A former Florida pastor and his wife have been named by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin to help implement reforms to the state’s adoption and foster care system under legislation approved by the 2018 General Assembly.
Chris and Alicia Johnson will work closely with the Department for Community Based Services, part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to support the department’s ongoing adoption and foster care initiatives, including the transformative efforts required under House Bill 1. See related Baptist Press story.
The Johnsons also will work as special advisers to the Governor’s Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives to advance strategic partnerships with the faith community.
They are the parents of 10 children, ranging in age from 24 to 8. Three of their children are biological and seven children are adopted from the foster care system. Altogether, the Johnsons have fostered more than 40 children in their home, welcoming medically frail children, sibling groups and children who were close to aging out of the foster care system.
“The Johnsons’ commitment to foster care and adoption reform perfectly align with the work we are doing here in Kentucky to transform our child welfare system,” first lady Glenna Bevin said. “Their experience as foster parents, coupled with their advocacy work within the faith-based community, has led to a unique understanding of the challenges that exist for foster and adoptive families. I know that they will bring their extensive knowledge to bear in their new positions.”
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SOURCE: Baptist Press; Kentucky Today, Tom Latek