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The incident rate for admissions to foster care among young children (0-4) is twice what it is for children 5-17 years of age. Infants are nearly 25% of all entrants into foster care.

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Kentucky CPS News Archive

Kentucky News Coverage

WILLIAMSBURG, Kentucky - Ever wonder what you're being served when you sit down to dine at a restaurant?

Customers at The Red Flower Chinese Restaurant in Kentucky say they are being served roadkill. What makes it worse is one customer says she saw employees dragging in a dead deer.

October 18, 2012

The state agency responsible for handling investigations of child and adult abuse has launched a website where citizens can report non-emergency situations.

The Kentucky Child/Adult Protective Services Reporting System, will be monitored during the week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and should not be used for emergency reporting. During off-hours, emergency reports should be made to 911.

September 10, 2012

by Evansville Courier & Press and Evansville Courier & Press

As more of America's children are raised by relatives other than their parents, state and local governments need to do better in helping these families cope with an array of financial and emotional challenges, a new report concludes.

According to 2010 census data, about 5.8 million children, or nearly 8 percent of all U.S. children, live with grandparents identified as the head of household. However, many of those children have one or both of their parents in the household, as well as grandparents.

May 24, 2012

When biological parents can no longer raise their children or when children's safety or well-being is at risk, grandparents, other relatives, and close family friends have traditionally stepped up as caregivers in Kentucky.

A new KIDS COUNT® report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families, shows Kentucky has the second highest rate in the nation of children living with such "kin" caregivers. Between 2008-2010, an average of 6 percent of Kentucky children lived with kin, representing 63,000 children, up from 31,000 during 1999-2001.

May 24, 2012

by Jessie Halladay

After discovering 'inconsistencies' in how caseload and staffing levels have been reported, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services has ordered a review of the Jefferson County office of the Department for Community Based Services.

The state social service agency handles child and adult protective services and family assistance, such as food stamps. Jill Midkiff, a spokeswoman for the cabinet, said the inconsistencies in reporting were discovered this week and Cabinet Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes moved quickly to ask the cabinet's office of the inspector general to go into the Jefferson County office to conduct an assessment of what is being done there.

May 23, 2012

by Mike Robinson

The child-protection reforms proposed in SB 126 are good for children and families in Kentucky. Most importantly, an external child-fatality review panel will be established in Kentucky.

This panel will create a process whereby an independent panel of experts conducts an in-depth review of all child abuse fatalities or near-fatalities. This panel will identify opportunities of needed systems reform and develop data-informed prevention opportunities. Many states have already established these review panels. Shouldn't Kentucky at least implement a similar process and give it a chance to work?

April 16, 2012

by Victoria Grabner

The HOME Program was created to help students whose families lose their homes and are displaced, forcing them to live in hotels, shelters, cars, foster homes or other temporary housing, as well as with relatives or non-relatives.

The program is backed by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which Congress passed in 1987. This federal law gives children and youth without permanent homes the right to remain in the same school even if they move; to enroll in a new school without typically required records such as proof of residency, immunizations, school records or other papers; provides them bus transportation to school; and allows them access to all the school programs they need.

March 3, 2012

by Debprah Yetter

Lawmakers are proposing changes to the state's child-protection system during the 2012 legislative session, prompted by recent news stories about child-abuse deaths, including that of Amy Dye, the 9-year-old Western Kentucky girl fatally beaten.

Rep. Tom Burch, a Louisville Democrat and chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, said he is seeking ways to provide more information to the public about how the Cabinet for Health and Family Services protects children. Kentucky Youth Advocates plans to hold a "Summit to End Child Abuse Deaths" Jan. 14 to gather more ideas for lawmakers.

December 30, 2011

by Janet Hume Cox

For more than two decades, I have stood helplessly by, watching the system of children's care perpetrate and perpetuate abuse of the very people who are working tirelessly to eradicate the abuse - myself included.

No one outside this system of care has the right to criticize the folks in the trenches. No one outside of the system knows what it's like to hold the safety, the life, of a child in his hands. Outsiders don't know what it's like to have to determine whether a child can stay home safely or must be stripped from his home.

December 12, 2011

by Jacqueline Sprague

As the economy declines, child abuse climbs, that's according to a new study by Pediatrics Online. the study of more than 420 children, from mostly lower-income families, found a 65% increase in child abuse, mostly in infants.

As the economy declines, child abuse climbs, that's according to a new study by Pediatrics Online. the study of more than 420 children, from mostly lower-income families, found a 65% increase in child abuse, mostly in infants.

October 15, 2011

by Barbara Reidmiller

On Sunday, Louisville, Kentucky, man Larry Webster, 36, was originally charged with criminal attempted murder as his girlfriend's three-year-old boy was fighting for his life after severely beaten.

The child was listed in critical condition and died later that night. Webster is now charged with murder, although his family defended Webster outside the courtroom earlier this week, stating Webster took the little boy to the park and bought him candy.

October 13, 2011

by Michael D. Pitman

It's been five years since the death of 3-year-old Marcus Fiesel at the hands of his foster parents that captured the attention of the region, state and nation, sent two people to prison and led to a child welfare system overhaul.

