Kentucky Panel Requests Money to Improve Child Protection

Nov 5, 2013

A panel created by the governor to review child deaths and severe abuse cases plans to ask lawmakers for $420,000 to help it reach its goal.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review panel chairman Roger Crittenden told the group during its meeting Monday in Frankfort that that the $420,000 would be used staff members and other overhead costs.

The panel has been tasked with reviewing case files of children who died or nearly died from abuse or neglect and making recommendations to improve the state's child protection system. It was not designated any funding.

Although the panel has met for a year, it has struggled to review files and develop a system to analyze and capture data that would lead to improvements.