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State Planning Forums On Foster Care Reform


The state will hold nine regional forums this summer to explore how to best keep at-risk families together.

That makes Kentucky an early adapter of the Family First Prevention Services Act.

The act contains widespread child welfare reform, specifically focusing on preventing children from entering into the foster care system. It also promotes allowing kinship or family home placements instead of the traditional system of foster care.

States can choose either to delay implementation until October 2021, or roll out the law’s provisions as early as this October.

According to a press release from the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services approximately 9,700 child in out-of-home care.

To learn more about how the Family First law affects Kentucky or DCBS’ programs and assistance go to the Cabinet’s website: https://chfs.ky.gov and type “DCBS” in the “What can we help you find?” search tool.

Family First Prevention Services Act Regional Forum Schedule

All meetings are scheduled to be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. local time.

Salt River Trail Service Region (Anderson, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Franklin, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington and Woodford counties)

Date: June 5

Location: Little Flock Baptist Church, 5500 N. Preston Highway, Shepherdsville, KY 40165

Partner Lead: New Beginnings Family Services

Registration Link: https://familyfirstsaltrivertrail.eventbrite.com

Jefferson Service Region

Date: June 6

Location: Sawyer Hayes Community Center, 2201 Lakeland Road, Louisville, KY 40241

Partner Lead: Kentucky Youth Advocates

Registration Link: https://familyfirstjefferson.eventbrite.com

The Lakes Service Region (Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Trigg and Todd counties)

Date: June 7 (Central Time)

Location: Murray State University CSI Auditorium - Paducah Campus, 4430 Sunset Ave., Paducah, KY 42001

Partner Lead: Voices of the Commonwealth

Registration Link: https://familyfirstlakes.eventbrite.com

Eastern Mountain Service Region (Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Wolfe counties)

Date: June 10

Location: Jenny Wiley Convention Center, 419 Jenny Wiley Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Partner Lead: Service Region Administrator Susan Howard, Mountain Comprehensive Care

Registration Link: https://familyfirsteasternmountain.eventbrite.com

Cumberland Service Region (Adair, Bell, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Wayne and Whitley counties)

Date: June 12

Location: Somerset Community College, Meece Hall Auditorium, Somerset, KY 42501

Partner Lead: Berea Partners for Education

Registration Link: https://familyfirstcumberland.eventbrite.com

Northern Bluegrass Service Region (Boone, Bourbon, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton and Scott counties)

Date: June 14

Location: St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger, KY 41018

Partner Lead: Family Nurturing Center

Registration Link: https://familyfirstnorthernbluegrass.eventbrite.com

Two Rivers Service Region (Allen, Barren, Butler, Daviess, Edmonson, Hancock, Hart, Henderson, Logan, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Ohio, Simpson, Union, Warren and Webster counties)

Date: June 26 (central time)

Location: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, 1201 Pleasant Valley Road, Owensboro, KY 42303

Partner Lead: CASA of the Ohio Valley

Registration Link:https://familyfirsttworivers.eventbrite.com

Southern Bluegrass Service Region (Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer and Powell counties)

Date: July 10

Location: Life Adventure Center, 570 Milner Road, Versailles, KY 40383

Partner Lead: Life Adventure Center

Registration Link: https://familyfirstsouthernbluegrass.eventbrite.com

Northeastern Service Region (Bath, Bracken, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Robertson and Rowan counties)

Date: July 12

Location: Rowan County Arts Center, 205 E. Main St, Morehead, KY 40351

Partner Lead: Sunrise Children’s Services

Registration Link: https://familyfirstnortheastern.eventbrite.com  

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