Couple working to reform Kentucky’s child welfare system

Couple working to reform Kentucky’s child welfare system


CHRISTINA: THE JOHNSONS HAVE
BEEN ON THE JOB HERE IN KENTUCKY
FOR ABOUT FIVE RUNS. THEY ARE HOPING TO HELP THE
GOVERNOR’S OFFICE RECAP A BROKEN
FOSTER CARE SYSTEM — REVAMP A
BROKEN FOSTER CARE SYSTEM.>>WE INITIALLY CAME IN AND SAID
WHAT CAN OUR ROLE BE TO HELP
SUPPORT THE WORK BEING DONE. CHRISTINA THEY MAY NOT ADMIT IT. : BUT CHRIS AND ALICIA JOHNSON
ARE EXPERTS IN THIS FIELD. THE COUPLE HAS 10 KIDS. SEVEN ARE ADOPTED. AND OVER THE COURSE OF A DECADE,
THEY’VE FOSTERED 40 CHILDREN.>>WE’VE ADOPTED BABIES, WE’VE
ADOPTED TEENS, EVERYTHING IN
BETWEEN, MEDICAL NEEDS CHILD,
FOSTERED ALL AGE GROUPS, SIBLING
GROUPS, MOMS WHO HAVE LITTLE
BABIES, SO I THINK OUR EXPERIENCE WE’RE ABLE TO COME
ALONG SIDE WE CAN SAY THIS IS
WHAT WE’VE LEARNED
CHRISTINA THE COUPLE PLAYED A
: VITAL ROLE IN TRANSFORMING THE
CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM IN FLORIDA. SO GOVERNOR BEVIN HIRED THEM TO
THE DO THE SAME HERE IN
KENTUCKY. BY RECRUITING FAMILIES,
SUPPORTING WORKERS, AND CREATING
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS.>>SO MANY OF OUR FOSTER OUR
ADOPTIVE PARENTS OUR CASE
MANAGERS THEY’RE SO OVERWHELMED,
FEELING BURDENED, THEY WANT TO
GIVE UP, THEY DON’T FEEL LIKE
THEY’RE GETTING SUPPORTED, JUST TO GIVE THEM THAT LISTENING EA
CHRISTINA RIGHT NOW 10,000
: CHILDREN ARE IN KENTUCKY
FOSTER CARE. THE HIGHEST IT’S EVER BEEN. THE JOHNSONS SAY ANY FOSTER
RELATED BILLS IN KENTUCKY’S
UPCOMING GENERAL ASSEMBLY WILL
HELP SUPPORT LAST YEAR’S HOUSE
BILL ONE AND THE FEDERAL FAMILY
FIRST BILL WHICH BOTH MADE SWEEPING CHANGES IN CHILD
WELFARE. BUT THEY SAY IT WILL TAKE TIME
FOR THE IMPROVEMENTS TO SET IN. AND THEY ADMIT, FOR THE CHILDREN
IN THE SYSTEM TIME IS OF THE
ESSENCE.>>WE’VE GOT TO GET KIDS TO
APPROPRIATE PERMANENCY MUCH
QUICKER. CHRISTINA KENTUCKY’S GENERAL
: ASSEMBLY CONVENES NEXT WEEK
JANUARY 8. THERE ARE ALREADY A FEE
— A FEW PRE-FILED BILLS DEALING
WITH THE FOSTER CARE SYS

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