Child abuse in Kentucky

According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services received 105,527 allegations of child abuse or neglect in 2016.  DCBS has lost tens of millions of dollars because of state budget cuts from 2009 through this year.  Governor Bevin put $3.3 million into the current 2-year budget to provide pay raises for social workers which will help some of Kentucky's social workers who juggle 60 - 80 cases, a load several times heavier than recommended. By 2018, Commissioner Adria Johnson wants to restore the Kinship Care program to provide a $300 monthly stipend to relatives who agree to accept children removed from a troubled home.  Read more about child abuse/neglect in Kentucky here.

 

SFY

2012

SFY

2013

SFY

2014

SFY

2015

SFY

2016

# of calls with allegations received

 

 

73,692"

106,197

105,527

# of abuse/neglect reports that met acceptance criteria

50,953

58,125

53,225

59,077

52,424

# of substantiated abuse/neglect findings

9,934

11,88

11,120

12,914

15,378

# of fatalities  in which abuse/neglect was substantiated

33

20

16

21*

9

# of substantiated fatalities  with agency history

12

15

12

16*

5

# of nearfatalities  in which abuse/neglect was substantiated

44

46

51

53*

41

# of substantiated abuse/neglect near fatalities with agency history

28

33

32

29*

21

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates adjustment from prior years' reports.

"In 2014, DCBS made a system change that allowed for separation of allegation calls from all other agency calls; these data are unable to retroactively run for SFY 2012 through SFY 2013.

 

Source TWT Y084, Run Date 7/7/2016