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Committee hears complaints from foster parents about treatment by private agencies, social workers

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Several foster parents appeared before the General Assembly’s Child Welfare Oversight and Advisory Committee on Monday to complain about their treatment by both private agencies and social workers with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Among them was Kennedy Robertson of Campbellsville, who fostered four children and said she was even required to have her father...

Foster, adoptive parents honored; families recognized for permanent, transitional childcare

Gov. Matt Bevin and officials within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services recently honored several families from across the state for their service as adoptive and foster parents to some of the state’s most vulnerable children. Bevin recognized the families for providing stability to children in foster care. “I truly could not thank...

Kentucky to unveil new digital platform to support transition-age youth in foster care

A new digital portal called Kentucky RISE (Resources for Independence, Success and Empowerment) is set to be unveiled Wednesday at the Kentucky Independent Living Youth Empowerment Conference in Lexington. The new website is part of a rebranding project for the state’s independent living program for transition-age youth in the foster care system. The web-based portal, kyrise.ky.gov, will be accessible...

State providing financial assistance to family foster caregivers; relatives, fictive kin could get payments

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has begun financial assistance payments to eligible relative and fictive kin caregivers with children placed in their home by CHFS. An October 2017 federal court ruling by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case D.O. v. Glisson requires that Kentucky must pay relatives who serve as foster parents in the same manner it pays adults...