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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 143 blog entries.

Guest Post: Opening Doors to a Positive Future

By Reggie Smith As a strong advocate for young adults, I am grateful to acknowledge the recent passing of SB 195 during the 2017 Kentucky legislative session. This bill provides youth with the opportunity to expunge certain felonies off of their criminal record. In 2016, the General Assembly passed HB 40 to allow adults to expunge certain felonies; youth, however, were still not allowed to expunge a number of felonies. SB 195 closed that gap [...]

By | 2017-07-05T17:05:56+00:00 July 5th, 2017|Blog, Youth Justice|

Solutions to Tackle Child Poverty

The latest national KIDS COUNT Data Book reveals that more than 1 in 4 children in Kentucky live in poverty. Some families in which these children live may be scraping by, but others may not know where their next meal is coming from or where they will sleep next week. Living in poverty permeates every aspect of a child’s life—including their health, educational attainment, and future success—and by addressing poverty we can immediately begin to [...]

By | 2017-06-21T16:08:14+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Kids Count|

2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book Reveals Gains in Health and Continued Challenges in Economic Well-being

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book Reveals Gains in Health and Continued Challenges in Economic Well-being Kentucky Ranks 34th in Child Well-being in the U.S. JEFFERSONTOWN, KY June 13, 2017 – Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which includes county-level data, will be [...]

By | 2017-06-13T07:13:28+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Kids Count, News Room|

Guest Post: The Importance of the “Juice Conversation”

By Dr. Julia Richerson As a pediatrician, we have the honor of working with families and children as they grow and develop as both children and parents. We develop very strong relationships with the families we work with and try as hard as we can to be a valuable resource to them. We do all of this in brief 10-15 minute visits every few months for the first few years of the child’s life. To [...]

By | 2017-06-02T11:34:53+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Blog, Health|

Speaking Up for the Voiceless During Foster Care Month

A youth leader shares her journey through out-of-home care and encourages advocates to speak up for the voiceless, including those in foster care. By Tessa, a member of the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council through the Homeward Bound Shelter in Covington, KY Youth advocacy is really important to me because I never really had a say in what happened to me when I was removed from my mom’s house. I was removed from the house [...]

By | 2017-05-26T13:38:02+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

40 Years of Showing Up for Kids

Since our founding in 1977, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates have made it our vision to make Kentucky the best place in America to be a kid. Forty years ago, with a much smaller staff and budget, advocates came together to find solutions for Kentucky’s kids. What we lacked in resources we made up for in our unwavering commitment to ensure a brighter future for our youngest citizens. As we kick off our 40th birthday [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:53:29+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Blog, Safety, Youth Justice|

Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families

This blog was originally posted by Casey Family Programs on April 24, 2017. Photo courtesy of Casey Family Programs May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize the nearly 413,000 youth under 18 who are in foster care in America and who need a permanent, loving family. This year’s theme, “Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families,” acknowledges resource families — which include foster parents, foster-to-adopt families, and relative/kinship caregivers — as critical partners [...]

By | 2017-05-10T17:13:53+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Statement on House Passage of the American Health Care Act

Contact: Jessie Whitish 502-214-0303 jwhitish@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The health of Kentucky's kids became as risky as a bet on the Derby with the passage of the American Health Care Act by the House today. There are positives that merit note to be sure. As an example, we appreciate the House's commitment to continue coverage for young adults until the age of 26. That is especially crucial for [...]

By | 2017-05-04T16:16:23+00:00 May 4th, 2017|News Room|

Send Us Photos of Your Kentucky Kids

Kentucky Youth Advocates is looking for photos of Kentucky kids to include in the 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book and other Kentucky Youth Advocates publications. We know you all proudly share pictures of your kids and grandkids by carrying them in your wallet and posting them on Instagram and Facebook. Here’s a great chance to promote those great kids through Kentucky Youth Advocates’ materials. We need your photos by August 31st so please start sending them in. In order to [...]

By | 2017-05-03T17:24:46+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Blog, Kids Count|

Statement on Governor’s Appointment of Child Welfare Czar

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The appointment of Daniel Dumas as Kentucky’s child welfare czar underscores Governor Matt Bevin’s commitment to children and families. This new position carries real potential as a catalyst for change. And we hope that the Governor and the Czar will embrace the call for revolution and not incremental improvement around the child welfare system, be that about adoptions or preserving [...]

By | 2017-05-03T10:48:22+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|News Room|