02 Apr Statement from the Face It® Movement on Kentucky Senate Passing HB 1
(Louisville, KY, April 2, 2018) – Today the Kentucky Senate took a significant step forward in keeping kids safe from abuse by passing HB 1, which sets forth a comprehensive plan for strengthening how Kentucky supports children impacted by abuse and neglect.
Strong state policies help to strengthen communities and keep kids safe from abuse, which is why the Face It Movement to end child abuse convenes a broad-based policy work team that promotes policy recommendations on which our state legislators can take action.
“Today, the Kentucky Senate took decisive action to fundamentally reform Kentucky’s adoption and foster care system, protecting kids and ensuring families are safe and supported, with passage of House Bill 1,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. “In a time of division – in a time when it is easy to become disenchanted with the political process – HB 1 is silhouetted as an example of the powerful good that can come when elected leaders lead. Its impact will be profound and sweeping. Every Kentucky kid deserves a family and HB 1 can make that happen.”
This legislation reflects the efforts of the bipartisan House Working Group on Adoptions and their relentless commitment to prioritize the well-being of children. Face It applauds the diligent work of the House Working Group on Adoptions and for the leadership of co-sponsors Representatives David Meade and Joni Jenkins on HB 1. We also thank Senators Julie Raque Adams and Whitney Westerfield, and First Lady Glenna Bevin for their ongoing support and leadership within the systems that protect and care for our Commonwealth’s children.
About the Face It® Movement: The Face It Movement, conceived and created in 2012 as a response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth, and officially launched in April 2013 as an initiative led by Kosair Charities. Face It directly addresses child abuse and neglect in Kentucky with the promotion of best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention, engaging the community, and advocating for effective policies to improve the child welfare system. For further information visit http://faceitabuse.org. Socially, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/faceitabuse, Twitter: https://twitter.com/faceitabuse.