Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates
Child abuse is a community issue, and there are many ways to we can all play a role in prevention. Today, the Kentucky House confirmed state lawmakers’ role in prevention by passing Senate Bill 40 through consent orders.
SB 40, championed by Senator Ralph Alvarado, will ensure foster care agencies have access to the necessary information about employees, empowering them to make an informed decision on allowing that person to work with children. This safety measure will close the gaps in fingerprint background checks and provide both the private and public agencies working with children in the foster care system the necessary information about their potential and current employees.
Keeping kids safe is an adult responsibility. We applaud the Kentucky House for supporting SB 40 and thank Senator Alvarado for being a champion for kids in foster care. We now ask Governor Andy Beshear to prioritize foster children’s safety by signing SB 40 into law.
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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.