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Division of Protection and Permanency

Child Welfare Services and Monitoring

As part of state child welfare activities, the department conducts regular self-evaluation of its service delivery and plans for service improvement. Additionally, federal authorities conduct their own review of state service delivery and compliance with federal requirements. Evaluations are based on data-driven analysis of the effectiveness of:

  • Prevention services to mediate the risk of child abuse and neglect
  • Interventions to reduce the risk of repeat maltreatment for children who have been abused and neglected
  • Services to increase safety so that abused and neglected children might be able to remain with their families
  • Intervention and permanency to reunify children who enter foster care due to abuse and neglect
  • Appropriate placement and permanency services for children who cannot return home

Federal reviews of state child welfare activities are cyclical, recurring at regular intervals. Federal feedback informs state planning for service delivery in the next funding cycle. The process recurs over time building gradual state improvement on federal indicators.

Federal Review Results and Performance Improvement Plans
State Plans for Service Delivery and Improvement

Service Regions

Protection & Permanency

Directory of Service Regions

Cumberland Service Region
(606) 330-2192
Adair, Bell, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Wayne and Whitley
Eastern Mountain Service Region
(866) 229-2196 (Toll Free)
(606) 788-7132
Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, and Wolfe
Jefferson Service Region
(502) 595-4550
(502) 595-4803
Northeastern Service Region
(888) 351-8901 (Toll Free)
Bath, Bracken, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Robertson, and Rowan
Northern Bluegrass Service Region
(859) 292-6550
Boone, Bourbon, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, and Scott
Salt River Trail Service Region
(888) 403-5090 (Toll Free)
Anderson, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Franklin, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington and Woodford
Southern Bluegrass Service Region
(859) 245-5258
Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer and Powell
The Lakes Service Region
(270) 388-4818
Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Trigg and Todd
Two Rivers Service Region
(270) 651-0287
Allen, Barren, Butler, Daviess, Edmonson, Hancock, Hart, Henderson, Logan, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Ohio, Simpson, Union, Warren and Webster

Family Support

Directory of Service Regions

North Service Region
Nelson, Bullitt, Spencer, Jefferson, Shelby, Oldham, Henry, Trimble, Carroll, Owen, Grant, Gallatin, Boone, Kenton, Campbell, Pendleton, Bracken, Robertson, Mason, Fleming, Lewis and Rowan
East Service Region
Greenup, Carter, Boyd, Elliott, Lawrence, Bath, Montgomery, Menifee, Morgan, Johnson, Martin, Pike, Floyd, Magoffin, Wolfe, Lee, Breathitt, Knott, Letcher, Perry, Owsley, Jackson, Clay, Leslie, Harlan, Knox and Bell
South Central Service Region
Harrison, Scott, Franklin, Bourbon, Nicholas, Clark, Fayette, Woodford, Anderson, Washington, Mercer, Jessamine, Madison, Powell, Estill, Rockcastle, Garrard, Boyle, Marion, Taylor, Casey, Lincoln, Pulaski, Laurel, Whitley, McCreary, Wayne, Clinton, Cumberland, Russell, Adair, Green and Taylor
West Service Region
Fulton, Hickman, Graves, Calloway, Marshall, McCracken, Ballard, Carlisle, Livingston, Lyon, Trigg, Christian, Todd, Logan, Simpson, Allen, Monroe, Metcalfe, Barren, Warren, Butler, Muhlenberg, Hopkins, Caldwell, Crittenden, Union, Webster, McClean, Ohio, Grayson, Hart, Larue, Hardin, Meade, Breckinridge, Hancock, Daviess and Henderson

About DPP

Kentucky’s adoption and foster care programs are housed in the Division of Protection and Permanency (DPP). DPP coordinates the state’s child welfare and violence prevention efforts. The division coordinates more than 180 contracts with vendors that provide a variety of services statewide and for specific service regions to enhance family violence prevention and intervention services. The division provides consultative services and technical assistance to local child protective services offices regarding child and adult protection cases. The division coordinates permanency services including the coordination of state efforts to recruit and certify adoptive homes for children in foster care. The division creates standards of practice for local office operation and implements statewide changes in coordination with state and federal legislation changes. The division also gathers data and creates reports to monitor the state’s progress toward federal goals in child welfare services.

DPP Mission Statement

To protect children and vulnerable adults and to promote self-sufficiency and permanency by providing the best regulatory framework and state plan structure possible.

To ensure maximum flexibility for interpretation and implementation of policy and procedures, which best meet the needs of the community.

DPP Vision Statement

The Division of Protection and Permanency (DPP) recognizes the importance of a safe, secure and nurturing environment for each Kentucky child, adult and family. Within such an environment, we believe that families and their individual members become the most critical component of a strong society. Our vision is a division that is:

  • Focused on families, children and vulnerable adults
  • Committed to families as partners in decision making
  • Proactive, responsive and accessible to all members of the community
  • Sensitive to cultural and community differences
  • Committed to innovation, continuous improvement, shared accountability and measurable outcomes
  • Community focused and partnership oriented
  • Recognized as the best human service delivery organization in the nation

Out of Home Care (OOHC) Branch

The Out of Home Care Branch focuses on children placed out of their home of origin assisting the cabinet in achieving safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and families.

The branch is responsible for developing programs that support children’s attainment of permanency and stability in their lives. Foster care, private child care placements, kinship care and interstate compact are all services within the branch that provide for a child’s placement needs. Additionally, the Out of Home Care Branch develops standards of practice and services to support the child and their family while placed in out of home care.

Foster Care Information:
1 (800) 232-5437

Out of Home Care Branch:
(502) 564-2147