Foster Care

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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. 

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Kentucky children could be placed with close family friends after being removed from their homes under a bill that has won final legislative approval.

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  Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in Kentucky are looking for volunteers to review foster care cases in 37 counties.

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Kentucky’s foster care and adoption procedures are getting scrutiny during the legislative session. Last week, Governor Bevin called for a thorough review during his State of the Commonwealth address. Senate President Robert Stivers agrees it is time for significant reforms.

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A committee has passed a bill that would allow state social workers to place children with adults who are not their blood relatives but have an "emotionally significant relationship" with the child.

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Gov. Matt Bevin delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night. It marked the first time in state history a Republican governor of Kentucky addressed a joint session of a Republican-led legislature.

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A federal appeals court has ruled that Kentucky must pay relatives who foster a child just like it pays adults who are licensed foster parents.

This means relatives would receive payments until they obtain permanent custody. 

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Gov. Matt Bevin wants a judge to throw out a court settlement made under former Governor Steve Beshear that would ensure that church-run foster care programs don't try to proselytize to children.

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A new jobs-training program is aimed at helping young Kentucky adults with the transition out of foster care. Governor Matt Bevin unveiled the Fostering Success program this week.

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State officials hope new federal funding will help reach foster children with emotional and behavioral issues.  The aim is to catch mental health issues early on.

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