Many Kentucky children living with grandparents have gone through traumatic experiences according to A University of Kentucky study.
The report found 73% of children living in grandparent-led families had suffered from at least one traumatic experience. Substance abuse, maltreatment, and parent incarceration were the top three reasons these children lived with a grandparent.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has given more weight to a parent’s opinion than a grandparent’s opinion in child visitation cases. The court ruled today that if parents oppose allowing grandparents to visit their grandchildren, they must be presumed to be acting in the child's best interests. The Courier-Journal reports the ruling does not strike down Kentucky's 1984 grandparent visitation law.