Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

One of the areas that escaped cuts in the recent state budget proposal was foster care. In fact, the governor proposed the creation of a new adoption and foster care program funded at $11 million. Gov. Bevin said "you think of the role of government and its there to protect…. to take care of our vulnerable and those who truly need our help and the system should not be as bureaucratic and insufferable as it is." Bevin pointed to the Dearinger family who waited 1218 days to adopt a child. Bureaucracy and red tape shouldn't stand in the way of children who do not have forever homes and this new initiative is cutting through that. The move is a reminder that kids in foster care are a priority. And there are 2200 children ready to be adopted right now.