Mara Powell

Statement from Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates

LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky continues to make strides in the ways in which we address child maltreatment reports and investigations to better serve the kids and families impacted. The Kentucky Senate once again demonstrated that commitment with passage of Senate Bill 48.

SB 48, sponsored by Senator Stephen Meredith, aims to improve transparency and functioning of the Ombudsman’s Office, among several other components to boost efficiency within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. The bill proposes relocating the Ombudsman’s Office to the state Auditor’s Office to create an independent place for people to contact with concerns and to reduce potential conflicts of interest within CHFS.

We commend Senator Meredith for his ongoing efforts to strengthen the child welfare system to ensure better outcomes for children and we thank the Kentucky Senate for their support of passage of SB 48.

Stay up-to-date on Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children priorities and other bills that are good for kids on our Kentucky General Assembly Bill Tracker.


About Kentucky Youth Advocates
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