Foster Care

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The House Health and Family Services Committee has unanimously approved far-reaching legislation to revamp Kentucky’s adoption and foster care programs.

The U.S. foster care system is overwhelmed, in part because America's opioid crisis is overwhelming. Thousands of children have had to be taken out of the care of parents or a parent who is addicted.

Indiana is among the states that have seen the largest one-year increase in the number of children who need foster care. Judge Marilyn Moores, who heads the juvenile court in Marion County, which includes Indianapolis, says the health crisis is straining resources in Indiana.


  The head of a Kentucky child advocacy organization sees lots to like in a just released report on ways to improve foster care and adoption. The panel from the House of Representatives offered its suggestions Tuesday. 

A new government report says the number of children in the U.S. foster care system has increased for the fourth year in a row, due largely to an uptick in substance abuse by parents.

The report, issued annually by the Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services, shows that 437,500 children were in foster care by the end of fiscal year 2016. A year earlier the number was 427,400.

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More than a month after a court decision said Kentucky had to begin paying people who take care of foster children they’re related to, state officials say they still don’t know when or how it will begin making the payments. 


More than 70 Kentucky counties - including more than a dozen in the region - are in need of volunteers to review foster care cases. 

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A legislative committee has approved a Southern Baptist professor's $250,000 state contract to review Kentucky's troubled child welfare system. 

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Kentucky's Republican governor wants to overhaul the state's troubled child-welfare system.

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A Murray State University senior is celebrating recent foster care legislation she helped create. Glenda Wright said she believes Kentucky’s foster care system is moving in the right direction.

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The Kentucky House and Senate have given final approval to a couple of bills aimed at helping the eight-thousand children in the state’s foster care system.