This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss kinship care in Kentucky amidst COVID-19, the important role of support groups, and what advocates can do to stand up for kinship families. We also presented a new handbook for relative caregivers to use as a resource as they navigate caring for vulnerable children and understanding the complex child welfare system. Panelists include Mary Jo Dendy, Family Resource Center Coordinator with Fayette County Public Schools; Norma Hatfield, President of the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky; and Angela Stephens, a kinship caregiver.

This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kentucky kids and the systems that influence their lives – health care, education, early childhood education and care, child welfare, youth justice, economic security, and more. View our COVID-19 page for more information.