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Guest Blog: Helping Foster Children Keep Basic Medical and Mental Health Coverage

By Michelle Sanborn, Children's Alliance The landmark bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 was, in my opinion, the most significant reform to federal child welfare policy in decades. Family First includes policy improvements to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care. It helps ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their needs, when foster care is needed. Family [...]

By |2021-09-15T18:21:36-04:00September 15th, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Kinship Caregivers, State Leaders, and Advocates Attend Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit

Kinship Caregivers, State Leaders, and Advocates Attend Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit Governor Proclaims September as Kinship Care Awareness Month LOUISVILLE, KY – Dozens of kinship caregivers, child welfare stakeholders, policy makers, and advocates from across Kentucky virtually gathered today for the Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit. Two years after the federal Family First Act implementation, over a year out from a global pandemic, a lawsuit that rose to the level of the Supreme Court, and several [...]

By |2021-09-02T11:32:05-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

12 Months Later: Family First Virtual Forums in Kentucky

Throughout the month of November 2020 there will be a round of nine virtual forums related to the federal Family First Prevention Services Act with the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Department for Community Based Services, and Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with Casey Family Programs.  In the summer of 2019, the same groups hosted nine in-person regional forums to introduce Kentuckians to the Family First Prevention Services Act and get a better [...]

By |2020-12-14T12:19:23-05:00October 27th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Kentucky’s Family First Prevention Plan Was Approved—So What and What’s Next?

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recently publicly announced the federal government’s acceptance of the Kentucky Family First Prevention Plan. The Department for Community Based Services and others who have been awaiting patiently for approval quickly cheered and then went back to work. We at Kentucky Youth Advocates wanted to take a moment to pause and properly celebrate the major piece of the Child Welfare Transformation pie that will lend to keeping more [...]

By |2020-06-04T14:21:06-04:00June 4th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Updates on the Family First Prevention Services Act and the Impact on Kentucky Kids

By Emily Anderson, Kentucky Youth Advocates inten On October 1, 2019, Kentucky began implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 (FFPSA) to provide better services for families at risk of entering the child welfare system and to improve the well-being of those children that are already in foster care. In order to make the transition to this act easier, Congress has passed the Family First Transition and Support Act. The provisions of [...]

By |2020-02-11T13:10:48-05:00February 11th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Launch of the Family First Act Communications & Advocacy Toolkit

Children and teens involved in the child welfare system do best in families, where there is a safe and stable environment that supports their growth and well-being. Passage of the bipartisan federal Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 (Family First) took important steps to realign federal funding to ensure children in foster care are placed with families and to prioritize critical supports, such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, in-home parent skill-based programs, and [...]

By |2019-10-24T12:49:03-04:00October 24th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Complex Issues of Child Welfare System Deserve Creative Solutions from All

This was originally posted as an op-ed by the Courier Journal on August 19, 2019.  By Keith Inman and Terry Brooks Kentucky’s kids owe a debt of gratitude to the Courier Journal’s editor, Rick Green, for making a considerable commitment of resources to focus on abuse and neglect in Kentucky. That gratitude extends to Debby Yetter, whose reporting prowess highlighted the multitude of factors that are contributing to the tragic state of this commonwealth when it comes to the [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:51:21-04:00August 19th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

The Family First Act and You!

Social workers and educators, judges and prosecutors, nonprofit leaders, state legislators, and many other advocates for Kentucky kids and families have been travelling near and far over the last few weeks to learn more about the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, implementation in Kentucky, and what it will mean for Kentucky families. The Family First Regional Convenings seek to share information about the federal legislation, anticipated changes in Kentucky over the coming months and [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:52:01-04:00June 26th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Keeping Kentucky Kids in Families: Steps Ahead, Miles to Go

Though the data show stagnant progress from 2007 to 2017, Kentucky has recently demonstrated its commitment to prioritizing family-based placements for children in foster care, according to “Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S. Foster Care Placement,” a new data snapshot released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® project. In 2017, Kentucky had 81 percent of children in foster care placed in a family setting, such as relative foster care, non-relative foster [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:54:57-04:00April 2nd, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Upset Wins for Kentucky Kids

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Herald Leader on March 15, 2019.  A high and holy season in the Bluegrass is upon us – March Madness. I will deeply dive into the metrics of winning basketball before completing my bracket. And my grandkids will consider elements like favorite mascots and team colors before completing theirs – and they will beat me. So, while I may be unable to accurately project winners, this I know: [...]

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