Steve Beshear

Inspired by own family, Kentucky gov. tackles foster system

The little girl was 11, living in a foster care group home, when she ended up playing tag in a Louisville park with the daughters of a wealthy investment manager who would one day be Kentucky's governor.

Matt Bevin said he and his wife, Glenna, noticed how the girl attached herself to their daughters, "like she was just one of the kids."

Moved by her situation, the Bevins started the process of trying to adopt her from Kentucky's child-welfare system. They had their fingerprints taken, took parenting classes, had their fingerprints taken again, opened their home to an inspection, and were fingerprinted a third time.

The state ultimately rejected their...