Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Gov. Matt Bevin is committed to reforming Kentucky's foster care system and his appointment of Dan Dumas as Kentucky's Adoption and Foster Care Czar is a downpayment on that commitment. Dumas is an administrator at Southern Seminary and said that he "is resolved to making our adoption and foster care system faster, safer, more affordable and more accessible." This is fantastic news  for the 8,000 Kentucky children who are in need. Many, including Terry Brooks of Kentucky Youth Advocates are praising the move. Yet others are criticizing the appointment based on Dumas's affiliation with Southern Seminary—an institution whose beliefs some view as too conservative. And that Dumas' salary is too high at $240,000. In either case, the initiative will prove to be a good investment if it helps more Kentucky kids find permanent homes.