Mara Powell

Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

We applaud the House Health and Family Services Committee for passing HB 180, sponsored by Committee Chair Representative Addia Wuchner, to allow close family friends to serve as kinship caregivers. This type of placement with a close family friend offers a beneficial alternative to foster care and helps to relieve trauma children often face upon removal from their home.

We appreciate the work of the First Lady’s Office and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in supporting this bill and helping vulnerable kids find caring homes with adults that they trust.