Our Mission: Improve the well-being of Kentucky’s at-risk children and families by shaping public policy and enhancing member agency programs.
Our Vision: Unite the collective voice, leadership and vision of its members to advance the provision of services to children and families through policy advocacy, quality improvement, and member support.
- Children be loved, nurtured, and safe from abuse, neglect and violence.
- Children achieve permanence, well-being and positive youth development.
- Communities recognize the special needs of at-risk children and families and commit to responding effectively to those needs.
- Public/Private partners should collaborate to ensure quality continuum of services that are fully funded and outcome driven.
- Services provided to at-risk children and families be evidence-based, effective and appropriate to meet the child and families’ needs.
- Systems be integrated and accurately assess and address the problems of at-risk children and families.
- Organizations providing services to at-risk children and families are stronger when they cooperate, communicate, and develop a mutual support system.
- Advocate for the establishment and maintenance of the highest quality, most effective, and most appropriate services possible to children and their families.
Founded as The Group Child Care Association of Kentucky in May of 1961 to give a voice to Kentucky’s abused and neglected children. The group which was comprised of children’s homes (private child caring agencies) later became The Kentucky Association of Homes for Children. For the first 27 years the group’s activities, which consisted of training events and advocacy were conducted solely by volunteers from the various children’s homes around the state. In the late 1980s, a full time staff was hired for the first time.
Over time, our membership expanded to include foster care agencies (child placing agencies). In the early 1990s, Kentucky began to see a rapid expansion of therapeutic foster care in the state. In 1993, we became the Children’s Alliance to more accurately reflect our membership. Over the years we have continued to strive to give a voice to Kentucky’s at-risk children and families. In the late 90s we adopted “to shape public policy to benefit our member agencies and the children and families they serve” as our mission. We operate today as the Children’s Alliance: Kentucky’s Voice for At-Risk Children and Families.
- Promote and advocate for improved care and treatment of Kentucky’s children & families
- Bring together agencies providing services to children & families
- Facilitate communication and understanding between providers and state authorities
- Provide information and education to professional legislative and lay communities regarding our member agencies
- Organize professional development & CEU opportunities for our member agencies
- Promote effective care and treatment for children and families