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Community volunteers continue to advocate for abused children during COVID-19 pandemic

Despite COVID-19, community volunteers have continued to answer the call to be the voice for abused and neglected children in our community. CASA of the River Region completed its first virtual training class, spread over five weeks, graduating 11 dedicated citizens to become CASA advocates. “For the second year in a row, Kentucky has had the highest number of child abuse and neglect cases in the...

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky provides critical training to strengthen communities after pandemic

Preparing Kentucky for a prosperous future after the COVID-19 pandemic begins with our youngest citizens. The latest social science shows creating healthy connections for our children help them grow into adults who strengthen Kentucky communities and build our economy. Times of high stress and uncertainty increase the risk of exposure to violence or trauma that can affect growing brains, but child...

Beshear says more social workers needed to protect Kentucky children, supports additional staffing

Gov. Andy Beshear and Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Acting Secretary Eric Friedlander met with social work staff to talk about the needs of state child welfare professionals and how Beshear’s proposal to add 350 more staff can help better protect families and children. Beshear and Friedlander visited the L and N Building in Louisville – which houses the state’s largest social...

Kosair Charities to host training aimed at educating Kentuckians on recognizing signs of child abuse

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Training sessions on how to recognize early signs of child abuse will be held this week in Louisville and Lexington. The events, run by Kosair Charities’s “Face It” movement, are designed to educate social workers, early-childhood educators, emergency medical service providers and concerned community members on how to spot red-flag bruising on children....

Children’s Alliance partners with Anthem Medicaid to offer social workers free continuing education

In an effort to support Kentucky’s vulnerable children and families, Anthem is partnering with Children’s Alliance to offer its members free continuing education credits (CEUs) to enhance the clinical skills/support that clinicians need and value to provide quality service. “Due to the generous support of Anthem, we are excited to offer 200 clinicians with free online access to 81 trainings that...

A single mom and combat veteran, ‘scared to death’ about losing daughter, suing CHFS social workers

By Judy Clabes KyForward special editor Nikkie Holliday is an army brat who followed in the footsteps of two career military parents to spend 10 years in the Army, rising to Staff Sergeant. She spent 27 months in Iraq and Afghanistan, unafraid to serve her country in the most dangerous places. But she was “scared to death” the day a social worker threatened to take away her three-year-old daughter...

Judge Bertlesman denies ‘qualified immunity’ to social workers in Holly and David Schulker’s lawsuit

By Judy Clabes KyForward publisher U.S. District Senior Judge William O. Bertelsman issued a rare ruling in a Covington lawsuit when he denied “qualified immunity” for two social workers employed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Qualified immunity” is rarely – if ever – set aside for social workers in Kentucky, growing as it does from “sovereign immunity” of...

Bevin adjusts pay of ‘front line workers,’ including social workers and corrections officers

The Governor’s Office has announced that in an effort to retain and recruit social workers, and to fulfill Gov. Matt Bevin’s pledge to increase the pay of our front line workers, social workers and family support employees across the Commonwealth of Kentucky will see an increase in their pay effective Sept. 16. In his State of the Commonwealth address, Bevin pledged “$4.8 million dollars...