Jenkins details efforts to streamline adoption and foster care in Kentucky

10/17/2017 02:28 PM

The House Adoption Work Group wrapped up their final meeting on Tuesday, but the work will continue as the eight members of the group seek to make broad recommendations to Speaker Jeff Hoover in an effort to change the process of adoption and foster care in Kentucky.

Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Shively, co-chairs the work group alongside chair Rep. David Meade, R-Stanford, she says the panel has looked at lots of options to reform the system.

There are more than 8,000 kids in Kentucky in out of home care; currently there are 1,774 children with a goal of adoption; of those 1774 children, 855 are legally free for adoption; of those 855 children, 355 children do not have identified families at this time, according to the Kentucky adoption website.

Watch the full interview below for a discussion on the issues, and some of the solutions that have been discussed before the work group.

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