The Situation

The Facts

  • The total number of children in out of home care is at an all-time high of over 10,000 This is a 35% increase from 2021.

  • Of that number 9,100 (89%) are in foster care and 1,081 (11%) are in residential facilities.

  • It costs the state approximately $300 million dollars per year to provide housing for these kids.

  • 15% of Kentucky students have at least one parent in jail. 2X the national average.

  • 26% of Kentucky children live in poverty.

  • 64% of fourth-graders are not proficient in reading.

  • 1 in 5 children below the age of five have experienced some form of abuse or neglect.

  • Only 50% of Kentucky kids are Kindergarten ready.

  • In 2023 there were more than 14,963 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. This is 14.7 Per 1000 children.

  • Kentucky has the nation’s second-highest child abuse and neglect rate.