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A boy and a girl smiling. Services and programs for Children.

These services and programs for children may be available for families who qualify. Please contact the designated staff member for more information.

Physical Health

Child Health: Here you can find information about breast feeding, childhood immunizations, maternity care and more.


Looking for birth certificates? You can find links in the Public Resources section or you can go directly to the birth certificates page.

Diseases and Conditions: Information about a variety of diseases and conditions. Includes AIDS/HIV, Diabetes and SIDS. Also has tips for prevention and treatment options.

Early Childhood Development: Services provided by the Department for Public Health that deal with the development of small children.

Hemophilia: The Kentucky Hemophilia Program, part of the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN), provides ongoing care to children and adults with hemophilia.

Immunization: Information for children.

Medicaid: Assigned to purchase quality healthcare and related services that produce positive outcomes for persons eligible for programs administered by the Department.

Newborn Hearing Screening: The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs manages the Newborn Hearing Screening Program, which ensures that all newborns receive a hearing screening before leaving the hospital.

Physical Disabilities: The Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs provides direct care services to children with physical disabilities.

Mental Health

Alzheimer's Respite: Alzheimer's respite is a program of supervision and care provided to a person with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia to give the caregiver temporary relief from caregiving duties.

Mental Health: At the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, our mission is to provide leadership, in partnership with others, to prevent disability, build resilience in individuals and their communities and facilitate recovery for people whose lives have been affected by mental illness, substance abuse or intellectual disability or other developmental disability.


Child Abuse: The Child Safety Branch provides oversight, technical assistance and services related to in-home services and collaboration to keep children and families together and safe.

Adoption: Adoption is a method by which adults become the legal parents of children not born to them.

Foster Care: When children have been abused or neglected and must be separated from their parents or other relatives, they are most often placed in the temporary and safe care of approved foster parents. Foster parents have been trained to help children through frightening and traumatic events in their lives.

Fraud, Waste and Abuse: The Division of Fraud, Waste and Abuse/Identification and Prevention is responsible for planning, developing, and directing agency efforts to identify and prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicaid program, and all other welfare programs administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

State Guardianship: Guardianship is a legal relationship between a court appointed party that assumes the responsibility of guardian and a ward being the individual that has been declared legally disabled by the court and is unable to care for personal needs and /or unable to manage his/her financial resources.


Caregiver Support: The Older Americans Act established the National Family Caregivers Support Program to help families with their roles as caregivers.

Child Care: The Division of Child Care administers the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to help Kentucky’s low- income families find affordable quality child care.

Child Support: Child Support Enforcement provides assistance to any person with a minor child who needs financial support from a noncustodial parent.

Health Insurance for Children: Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program provides health insurance coverage to low-income, uninsured children.

Medical Transportation: Provides non-emergency transportation through local brokers.

Support Group (KinCare): More than 65,000 children in Kentucky live with their grandparents. KinCare helps grandparents and other relative caregivers access available services to help them better function in the caregiver role and identifies needs that are going unmet because some services are not being provided.

Youth Transition Assistance: This support group helps young people move from school to work, pediatric to adult health care and from living at home to independent living. The groups works closely with young people and their families to help them plan for the future.


Last Updated 7/28/2016