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Coming Soon: 2017 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

Next Tuesday, June 13th, Kentucky Youth Advocates co-releases the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book. The Data Book includes data on all 50 states, and you can see how Kentucky is faring on 16 key indicators of child well-being. You can find the book on our website next week, and you can be the first to know about the book by signing up for email alerts and following us on Facebook and Twitter. Once [...]

By | 2017-06-06T14:23:59+00:00 June 6th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety, Youth Justice|

First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council Update: Celebrating Youth and 2017 Wins

Last weekend, young leaders from across the state came together to celebrate their first year as the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council (FLYLC). First Lady Glenna Bevin initiated the Council last spring with a focus on empowering youth in the improvement of policies and practices related to the child welfare system and helping more kids have a safe and loving home. The FLYLC met with Glenda Wright, the president of Voices of the Commonwealth. Glenda [...]

By | 2017-05-25T09:45:59+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Delta Dental of Kentucky Partners with Kentucky Youth Advocates to Develop Regional Oral Health Networks

Media Contact: Lynsey Trager lynsey@boxcarpr.com Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 859-496-5524 Delta Dental of Kentucky Invests $1 Million in Regional Oral Health Networks Establishing Five Regional Networks to Develop Local, Data-Driven Oral Health Solutions Louisville, KY – Following state results published in the Making Smiles Happen: 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky's Youth, Delta Dental of Kentucky is expanding its commitment to oral health across the state. Delta Dental of Kentucky is providing $1 million to launch [...]

By | 2017-05-19T10:37:47+00:00 May 19th, 2017|News Room|

Foster Care Month: A Family is the Best Medicine

Throughout May, the nation is celebrating Foster Care Month with a focus on empowering caregivers and strengthening families because all children need a safe and loving family. To keep kids safe, Kentucky needs a child welfare system that responds effectively and thoroughly when abuse is suspected. If a child has experienced abuse or neglect, family is truly the best medicine to help those children thrive. To keep children connected to a family, Kentucky can intervene [...]

By | 2017-05-18T10:05:52+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 1 Passing Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Gathering a consensus when it comes to accountability and assessment is a miracle. Senator Mike Wilson pulled off such a miracle in crafting Senate Bill 1. SB 1 will be a catalyst for better teaching and learning in each of Kentucky’s schools. Its premise is that the professionalism of principals and teachers needs to be honored, unnecessary bureaucratic red tape [...]

By | 2017-03-15T17:43:59+00:00 March 15th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 520 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky Youth Advocates applauds the work of the Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives for their work to create a charter school bill that creates opportunity for students in Kentucky. 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 [...]

By | 2017-03-15T16:52:08+00:00 March 15th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 236 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 unanimously passing SB 236, sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams, to close the gaps in background checks of adults working with children in schools, youth camps, and in the home as private babysitters. Children deserve to learn, play, and grow safe from abuse. SB 236 will increase the safety of children in the care [...]

By | 2017-03-15T12:32:07+00:00 March 15th, 2017|News Room|

A Mother’s Plea to Prevent Child Abuse

Kentucky kids deserve to grow and thrive free from abuse and neglect, and they depend on adults to keep them safe. Many settings where children are cared for require some type of background check, but the screenings and requirements vary. Stronger background checks would help ensure that kids are safe in the care of professionals. Senate Bill 236 seeks to close the gaps in background checks of adults who work with children at schools, summer [...]

By | 2017-03-04T13:55:00+00:00 March 4th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 180 Passing Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We thank the Senate Health and Welfare Committee for unanimously passing HB 180, sponsored by Chair of the House Health and Family Services Committee Representative Addia Wuchner, to allow close family friends to serve as kinship caregivers. When a child must be removed from their home, placement with a close family friend eases the trauma of removal. HB 180 prioritizes [...]

By | 2017-02-22T10:51:30+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|News Room|

Using Data to Make a Difference

In the work that we do, it is imperative that we use data to inform our decisions and help children and their families access the resources they need. But with so many different tools and resources, it can be hard to find trusted information. That’s where the Data Center comes in. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Center contains thousands of child well-being indicators related to education, poverty, health, and youth risk factors. [...]

By | 2016-10-18T09:58:32+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Blog, Kids Count|