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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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Kentucky’s nearly 7,000 foster children will now be able to quickly and easily access their education records from anywhere, thanks to a new state education initiative. Officials unveiled a plan yesterday to give Department of Community-Based Services caseworkers access to school records for children in foster care without parental consent. The plan is part of Kentucky's implementation of the federal Uninterrupted Scholar’s Act, signed by President Obama in January, which amends a previous law that had limited such rights exclusively to parents.  DCBS Commissioner Teresa James said this will give caseworkers timely possession of educational records, reducing interruptions in the academic careers of children in out of home care.

Afternoon Round-Up 3/14/12

Mar 14, 2012

Kentucky Politics:

The Kentucky Senate Health and Welfare Committee has unanimously approved a bill to help 18-year-olds transition from foster care to independent living.

A Kentucky Senate committee has unanimously approved a bill that calls for a constitutional amendment to allow lawmakers to divide more counties during redistricting.

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