U.S. Supreme Court's Refusal of Kentucky Case a Win for Foster Relatives

October 12, 2017

In a sweeping victory for the growing number of Kentucky relatives providing free foster care for children, Kentucky must begin paying them — many, grandparents struggling with the costs — the same as they do licensed foster families.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to hear an appeal from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services seeking to overturn a ruling earlier this year by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the state must pay relatives who take in foster children.

"We have won, our clients have won and it's a big deal!" said Lexington lawyer Richard Dawahare, who filed a lawsuit on behalf of a great-aunt who took in two young boys but was denied foster payments from the state. "Right now, the relatives are entitled and they need to make their claim."

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