Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates
Today, the House Health and Family Services Committee expressed their commitment to supporting children in the care of relative and fictive kin caregivers in Kentucky. We applaud Representative Chris Fugate for championing House Bill 2 to establish the development of supportive services, including, but not limited to, monetary supports, for kinship and fictive kin caregivers who step up to care for a child who is a relative or close family friend.
Children do better when they are placed with relatives as they experience less trauma when separated from parents, better educational outcomes, and fewer behavioral issues. Supporting our caregivers ensures our children have every opportunity for success.
We thank Representative Fugate for sponsoring House Bill 2 as a good first step to better supporting Kentucky’s kinship families. We also thank the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for their support of this legislation.
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About Kentucky Youth Advocates
Kentucky Youth Advocates believes all children deserve to be safe, healthy, and secure. As THE independent voice for Kentucky’s children, we work to ensure policymakers create investments and policies that are good for children. Learn more at www.kyyouth.org.
I am happy to hear that the kinship issue is finally being addressed. Those of us that are struggling financially while caring for these loved ones are hoping to get some answers soon. Thank you for your support.