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Recent graduates of Morehead State social work program providing vital services for child welfare

Several graduates of Morehead State University’s social work program have joined the workforce providing vital services for the children of Kentucky and have earned a valuable certification. The Public Child Welfare Certification Program (PCWCP) was implemented by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and undergraduate social work programs to better serve the children and families in...

Community Based Services head tells committee Ky. is a ‘model on how to transform child welfare’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A high number of children in the foster care system have caused social workers to be overburdened, the commissioner of the Department of Community Based Services told a panel Monday. Eric Clark testified before the Health, Welfare and Family Services committee, saying the issue of a large number of children entering the foster care system is a national trend, and it leads...

Jessica Brown: New federal law gives Kentucky chance to reduce number of children in foster care

This summer, Kentucky social workers, educators, judges, prosecutors, nonprofit leaders, state legislators, and many others traveled across the state to learn about the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, its implementation in Kentucky, and what it will mean for families in the Commonwealth. The Family First Regional Convenings sought to share information about the federal legislation, the...

David Meade: Legislature maintains commitment to overhaul foster, kinship care programs

Recently, I read an article in the Frankfort State-Journal about a young man, Cameron Galloway. Cameron has lived most of his life in and out of foster care. He has seen firsthand how our state’s foster and child welfare system struggles to meet the needs of the very children it exists to serve. Cameron’s story reads like so many of the more than 10,000 children currently in foster care. Since...

Growing opioid epidemic results in more grandparents raising their grandchildren

An increasing number of grandparents are raising their grandchildren, largely because many of the children’s parents are addicted to heroin or prescription drugs, both increasing problems in rural areas, Teresa Wiltz reports for Stateline. In 2015, 2.9 million kids were living with their grandparents, up from 2.5 million in 2005. “Child welfare officials say drug addiction, especially...