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Kinship Care in Kentucky Featured on KET Connections

By | 2015-08-27T11:35:56+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Kentucky has one of the highest rates in the nation of children being raised by grandparents and other relatives, also known as kinship care. Research tells us that this is the best option for children who cannot stay safely with their parents. Yet kinship care poses unique financial, emotional, and legal challenges.

This Friday, KET’s Renee Shaw will explore the challenges facing kinship caregivers in Kentucky as part of her Connections series. She tells the story of Jeanne Miller-Jacobs, who juggles running an in-home business with caring for her three young grandchildren. Renee also interviews Kentucky Youth Advocates executive director Terry Brooks about public policy choices state leaders can make to better support kinship families, reunify children with their parents, and keep children out of foster care.

Connections with Renee Shaw: Kinship Care airs this Friday, August 28th, at 5 pm ET on KET2 and Sunday, August 30th, at 1:30 pm ET on KET (main channel). It will repeat several times the following week and will be available to watch online. You can also preview Renee’s interviews with Jeanne Miller-Jacobs and Terry Brooks below.

Are you interested in joining advocacy efforts to increase supports for kinship families? Visit the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky website at to find resources and learn more about ways to get involved.


  1. patti richardson August 28, 2015 at 7:11 am - Reply

    looking forward to this show. I am a grandmother raising 5 grandchildren and struggling financially.We dont get kinshipcare.We receive 383.00 a month for all 5 which is not enough.We only receive 132.00 for foodstamps a month.We need help

    • Jessie Whitish September 3, 2015 at 12:41 pm - Reply

      Thank you for stepping up for your grandchildren, Patti. Kin like you are such an important safety net for kids–but it’s definitely a tough job. Our case advocacy program may be able to help with some specific issues. Contact program coordinator DeWayne Westmoreland at or 502-895-8167, x. 111.

      The Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky also has great connections to other kinship caregivers and family support networks. If you would like more information, please contact Shannon Moody at or 502-895-8167, x. 126.

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