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FEBRUARY- Kentucky will finally make foster care payments owed to relatives raising children
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services must be clear in their outreach and communication to caregivers who may be eligible for foster care payments. Read the Courier Journal article.
Families and caregivers who think they may be eligible for the relative or fictive kin payments can contact the CHFS Kinship Support Hotline at 877-565-5608 or email DCBSChildProtection@ky.gov.
JANUARY- Helping Foster Parents Care for Themselves While Raising Kids
From the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Understanding kids who have experienced trauma can be challenging for foster and kin caregivers — but critical to helping young people thrive. Like the children in their care, foster and kin caregivers need to find ways of experiencing strong feelings without becoming overwhelmed. To help states and jurisdictions support caregivers, the Casey Foundation offers a free training program — Trauma Systems Therapy for Foster Care — that includes self-care tools and exercises for caregivers. When parents are able to care for themselves, they will be better positioned to help children heal and move them toward enduring family relationships.