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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 143 blog entries.

Statement on Upholding Ruling in the Supreme Court to Allow Supports to Children in Relative Foster Care

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Common sense won in the 6th Circuit Court ruling. And so did kids. All children who are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect have undergone trauma. And all of them need support from caring and capable adults who have the resources to meet their needs. For too long in Kentucky, we have created a false dichotomy in [...]

By | 2017-04-28T16:35:43+00:00 April 28th, 2017|News Room|

Kentucky Youth Advocates Position Statement Regarding Federal Healthcare Legislation

“Is it good for kids?” That is the question we at Kentucky Youth Advocates always ask of our decision-makers, and we are applying that simple litmus test to the debates around new federal healthcare legislation. Health impacts every aspect of a child’s life and is one of the most important components of overall child well-being. For optimal health, children need access to health coverage that allows them to receive high quality care addressing their physical, behavioral, [...]

By | 2017-04-25T19:00:01+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Blog, Health|

Guest Post: When Parenting Doesn’t Go As Planned

This post originally appeared as a blog on the Face It Movement to end child abuse website. By Erin Warmbier Being a parent is a lesson in “Things Not Going As Planned,” and also a lesson in “Being Humbled Around Complete Strangers.” When I think about times that I failed as a parent I honestly think “Boy! There are so many to choose from! Which one?” The time I was working the church nursery check-in [...]

By | 2017-04-11T11:42:51+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Guest Post: Lessons in the Marathon to End Child Abuse

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on March 29, 2017. By Jerry Ward Spring in Louisville means that more than simply horses run. A quick perusal of the local running calendar reveals over 20 marathons, mini-marathons and other kinds of long-distance races from April through June. We at Kosair Charities are running our own marathon. It is not the 26 miles, 385 yards that make up that classic race; instead, it is a [...]

By | 2017-04-05T11:55:25+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Helping Kids Who Stay on Track Succeed

By Alexandra Arachikavitz The General Assembly passed a bill that will allow youth to expunge additional juvenile records and help kids get back on track. When kids get back on track, we must help them be prepared to succeed in the future as adults. Their records should not hold them back from opportunities to learn by attending a college or trade school, get a good job, and contribute to their communities. During the 2016 legislative [...]

By | 2017-04-05T09:37:10+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Blog, Youth Justice|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 120 Heading to the Governor’s Desk

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We thank the Kentucky General Assembly for sending SB 120 to Governor Bevin’s desk for signature. SB 120, sponsored by Whitney Westerfield, will help parents who have served their time get back to work, not re-offend, and care for their children after reentry into the community. In Kentucky, 13% of kids have experienced parental incarceration, the highest rate in the [...]

By | 2017-03-29T14:38:35+00:00 March 29th, 2017|News Room|

New Rankings Show Impact of Place on Kentucky Children’s Health

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org JEFFERSONTOWN, KY – An easy-to-use snapshot that compares counties within states, the eighth annual County Health Rankings show that where you live influences how well and how long you live. The local level data makes it clear that good health is influenced by many factors beyond healthcare including housing, education, jobs, access to healthy foods, and more. “The reality is, children’s health is touched deeply and pervasively by where they live, [...]

By | 2017-03-29T08:27:31+00:00 March 29th, 2017|News Room|

Guest Post: BE the Church to Help Vulnerable Kids in Your Community

By Pastor Dave Hamlin When you are left totally alone, more than anything else you need a companion. There is probably not a group of people more hurt and left out in our world today than children who experience abuse or neglect or who have been removed from their homes. In a perfect world parents are caretakers, but sometimes parents face challenges, and children may find themselves needing other caring adults in their lives. In the world we live in where many [...]

By | 2017-03-15T17:51:45+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 120 Passing Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We applaud the Kentucky House for passing SB 120 with broad bipartisan support. SB 120, sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, will help parents who have served their time get back to work, not re-offend, and care for their children after re-entry into the community. Over 1 in 10 children in Kentucky have experienced parental incarceration, the highest rate in the nation, [...]

By | 2017-03-15T16:50:43+00:00 March 15th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 520 Passing Senate Education Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates  HB 520 can be a real opportunity for vulnerable kids in Kentucky who need a fresh start as learners. We at Kentucky Youth Advocates have consistently asserted three key points in the charter school debate. First, there are clearly good and bad charter experiences in this nation and we need to learn lessons from those. Secondly, high quality charters can [...]

By | 2017-03-15T11:09:33+00:00 March 15th, 2017|News Room|