Groups Launch Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse

Health care groups and other organizations in Kentucky and Indiana are launching an effort aimed at better protecting children from abuse and neglect. The Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse includes Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, which hosted an announcement today regarding an educational and awareness campaign addressing the problem. Allison Ellis is participating in the […]

Bill Passes Committee Establishing Child Abuse Review Panel

A House Committee has approved a bill that would establish an independent panel to review and report on child abuse cases. The bill doesn’t settle the issue of what case records are public documents, but lawmakers say it’s a step towards transparency. The question of what information in child death and near death records should […]

Appeals Court Weighs In On Child Abuse Records Case

The Kentucky Court of Appeals is weighing in Tuesday on whether the Cabinet for Health and Family Services can transfer full jurisdiction from the Circuit Court in a case regarding the release of its child abuse records. Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd has previously said the agency has failed to comply with his orders, after […]

Kentucky’s Child Welfare Cabinet Reports Fewer Child Fatalities

Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services has released its annual report on child abuse fatalities, which show fewer fatalities this year when compared to previous years’ data. But it may be difficult for lawmakers to use this information in comparison, said Terry Brooks is executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. The report is three months […]

Judge Orders State’s Child Abuse Records in 10 Days

With reporting from the Associated Press A judge has ordered state officials to release 90 internal reviews of child deaths within the next 10 days. The order is a response to a lawsuit requesting certain child welfare documents be made public. Judge Phillip Shepherd says the order is not meant to pass blame to the […]

Beshear Orders Release of Records In Child Abuse Deaths

by Brenna Angel, Kentucky Public Radio Governor Steve Beshear is ordering the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services to open records about child abuse cases that resulted in fatalities or near fatalities. His office is also drafting legislation that would require the release of certain information. “We need to have a public discourse and […]

State Lawmakers, Advocates Question State’s Child Welfare System

State representatives and local advocates are asking Gov. Steve Beshear to consider changes to Kentucky’s child welfare system. The request comes after reports of a child’s death uncovered that a state caseworker failed to investigate previous allegations of child abuse. This has led some to question the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, which is […]

Child Advocates React to Child Abuse Study

More children died in Kentucky from abuse and neglect than in any other state – that’s according to numbers from 2007 collected by the group Every Child Matters. Forty-one child deaths that year were ruled to be caused by abuse or neglect. Kristen Riddick is the President of the Court Appointed Special Advocates – or […]