Most Ky. children who die or nearly die from abuse or neglect are under 3. They’re disproportionately Black. And more than 70% were part of a family that had been assessed or investigated by the state.
Absentee guardian ad litems are a chronic issue, according to interviews with parents, policymakers, and guardians ad litem themselves.
For many people raising abused or neglected children they’re related to, whether the state offers them financial help depends entirely on what year they happened to take the children in.