Out-of-home care is a court-monitored process that encompasses the placements and services provided to children and families when children are removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect. Children and young people placed in out-of-home care are likely to have experienced a significant life disruption and loss and will require support to catch up on some developmental stages. A family group home provides accommodation for a child in a residential building, which is usually run like a family home. These homes have a limited number of children and they are cared for around the clock by resident care givers.

According to the Kentucky Youth Advocates, there are over 44,000 children, ages 0 to 17 years of age that are considered children in out-of-home care in Kentucky statewide.

From 2011 to July 2017, Kentucky experienced a 24.5 percent increase in the number of children in out-of-home care [Kentucky Legislative Research Commission, Program Review and Investigations Committee (Nov. 9, 2017 Draft). Kentucky’s Foster Care System.]