Kentucky Is Changing Child Protective Practices Giving Parents More Access

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Child Protection in Kentucky

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is making several changes to the state's child protection services practices to improve the equity of the process for families and ensure the best outcomes for children in state foster care.

CHFS Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell announced the changes, which do not require legislative action, at today's meeting of the blue ribbon panel on adoption. Birdwhistell chairs the 13-member group, which has been meeting since last August to review the process and current practices that lead to the termination of parental rights and adoption of children in the state's child welfare system.

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"Many of these changes come directly from issues raised by parents and other advocates who testified at prior meetings of the Blue Ribbon Panel," Birdwhistell said. "We've identified these opportunities for improvement with the expectation that they will mean more equitable results for birth parents," Birdwhistell said.

The changes include:

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