31 May The Face It® Movement Celebrates New Law to Protect Kids and Support Families
(Louisville, KY, May 31, 2018) – Children deserve to grow and thrive free from abuse and neglect. House Bill 1, passed by the Kentucky General Assembly this Spring and ceremonially signed into law today by Governor Matt Bevin, sets forth a comprehensive plan to strengthen how Kentucky supports children impacted by abuse or neglect and their families.
“As a movement committed to preventing and ending child abuse and neglect in Kentucky, we at the Kosair Charities’ Face It Movement are eager to see the impact of this robust piece of legislation. Keeping kids safe is an adult responsibility and House Bill 1 ensures there are measures in place to protect kids and support families,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities®.
HB 1, co-sponsored by Representative David Meade and Representative Joni Jenkins, strengthens supports to help keep families together safely and, when that’s not possible, addresses timelines for adoption cases so that children can more quickly move toward finding a permanent family. HB 1 includes a number of changes that evaluate and improve the performance of programs serving kids and families and helps ensure decisions prioritize the best interest of the child. The bill also thoughtfully addresses neonatal substance exposure to prioritize what is best to ensure women seek and receive substance use treatment for the health and safety of their child.
Partners in the Face It Movement to End Child Abuse advocated for the passage of HB 1 during the 2018 legislative session, including providing testimony in support of the reforms before the House Working Group on Adoptions.
About the Face It® Movement: The Face It Movement launched in 2013 as an initiative led by Kosair Charities in response to the number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth. Face It focuses on a three-pronged approach to addressing child abuse and neglect: promote best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention, build awareness and engage the community, and advocate for effective policies to improve the child welfare system. Learn more at faceitabuse.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @faceitabuse.