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Ending Abuse by Ending a Culture of Secrecy

Ending child abuse and neglect requires transparency of data, procedures, protocols, and policies in the systems with which vulnerable children interact, such as the child welfare, education, and justice systems. Over the last few years, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates have been concerned with the often lack of transparency and accountability of these systems and the impact this has on the protection of children. Recently, however, some positive movements give me hope when it comes [...]

By | 2016-04-20T12:01:12+00:00 April 20th, 2016|Blog, Safety|

2016 Legislative Updates

Bookmark this page and check it often to stay informed on where the 2016 Blueprint for Kentucky's Children legislative priorities stand in the Kentucky General Assembly. This page will be continually updated as bills are filed and as bills progress through the legislature. Take action. Thriving Communities Accommodate a child's testimony of repeated abuse, known as continuous course of conduct HB 109 - Sponsored by Representative Joni Jenkins Jan 5 - Introduced in House Jan 5 - Sent to House Judiciary [...]

By | 2016-04-06T10:35:55+00:00 April 6th, 2016|Blog|

Statement on HB 380 Passing House

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 abennett@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We applaud the Kentucky House today for passing HB 380 to make the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA) cover all Kentucky communities. This bill will promote safe and stable housing for families while also protecting responsible landlords. Thank you to all members who voted for the bill today and to Representative Jim Glenn for sponsoring.

By | 2016-03-22T18:25:32+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|News Room|

Statement on SB 60 and HB 380 Passing House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 abennett@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We appreciate the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of two important bills for Kentucky children today. SB 60, sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, will better protect child victims of repeated abuse. Many children who have experienced repeated abuse over time, referred to as a continuous course of conduct, have difficulty remembering the details of each specific incident of abuse. Research tells [...]

By | 2016-03-17T18:42:02+00:00 March 17th, 2016|News Room|

Statement on CCAP in House Budget

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 abennett@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Given tough budget economic times, there are several needs children and families face on a daily basis, and we know the state budget impacts children in a number of ways. However, one of greatest needs is ensuring parents have opportunities to work in order to provide for their families. The Child Care Assistance Program is one of the key ways [...]

By | 2016-03-16T19:19:00+00:00 March 16th, 2016|News Room|

Statement on SB 194 to Close the Gap in Child Abuse and Neglect Checks for Public School Personnel Passing Senate Education Committee

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 abennett@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky children deserve the safest environment in which to learn. SB 194 strengthens the safety of children at public schools. While public schools already conduct criminal background checks, many substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect are not prosecuted criminally for a variety of reasons. SB 194 brings public schools in line with what child care and child caring agencies [...]

By | 2016-02-25T12:41:52+00:00 February 25th, 2016|News Room|

New Child Abuse Prevention Tool from Face It®

Preventing and ending child abuse is everyone’s responsibility. And, raising awareness about child abuse and ways to prevent it is crucial to that end goal. Kentucky Youth Advocates is proud to partner with the Kosair Charities Face It® Movement on the release of a new child abuse prevention tool that helps us all be the face that ends child abuse. The new tool highlights strategies for preventing child physical and sexual abuse, recognizing the signs of [...]

By | 2016-02-25T09:52:35+00:00 February 25th, 2016|Blog, Safety|

Statement on SB 40 to Create Pilot for Open Courts Passing KY Senate

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 abennett@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Transparency can be an important aspect of child welfare and court systems but it must result in better outcomes for children and the system as a whole. We applaud Senator Julie Raque Adams for sponsoring SB 40 to create a pilot project to open courts in child welfare cases. This is an opportunity to start small and evaluate the impact [...]

By | 2016-02-19T10:39:06+00:00 February 19th, 2016|News Room|

Statement on SB 1 to Reform KY’s Public Education System Passing the Senate

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 abennett@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Some 2 out of 3 Kentucky 4th graders do not meet national standards for reading, and 7 out of 10 Kentucky 8th graders do not meet national standards in math. Those kind of results highlight the need for a fundamental reform of public education in the Commonwealth. SB 1 delivers that fundamental reform. SB 1 places a priority on learning [...]

By | 2016-02-18T12:49:48+00:00 February 18th, 2016|News Room|

Statement on SB 40 to Create Pilot for Open Courts Passing Senate Judiciary Committee

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1176 abennett@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates When it comes to the child welfare and court systems, transparency has merit, but it must result in better outcomes for the children affected. That's why we support SB 40, sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams to create a pilot project to open courts in child welfare cases. This is an opportunity to start small and learn from that opening [...]

By | 2016-02-11T10:52:33+00:00 February 11th, 2016|News Room|