Kentucky and Nevada Struggle to Support Informal Foster Parents

Natasha King, 46, and her two grandchildren. Photo: J. Tyler Franklin/WFPL

For caregivers in Kentucky and Nevada, the pandemic has exposed and exacerbated problems in the states’ foster care systems, in which kinship caregivers shoulder the many burdens of parenting with few of the supports afforded to licensed parents.

Graham Ambrose’s new report for The Imprint, co-published by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, and Jackie Valley’s report, co-published by The Imprint and The Nevada Independent, uncover the lives of the states’ kinship caregivers who feel they’ve been all but abandoned.