Kentucky leads nation in child abuse cases, according to most recent report

Kentucky United Methodist Children's Home has been serving families for 149 years.

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Lexington, Ky. (WTVQ)– Child abuse is a problem all over the country, but nowhere worse than Kentucky.

“We are number one for cases of child abuse and neglect. I’m a life long Kentuckian and i know we’re better than that,” says Julie Hager Love, with the Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Home.

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The Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Home has been working for more than 140 years to try to fix that issue.

“We are 149 years old and we annually deal with 900 to a 1,000 youth and families dealing with abuse and trauma,” says Love.

Spanning the entire state, the home serves families trying to help them recover emotionally and spiritually.

“It’s not unusual for us to be the 20th place someone has lived and that alone is overwhelming,” Love explains.

“Right now we are not doing very well. Our state foster system is drastically underfunded and there are 10,000 children who have been removed from their homes,” she explained.

She says the only way to really fix the problem is more funding.

“We’d really like to see Congress address child abuse and neglect in the next round of Covid-19 relief funds,” she observed.