In alignment with her passion for children and families of Kentucky, First Lady Glenna Bevin has launched her Uniting Kentucky initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to bring together churches, people of faith, and community partners to support the more than 9,500 Kentucky children who are in out of home care. There are three primary goals:
Foster parents are on the front line of protecting, encouraging, and empowering children who have faced various forms of trauma, including abuse, abandonment, and neglect. Foster parents temporarily welcome children into their homes and provide for their physical and emotional needs.
There are approximately 2,400 Kentucky children with a goal of adoption. These children long for the permanency and stability that comes from having a family that can be trusted to nurture and support them into adulthood and beyond.
As foster and adoptive families face unique challenges in caring for children affected by trauma, it is vital that they receive support from their circle of friends, church family, and community. There are things that everyone can do to help, such as prepare a meal, assist with transportation or child care, mentor a young person, or provide a listening ear and prayer support.
As a part of Uniting Kentucky, First Lady Bevin is partnering with Focus on the Family’s Wait No More, Orphan Care Alliance, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the Department of Community Based Services to host various events in the different regions of the state. These events are designed to share these exciting opportunities and facilitate connections with local information and resources.
For more information about fostering or adoption, visit kyfaces.ky.gov.