

What is the Family First Preservation Services Act?

There are a lot of changes happening within the child welfare system in Kentucky due to recent state policy changes, agency commitments from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and both state and federal funding that will have a profound impact on how our child welfare system functions and supports Kentucky children and families. The Cabinet has begun work on implementing House Bill 1, along with other needed reforms to transform the way our [...]

By |2018-10-18T21:12:09-05:00October 18th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Federal & State Wins for Kids to Celebrate During Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month and we’re celebrating state and federal legislative changes that will positively impact youth in foster care in 2018 and beyond. Two major legislative reforms happened in recent months, first in Congress, and then in the Kentucky legislature. We discussed here how House Bill 1, which received bipartisan support by the Kentucky Senators and Representatives, will help ensure more kids in Kentucky have safe, permanent homes. These changes will be [...]

By |2018-08-01T12:29:32-05:00May 16th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

A Deep Dive into House Bill 1

As House Bill 1 moves through the Kentucky legislature, we wanted to take a deeper look into the specifics of the bill and its components. HB 1, which is co-sponsored by Representatives David Meade and Joni Jenkins, seeks to keep kids safe and improve how Kentucky responds to and supports families. The bill is a big step toward getting us to a place where all the parts of the child welfare system and related policies [...]

By |2018-05-14T12:57:03-05:00March 22nd, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

March is Social Work Month (But We Should Celebrate Every Month!)

As a practicing social worker and a supervisor to social work students, I take a lot of pride in the profession. Social workers play the role of researchers, advocates, mediators, therapists, brokers, and many, many more identities that involve empowering individuals and groups. As we consider the role social workers play in Kentucky, consider where you see social workers in action: schools, hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, universities, and in the halls of our state [...]

By |2018-04-03T10:34:06-05:00March 22nd, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|