Mara Powell

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates

LOUISVILLE, KY – As the Commonwealth continues to reform the child welfare system, a critical component that must be considered is following the death of a child. Today, the House Judiciary Committee honored that notion with passage of Senate Bill 97. The measure, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, will strengthen efforts following a child fatality or near fatality, including requiring coroners to immediately notify law enforcement, the Department for Community Based Services, and local health department upon the death of a child. SB 97 also strengthens the External Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel, which is tasked with reviewing cases and making recommendations to relevant state agencies to prevent these horrific outcomes from happening again.

With our partners in the Kosair Charities Face It Movement, we thank Senator Carroll for championing SB 97 and Chairman Massey and members of the House Judiciary Committee for supporting its passage today. We now call on the full House to ensure this measure reaches the Governor’s desk before the General Assembly’s final gavel in April.

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.


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