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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 143 blog entries.

National Adoption Month: Parent and Youth Perspectives

November is National Adoption Month. The best way to understand the impact of adoption is to hear the stories of the people who have lived it. The stories below are from the perspectives of an adoptive parent and her daughter. Pat's Story Hi, my name is Ms. Pat. I have been asked to write a little something on foster care and adoption I am not a writer, but here it goes. I have been a foster [...]

By | 2017-11-30T10:10:44+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

National Adoption Month: Every Kid Deserves a Family

By Carli Mosby, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern November is National Adoption Month, an initiative led by the Children’s Bureau that seeks to raise awareness of the hundreds of thousands of foster children throughout the country, and the 1,774 children in Kentucky in need of permanent, loving families.  This year, the initiative focuses its awareness efforts on “Teens Need Families, No Matter What,” which emphasizes the thousands of teens in foster care that are at risk [...]

By | 2017-11-20T16:19:07+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

2017 KIDS COUNT County Data Book Introduces County-Level Benchmarks for Child Well-Being

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org 2017 KIDS COUNT County Data Book Introduces County-Level Benchmarks for Child Well-Being The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. It also calculates how many children would be impacted if Kentucky was able to make just a 10 percent improvement for each measure. [...]

By | 2017-11-14T09:57:08+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Kids Count, News Room, Youth Justice|

New Health Insurance Data Shows Continued Gains for Kentucky Children and Families

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 EXT 122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates New health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the percent of people with health insurance (of all ages) in Kentucky increased from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 94.9 percent in 2016. Kentucky now has the 8th highest rate among states of people with health insurance. The one-year estimates from the American Community [...]

By | 2017-09-12T12:59:12+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Health, News Room|

Guest Post: 5 Tips for a Safe And Successful Back to School Transition

This post originally appeared as a blog on the Face It® Movement to end child abuse website. The 2017-18 school year is officially underway, and back-to-school time can mean a lot of changes for students and their younger siblings, parents, and teachers. Even when the change is positive and brings along new opportunities, it can often bring about stress. Face It is sharing five tips for a safe and successful transition back to school with a focus [...]

By | 2017-08-30T16:48:23+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Blog, Education, Health, Safety|

Celebrating a New Law to Keep Kids Safe from Abuse

The end of summer means the start of a new school year. For many children and families, this means getting to know new teachers, babysitters, and child care providers. While this can be worrisome for families, a bill recently signed into law will help put families at ease and ensure employers and parents have the information they need when hiring individuals that work with children. The signing of Senate Bill 236, was the result of [...]

By | 2017-08-15T17:24:31+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Governor Matt Bevin Signing SB 236 into Law

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, Kentucky Youth Advocates joined Kosair Charities®, partners in the Face It® Movement to End Child Abuse, and Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children partners to celebrate Governor Bevin's ceremonial signing of SB 236, which was sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams. SB 236 closes the gaps in background checks of adults working with children in schools, youth camps, and in [...]

By | 2017-08-15T12:58:40+00:00 August 15th, 2017|News Room|

Kids Win When Congress Prioritizes Them

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on August 4, 2017. By Dr. Terry Brooks City BBQ features the best brisket I have ever eaten! It also features an array of “front porch gems of wisdoms” that make you both smile and think. Taken from a gas station in North Carolina, one reads: “If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?” It’s no secret that for many years [...]

By | 2017-08-09T17:09:20+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Blog, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Guest Post: Advocating In My Hometown

By Hannah Givens As an intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates, my summer project focused on my hometown of Greensburg in Green County. I focused on data points that KYA and the Annie E. Casey Foundation produce on children and their well-being for Kentucky and nationwide. With the upcoming 2017-2018 school year on the horizon, I presented to community leaders who work with children on a regular basis and that make decisions that affect our Green County children. [...]

By | 2017-08-02T16:14:49+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count|

Guest Post: Curiosity, KIDS COUNT, and a New Perspective

By Hannah Givens For the past two months I have been interning here at Kentucky Youth Advocates and am excited to share my experience. I first became interested in KYA when I met Dr. Terry Brooks at a meeting in Frankfort, flipping through the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children fact sheet booklet while he explained KYA’s initiatives. From taking a public policy course at Wingate University (Thanks, Dr. Wobig), I understood the policy priorities and recommendations [...]

By | 2017-07-26T22:29:56+00:00 July 26th, 2017|Blog, Kids Count|