A Need for Foster Parents in Kentucky

Close to two-thirds of Appalachian counties in Kentucky – 34 of 54 – have foster care rates higher than the statewide rate, according to KIDS COUNT statistics.

Experts say the problem spans the commonwealth, and it is not going away even though the number of kids placed in foster care has actually gone down, Lester says, over the past eight months.

“That doesn’t mean that the need is not there,” she said. “That doesn’t mean that there are very few kids who still need foster care.”

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