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Get Ready, Get Set: Children’s Advocacy Day and the Advocate Checklist

COMING SOON: THE 2018 KENTUCKY GENERAL ASSEMBLY In less than a month, on January 2nd, the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly will begin. In just over a month, more than 1,000 advocates—teachers, social workers, youth, judges, and more—will pack the Capitol rotunda in Frankfort and ask our leaders to prioritize kids in their decisions. Join those advocates at the 14th annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Thursday, January 18th! Learn more and register to [...]

By | 2017-12-14T10:42:30+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Celebrate “Cool” Wins for Kids this Summer

Summer is here! As Kentuckians, we can certainly count on experiencing hot and humid weather and can hopefully count on enjoying cool treats and days playing in the sprinkler. Another certainty we can count on during the Kentucky summer is the implementation of bills that were signed into law during the General Assembly. The Kentucky Constitution states that new laws go into effect 90 days after the legislative session adjourns. The 2017 regular session adjourned [...]

By | 2017-07-13T09:01:08+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Safety, Youth Justice|

Celebrating Youth Who Speak Up for Youth

Throughout this legislative session we have celebrated many champions—legislators for sponsoring bills, Blueprint partners for spreading the word about kids’ issues, advocates for calling their elected officials on behalf of kids, and more—but another group of champions deserves our applause: the kids themselves. Young leaders have been vital throughout the legislative session in initiating legislation, communicating with decision-makers, and rallying for results. You will hear from the youth themselves in blogs in the coming weeks, [...]

By | 2017-03-23T16:51:08+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|Blog, Education, Health, Safety|

Kids Are Cheering! Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Bills Are Off to the Governor

While this year’s Kentucky General Assembly isn’t quite over because a couple of days remain for final concurrence between the two chambers, Kentucky kids can already cheer for big Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children legislative wins! Three Blueprint legislative priorities—SB 195, SB 236, and HB 180—are on their way to the Governor’s desk. One final legislative priority—SB 120—has passed both chambers, and we expect that it will get through its final concurrence and be on its [...]

By | 2017-03-17T09:38:06+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

First Blueprint Bill of 2017 General Assembly Ready for Governor’s Signature!

Each legislative session there’s a special moment that advocates (on behalf of kids) can celebrate: The moment when the first Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children bill heads to the Governor’s desk. This week we had that moment, as HB 180 passed the Senate. That bill, sponsored by Representative Addia Wuchner, unanimously passed both chambers and will allow close family friends—also known as fictive kin—to serve as kinship caregivers. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services will [...]

By | 2017-03-01T15:38:52+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Thank You Advocates, Youth, and Elected Leaders for Rallying for Kentucky Kids

What a day, advocates! You rallied, you met with legislators, you packed committee hearings, you tweeted. Your legislators heard you when you asked them to make kids their priority. As rally speaker Tessa Bowling said in her opening speech, “We are leaders, and we have a voice. We are here today to ignite change.” We are still tallying, but it looks like yesterday’s Children’s Advocacy Day was the biggest yet. Thank you to the hundreds [...]

By | 2017-02-10T10:00:26+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Blog|

We’ll See You this Thursday at Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol!

Children's Advocacy Day will be here this Thursday, February 9th! Here is the general agenda and a few reminders: 9:00 Registration begins (Capitol Mezzanine) 10:00 Rally for Kentucky Kids (Capitol Rotunda) 11:00 Attend legislative committee meetings and meet with your legislators 12:30-1:30 Blueprint policy information session (Legislative Annex Room 149) 1. Materials you may want to review in advance. View the Children's Advocacy Day resource booklet online here. The booklet includes a detailed agenda and checklist [...]

By | 2017-02-07T10:18:41+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Blog|

Crunch Time for Children’s Advocacy Day

With Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol mere days away, I find myself running through a long to-do list to make sure I’ve taken care of all of the necessary action items. What’s the status of your to-do list? Have you registered for Children’s Advocacy Day? Did you attend the Advocacy 101 and Children’s Advocacy Day Prep webinar? (If not, you can view and listen to a recording here.) Have you scheduled an appointment with [...]

By | 2017-01-29T18:37:55+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Blog|

I Know You Want to Hug the Baby, but Let’s Ask Him First

The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes a series of festive gatherings. If your family or group of friends is anything like mine, you’ve already been to some holiday parties and still have other family gatherings ahead of you. This is our first holiday season as a family of three, and my husband and I are looking forward to watching Nash devour Christmas dinner and tackle his presents (or at least the [...]

By | 2016-12-20T14:21:27+00:00 December 20th, 2016|Blog, Safety|

Face It Policy Wins Keep Kids Safe

Kentucky Youth Advocates is a proud member of the Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement, a coalition of nearly 30 partner organizations committed to ending child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. Face It’s efforts to end child abuse can be seen from classrooms to the Capitol building, and the Movement’s recent 2016 progress report recaps the policy wins that will keep more children safe from abuse and neglect:   2013 Win Advocated for a panel to [...]

By | 2016-11-08T16:17:15+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Blog, Education, Health, Safety|