“It’s supposed to be there to help people where they are. Government is there to facilitate our liberty, our freedom and our ability to do what we were created to do.” Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin
Group photo of Governor Matt Bevin signing the House Bill 420 at the Kentucky Capitol Building
Today was a big win for Kentucky families. The House Bill 420 was passed into law, when the Governor signed the bill today at the State Capitol at 11:30 a.m. This law allows parents or guardians to establish power of attorney temporarily to another family or individual for a short, set amount of time.
OCA Executive Director Darren Washausen, Jerry Miller, Governor and First Lady Bevin, Holt Family, and OCA Families for Children Director Sarah Cook proudly show off the signed House Bill 420
Much like the national program, OCA Families for Children, this law allows parents in crisis to focus on their personal situation, while their children stay with a safe family.
Thanks to House Bill 420, families who need a helping hand for a few weeks or months can receive one without the fear of their children becoming wards of the state.
The bill allows parents to temporarily grant parental authority to someone else for a period of time; while they receive the help they need, their child will not become entangled in bureaucracy.
This presents a great opportunity to churches, community leaders, and family members to step up and be the hands and feet of Christ to those who need us the most. #WeAreKY
With the OCA Families ministry implemented by Orphan Care Alliance parents place their child into your home voluntarily. Children are not in the custody of the State. Parents are actively involved in their children’s lives and will develop a relationship with your family. Orphan Care Alliance staff actively works with other trained volunteers and the parents during this transition to identify steps to regain stability and be reunited with their children quickly and safely.
First Lady Glenna Bevin talks with Gloria Holt, a mother of a family preserved by OCA Families.