Family & Juvenile Services

The Department of Family & Juvenile Services is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families involved in Kentucky’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems. FJS provides direct services to children and family and offers education, programming and technical support to the judges and court personnel who handle juvenile and family law cases.

FJS oversees two programs required by statute to provide services statewide, the Court Designated Worker Program and the Citizen Foster Care Review Program. 

FJS also supports programs that address persistent problems in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, including racial and ethnic disparities through the RED Program, domestic violence through the Violence Against Women Act Grant Initiative and substance use disorder through the RESTORE Initiative. 

FJS also administers Title IV-E reimbursement for foster care costs and carries out Kentucky’s Court Improvement Program, which promotes best court practices, child welfare system collaboration, and improved outcomes for children who experience dependency, neglect and abuse.