Louisville-based child welfare agencies to merge

Two non-profit agencies that provide child welfare services are pursuing a possible merger.

Bellewood Home for Children and Brooklawn Child and Family Services said in a news release that the merger would create Kentucky's most comprehensive child welfare agency, serving abused, neglected and homeless children and their families.

The boards of both agencies voted earlier this month to move forward with plans to merge and begin to formalize the union. Bellewood and Brooklawn, which each have main campuses in Louisville, serve children and families in need in much of Kentucky. Bellewood also has operations in Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro and Paducah.

"Combining the resources of the two non-profits into one will create a united agency with a comprehensive continuum of care for children," said Bruce Ferguson, chairman of Brooklawn's board.