‘Family Recovery Program’ launching in three Ky. counties

Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 11:54 AM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Kentucky leaders are working to break the cycle of addiction in families. They’re launching a new program that will keep children with parents in recovery.

Kentucky leaders say separating a child from a parent struggling with addiction can have a negative impact on the child. That’s why they’re partnering with Volunteers of America to launch a program that will keep parents in recovery with their children.

The Family Recovery Program pilot will begin this year in Clay, Hardin, and Lincoln counties. It will allow children to stay with their parents in treatment centers. It will offer therapy to families and other resources for support.

Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman and Senate President Robert Stivers support the program saying it could help the state fight its ongoing battle with opioid addiction.

“In order for today’s children to take advantage of tomorrow’s opportunities, we have to do all we can to make sure that our kids grow up in safe, healthy living environments,” Coleman said.

Volunteers of America President Jennifer Hancock says children of addicted parents need a lot of support.

“We have an entire co-parenting curriculum for the caregiver, who has often been in the family but not the actual biological parent, to return partnering authority and power to control back to parents,” Hancock said,

State leaders believe this program will have a big impact on keeping families together. They say nearly 10,000 Kentucky children are in out-of-home placements due to a parent’s addiction.

The University of Louisville will evaluate the program to determine the efficacy of outcomes and potential for expansion.

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