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DCBS COVID-19 Resources and Information

DCBS services are administered through nine service regions and offices serving all 120 Kentucky counties. In addition, DCBS uses a network of contract officials to deliver services, such as child care. Service is enhanced through a close relationship and coordination with community partners.

The department provides family support; child care; child and adult protection; eligibility determinations for Medicaid and food benefits; and administration of an energy cost-assistance program.

The department administers the state foster care and adoption systems and recruits and trains parents to care for the state's children who are waiting for a permanent home.

With offices in every county, the department provides services and programs to enhance the self-sufficiency of families; improve safety and permanency for children and vulnerable adults; and engage families and community partners in a collaborative decision-making process.

The department was formed in the Cabinet for Families and Children in 1998 to give local offices more decision-making authority and the ability to collaborate more effectively with other community service providers.

Administrative Regulations Notice

The Department for Community Based Services filed regulatory amendments to the following administrative regulations with the Legislative Research Commission Feb. 2, 2021. Amendments will be published on the LRC website. Written public comments may be submitted to the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs through April 30, 2021. An online public hearing on these amendments will be held by Zoom April 26 at 9 a.m. Eastern time upon request to the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. If a public hearing is requested, meeting log-in information will be published here prior to the hearing.

922 KAR 1:540. Registration of a foreign adoption. The amendment includes the IH3 visa issued for a child adopted in a county that is a member of the Hague Convention and is an accepted visa by US Customs and Immigration Services. The amendment simplifies submission of required documents.

DPP-188 Proposed Application for Registration of Foreign Adoption

DPP-188-A Proposed Foreign Adoption Certificate of Registration

922 KAR 1:580. Standards for children’s advocacy centers. The amendment ensures qualified providers are eligible to perform required services to clients at children’s advocacy centers. The amendment allows certified sexual assault nurse examiners to examine all clients, not just those older than 14.

March 17, 2021

On March 15, emergency child care administrative regulation 922 KAR 2:410E was withdrawn and has been replaced with a new emergency regulation in response to Gov. Beshear’s announcement that class sizes would revert to pre-pandemic limits and related issues. No public comments were received on the previous regulation.

The Department for Community Based Services filed the new regulation with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) March 15, 2021. 922 KAR 2:415E establishes enhanced requirements for certified and licensed child care and limited-duration child care programs as a result of a declared state of emergency. Regulation requirements address the health and safety of staff and families in child care centers and family child care homes that remain open or choose to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The regulation will be available on the LRC website:

Provisions in the new emergency regulation include:
• Class sizes revert to pre-pandemic limits established by 922 KAR 2:100 or 2:120;
• Local health department personnel may be in the home or center while children are present;
• Classroom observation is permitted to meet credentialing requirements; and
• The prohibition on face mask lanyards applies to children age 3 through kindergarten, allowing older children to wear lanyards.

Child Care Mask Permission Form

This emergency regulation is deemed temporary and is not accompanied by an ordinary regulation. Written public comments may be submitted to the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs through April 30, 2021. On request to the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs by April 19, 2021, a public hearing will be held by Zoom April 26, 2021, at 9 a.m. Eastern time.

Feb. 10, 2021

The Department for Community Based Services filed the following regulatory amendments with the Legislative Research Commission (LRC) on Feb. 8, 2021. The amendments will be published on the LRC website.

922 KAR 1:490E (effective immediately). Background checks for foster and adoptive parents and relative and fictive kin. This emergency administrative regulation is necessary to immediately waive the fingerprint-based criminal record check required for applicants specified in this administrative regulation as permitted by federal guidance.

DPP-164 Kentucky National Background Check Program Applicant Live Scan Fingerprinting Form

Written public comments may be submitted to the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs through March 31, 2021. An online public hearing on these amendments will be held by Zoom March 22 at 9 a.m. Eastern time upon request to the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs received by March 15.

922 KAR 1:490. Background checks for foster and adoptive parents, caretaker relatives, kinship caregivers, fictive kin and reporting requirements. This amendment establishes requirements to complete background checks using the Kentucky National Background Check Program for implementation July 1, 2021.
 
Written public comments may be submitted to the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs through April 30, 2021. An online public hearing on these amendments will be held by Zoom April 26 at 9 a.m. Eastern time upon request to the Office of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs received by April 19.

DPP-157 Background Check Request for Foster or Adoptive Applicants and Household Members

DPP-159 Background Check Request for Caretaker Relatives, Fictive Kin, or Adolescent and Adult Household Members

DPP-162 Kentucky National Background Check Program (NBCP) Applicant Waiver Agreement and Statement

DPP-163 Kentucky National Background Check Program (NBCP) Disclosures to be Provided to and Signed by the Applicant


Our Mission

The mission of the Department for Community Based Services is to build an effective and efficient system of care with Kentucky citizens and communities to:

  • Reduce poverty, adult and child maltreatment and their effects;
  • Advance person and family self-sufficiency, recovery and resiliency;
  • Assure all children have safe and nurturing homes and communities; and
  • Recruit and retain a workforce and partners that operate with integrity and transparency.

Our Vision

A human services system of care that operates with integrity and loyalty to a code of ethics requires courage to take responsibility for providing the highest quality of service to the vulnerable.

The Department for Community Based Services is an innovative, solutions-focused learning organization built on a foundation of transparency in action and with accountability for results. Both in the organization and among our partners, we thrive on a culture of respect for diversity of opinion that is nurtured through open communication.

Highly performing and committed, we are unified in our goal of excellence in achieving outcomes for those we serve with the level of quality we would demand for our own families.