The total number of children in out of home care is at an all-time high of 9,891. This is a 35% increase from 2013.
Of that number 3,807 (38%) 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; twice 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 2017 there were more than 26,000 substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. This is more than enough to fill Rupp Arena.
Kentucky has the nation’s second-highest child abuse and neglect rate.