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Legislation headed to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk will open to the public a small number of Kentucky courts handling child welfare cases. 

Kentucky CASA Lobbies for State Funding

Mar 29, 2016
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A Kentucky child advocacy group says it’s fighting to receive state funding for the first time as legislators work to hammer out a budget.

The Court Appointed Children’s Advocates program uses judge-approved volunteers in child abuse or neglect cases to make recommendations on the victim’s behalf. 

Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill giving broader investigative powers to a state panel that reviews serious cases of child abuse and neglect in the Commonwealth.

Kentucky’s 17-member child abuse review panel will meet next week to begin work. A starting point for the panel could be the 55 death or near death cases recorded this past fiscal year.

The Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel was created to provide oversight to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and to make recommendations for how the cabinet can improve.

Lindsey Harlan Speaks on Helping Children Through CASA

Sep 11, 2012

Court Appointed Special Advocates, or CASAs are volunteers who are trained to help in cases of child abuse and neglect. Volunteers observe children first hand and report back to the court to help judges make the best decision in family court cases. Kentucky has 2o CASA programs. In 2010, they served a little over 2,000 children. Funding for these programs comes from donations and grants, and directly contributes to how many children they may serve. 

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released the Kids Count Data Book this week, which ranks states according to their efforts in child well-being. Kentucky ranked 35th in the nation in this year’s report, with education and health care ranking as the state’s lowest contributing factors. Drew Adams speaks to the foundation's Associate Director of Policy, Research, and Data, Laura Speer  about the Commonwealth’s ranking and how it may pull itself up by the bootstraps.

The Kids Count Data report can be accessed here

 

 

The commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Community Based Services, which provides various welfare services like foster care and child protection, is stepping down amid growing criticism about the department’s handling of child abuse cases.

Patricia Wilson submitted her resignation last Friday; officials for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services say it was a personal decision.