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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|

Save the Date! 2017 Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol on February 9th

Join us for the 13th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol! Nearly 1,000 youth and adults attended Children’s Advocacy Day in 2016, and we need you to help pack the rotunda and ask elected officials to prioritize kids in the 2017 legislative session. Join us on February 9, 2017. Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol began in 2004 as an effort to unite advocates from across the state to raise their voices on behalf of [...]

By | 2016-10-03T09:34:18+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Blog|

Vote for Kids!

Your vote is your voice! In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, we encourage all Kentuckians of voting age to register. The November 8th ballot will include presidential candidates, as well as U.S. representatives and senators, Kentucky state representatives and senators, and U.S., state, and local judge seats. Children count on adults to speak up on their behalf. In fact, we've put together 5 reasons why Kentucky kids are depending on you to show up at your polling place [...]

By | 2016-09-26T17:09:02+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Helpful Back to School Tool for Kinship Caregivers

As kids across the Commonwealth head back to school this month, we must remember the 53,000 children being raised by grandparents and other relatives and the unique challenges they face. Kinship caregivers often have informal arrangements and do not have legal custody or guardianship of the children in their care. The informality of care can make it difficult for kin to enroll children in school or access educational or healthcare services. In 2014, the Kentucky [...]

By | 2016-08-16T12:20:54+00:00 August 16th, 2016|Blog, Education, Health, Safety|

It’s Time to Re-Enroll Your Kroger Community Rewards!

Kentucky Youth Advocates thanks all who have enrolled their Kroger PlusCard in Kroger Community Rewards to benefit our organization. Kroger allows customers to support their favorite nonprofit each time they shop by simply scanning their enrolled Kroger PlusCard. Kroger donates a portion of purchases to the nonprofit of the customer’s choosing at no additional cost to the customer. 3 things you need to know: All Kroger Community Rewards supporters currently enrolled must re-enroll between August [...]

By | 2016-08-10T09:17:21+00:00 August 10th, 2016|Blog|

Fireworks Safety Tips for the Holiday Weekend

This month we've published a number of tips as part of National Safety Month. We've made a checklist for kids to have a healthy and safe summer break and listed tips for water and traffic safety. As we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend, it's important to remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and practice water and vehicle safety, as well as to review tips to stay safe around fireworks. The following list of fireworks safety tips was [...]

By | 2016-06-29T15:28:40+00:00 June 29th, 2016|Blog, Safety|