Health and Family Services Cabinet
Adoption Blue Ribbon Panel Meeting Scheduled for Aug. 22; Group to discuss child welfare policies, parental rights

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 07, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180,or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2007) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ blue ribbon panel on adoption is scheduled to meet this month.

The meeting will be from 1-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Capital Plaza Hotel, 405 Wilkinson Blvd., Frankfort. It is open to the public.

The agenda will include meetings of workgroups assigned to address transparency, guardians ad litem and court appointed counsel, and policy. These workgroups will report to the full panel at 3 p.m.

The 13-member group has met regularly for the past year to review the process and current practices that lead to the termination of parental rights and adoption of children in the state’s child welfare system and to identify opportunities for improvement.

Cabinet Secretary Mark D. Birdwhistell chairs the group.

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