Kinship care bill moves to Senate

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)—Kentucky would be required to beef up assistance for relatives or family friends of children placed in their care by the state under a bill that has cleared the Kentucky House.

House Bill 2 would create a caregiver assistance program for relatives and “fictive kin”—usually close family friends—of abused, neglected, or dependent children. The program would offer different options to the caregivers based on the level of care they provide.

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Different kinds of support, including financial support, could be made available to caregivers based on that level of care, according the bill.

HB 2 was amended by the House to require better state tracking of the number of relative and fictive kin caregivers in Kentucky and the number of children in their care. Meade said current data does not fully reflect the number of caregivers or children now served.

HB 2 passed the House on a vote of 97-0. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.