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Kentucky governor taps parents of 10 to reform child welfare

Posted at 1:52 PM, Aug 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-03 13:52:12-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Half a year after terminating Kentucky's "adoption czar," Gov. Matt Bevin has selected a couple with 10 children to help improve the state's overwhelmed child welfare system.

The Lexington Herald-Leader cites a Wednesday release from the governor's office that says Chris and Alicia Johnson will become special advisers in the Governor's Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives.

Bevin spokeswoman Elizabeth Kuhn says the office was created in 2005, and has no budget. She declined to say how much the Johnsons would be paid, but said their expenses will be covered by an agreement with the Cabinet for Health and Family Service.

The details of the Johnsons' contract and their duties have not been released.

The couple has adopted seven children and fostered more than 40.