Marcus' death during the weekend of Aug. 4-6, 2006, in the closet of the Carrolls' Union Twp. home in Clermont County placed a giant spotlight on some gaping holes in the child welfare system and led private foster placement agency, the former Lifeway for Youth, from operating in the state. While his death was the breaking point to prompt reform in Ohio's foster care and children services system, other children died while under the charge of Butler County Children Services: Tiffany Hubbard, 3, of Hamilton in 1986; Randi Fuller, 2, of Hamilton, in 2000; Christopher Long, 2, of Middletown, in 2001; Courtney Centers, 3, of Middletown in 2002; Jesus Rodriquez, 7 months, of Hamilton in 2003; and Justin Johnson, 13 months, of Middletown in 2004.

August 7, 2011

by Josh Kegley

A Lexington woman faces abuse and other charges for allegations that she attempted to strangle her children and made them jump off a roof. She also is accused of locking one of them in a dog cage.

Lexington police have charged Cheryl G. Christopher, 51, with first-degree criminal abuse, first-degree wanton endangerment and unlawful imprisonment. Her husband, Elisha B. Christopher, 69, is charged with first-degree criminal abuse because he "allowed another to abuse his 9-year-old child by strangulation and did not report or prevent them from being abused by his wife," according to a police report. Read more:

July 22, 2011

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Universities across Kentucky have started offering a mentoring program aimed at pairing foster teens with community members.

Project HOPE targets foster youth nearing adulthood -- 16 to 17 years of age. The program, which started at Murray State University with funding from the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services, is similar to other community-based mentoring programs, such as Big Brother Big Sister.

March 27, 2011

A suit against 34th Circuit Court Judge Paul E. Braden has been filed in U.S. District Court. Elvert S. Mays and Glenda G. Sexton, both of Corbin, acting as their own attorneys, filed the suit with the federal court clerk in London Wednesday.

Mays and Sexton asked in the complaint that the U.S. court issue an injunction to require Braden to recuse himself from the state cases against them and move them from Whitley County. They also sought appropriate relief from the federal court and be awarded with the costs of the suit and loss of personal and real property.

December 27, 2010

by Mark Wilson

After his children died in an alleged arson fire in April, Steven Lynch has found a way to deal with the loss.

Lynch, who lives in Panama City, Fla., said that during a visit, his children told him they had been abused by Jeffrey Weisheit, their mother's boyfriend. He said he called Child Protective Services to report it, but that the department did not follow up on his report.

Evansville Courier & Press

October 5, 2010

by Kristen Kennedy

She says it's not justice for her young granddaughter. A grandmother says she's furious the woman convicted of killing the little girl is about to get out of prison.

In 2007, a Lexington jury convicted Sarah Taylor of reckless homicide. A judge sentenced her to five years in prison. Taylor will be released from prison next week, after serving about half of her original sentence. A medical examiner ruled Madison died from shaken baby syndrome, and the ex-girlfriend of Cundiff's son, Sarah Taylor, was charged with Madison's death.


August 25, 2010

by Ginnie Graham

Oklahoma has been as resistant as any state that Children's Rights has sued over child welfare concerns, the group's founder says.

Children's Rights began as a project of the New York Civil Liberties Union and later the American Civil Liberties Union. It became an independent nonprofit in 1995. The group has filed lawsuits against child welfare systems in Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Tulsa World

April 28, 2010

by Eric King

NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- A New Albany woman is in custody after her 2-year-old son was found wandering the streets in the middle of the night.

The child is unharmed and is now with Child Protective Services, but Brittany Hardesty, his mother, could face more than 20 years in prison if she is convicted of neglect.

WLKY Louisville News

April 6, 2010

Christian-based materials that leave out evolution dominate a growing home-school education market that encompasses more than 1.5 million students in the U.S.

Home-school mom Susan Mule wishes she hadn't taken a friend's advice and tried a textbook from a popular Christian publisher for her 10-year-old's biology lessons. Mule's precocious daughter Elizabeth excels at science and has been studying tarantulas since she was 5. But she watched Elizabeth's excitement turn to confusion when they reached the evolution section of the book from Apologia Educational Ministries, which disputed Charles Darwin's theory.


April 6, 2010

18-year-old Samuel Harris was charged with murder in arraignment court Friday. He's charged with killing a 4-month-old boy named Aiden.

Samuel's family gathered in Bullitt County and was brought to tears as the judge denied a request for psychiatric evaluation, increasing his bond to $1 million.

WHAS News 11

January 15, 2010

by Libby Keeling

A 38-year-old Evansville man accused of child molesting in 2007 entered a guilty plea in Vanderburgh Circuit Court on Wednesday.

Charged with a class A felony count of child molesting and a class C felony count of child molesting, Jody L. Taylor, 2114 N. Fifth Ave., pleaded to one class B felony count of child molesting, a lesser included offense, according to court documents.

Evansville Courier and Press

July 23, 2009

by Richard Wexler

Nationwide, the number of children torn from their parents each year has soared 50 percent since 1996.

In Indiana, removals have jumped 60 percent just since 1999; but that hasn't curbed child abuse tragedies. The take-the-child-and-run mentality in Kentucky has led to scathing reports from an inspector general and a grand jury about families needlessly destroyed.

Evansville Courier & Press

June 20, 2009

A Bowling Green, Ky., man is jailed on a $2 million cash bond.

Jones told officers he then held the girl under scalding hot water and when she screamed he squeezed her head.


June 4, 2007

A grassroots organization run by and for poor people with regular scheduled events.

WIT is broadening their scope and strengthening their efforts in fighting the injustices mothers are facing in the Child Welfare System.


February 24, 2007

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