Kentucky ‘adoption czar’ leaves post midway through 1st year


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky’s “adoption czar” has left Governor Matt Bevin’s administration seven months into his appointment.

The Courier-Journal reported Monday that a spokesman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services said that the state contract with Daniel Dumas had been terminated, but did not provide further details. Dumas didn’t respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.

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A legislative committee in June approved the former Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor’s contract to review Kentucky’s troubled child welfare system. His selection drew criticism from some, including Democrats who said he lacked professional social service experience.

Dumas drew a salary of around $250,000 a year under the two-year contract, which would have been renewable for two more years. He reported directly to the governor.