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Tips to Remember Beyond National Safety Month

It could never happen to me. It could never happen to my family. It could never happen to my kids. So many times, we recite these lines in our head, even subconsciously. That is, until it does happen to you, your kids, or your family. We take for granted many things that we think our loved ones will simply “do” in order to keep themselves safe. With June being National Safety Month, it’s time to [...]

By | 2016-06-22T21:38:56+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|Blog, Health, Safety|

Congratulations, You Are Not College or Career Ready!

It has been a few weeks now since my youngest sister’s high school graduation ceremony, giving me time to reflect on the event and its repercussions. The evening started off pleasant, catching up with former teachers and running into former classmates there to celebrate their younger siblings. The night got interesting, however, after the ceremony began and students lined up to walk across the stage to receive their diploma. My last name is mid-alphabet so [...]

By | 2016-06-20T15:36:37+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Blog, Education|

Send in Photos of Your Kentucky Kids

Kentucky Youth Advocates is looking for photos of Kentucky kids to include in the 2016 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 | 2016-06-08T15:44:26+00:00 June 8th, 2016|Blog, Kids Count|

The Voice of a Youth in Foster Care

Though National Foster Care Month has ended, it is important to remember that we each can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care beyond the month of May. Children and youth in the foster care system often face challenges emotionally, socially, physically, and educationally. It is important that we hear from those most impacted by foster care -- the youth. Read the reflections of one youth in foster care below. Abby's* resiliency and hope shines through her [...]

By | 2016-06-06T16:48:17+00:00 June 6th, 2016|Blog, Safety|

Thank You for Choosing Kentucky Kids

Kentucky Gives Day is a fundraising event that connects Kentuckians to the causes they care about, and yesterday, many of you chose kids. Kids across the Commonwealth count on Kentucky Youth Advocates to be their voice in Frankfort, and your gifts make that a reality. As a bipartisan, independent organization, we take no government money; we rely on donors to help us remain independent. Your gifts help us: Make trips to Frankfort to meet with [...]

By | 2016-05-25T09:57:39+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Blog|

Kinship Caregivers Need Support, Too

May is National Foster Care Month, but it's only fitting to recognize the grandparents and other relatives who are raising children in Kentucky. Kinship care is often a safe alternative to foster care for children who cannot remain safely with their parents, as research shows that they are better off with family. We also know that kinship care poses lots of financial, emotional, and legal challenges for caregivers. All children deserve a safe and nurturing place [...]

By | 2016-05-16T17:50:08+00:00 May 16th, 2016|Blog, Safety|

Using Data to Drive Change

We know that what gets measured gets changed. In this past weekend's Forum in the Courier-Journal, readers were able to hear various community members' perspectives about issues impacting children and how data can be a driver for change. We thank the Greater Louisville Project and the Courier-Journal for recognizing the role data plays in bettering outcomes for children in Louisville and across Kentucky. The Forum featured six op-eds focused on the safety, health, justice, economic security, and education of children [...]

By | 2016-04-19T09:30:42+00:00 April 19th, 2016|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

New Online Voter Registration Makes It Easier to be a Voice for Kids

Kentucky kids are counting on you to vote on their behalf, and a new online system will make that even easier. Kentuckians are now able to register to vote at home, at the local library, or on a school computer. As part of the effort to increase voter participation, Kentuckians of age to vote can now register to vote or update their registration using the state’s online portal, To register, a person must enter [...]

By | 2016-04-12T13:42:02+00:00 April 12th, 2016|Blog|

Kicking Off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month

What better way is there to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month than to rally behind preventing and ending child abuse with state and local leaders and advocates? Yesterday, Kentucky Youth Advocates joined Family & Children’s Place and the Kosair Charities Face It® Movement at the foot of the Big Four Bridge in Louisville at the annual Rally to End Child Abuse. We applaud Family & Children’s Place for hosting the annual event that welcomed [...]

By | 2016-03-31T10:55:19+00:00 March 31st, 2016|Blog, Safety|

Rally to End Child Abuse March 30th

Join the Face It ® Movement, Family & Children’s Place, Kentucky Youth Advocates, and many other local child-serving organizations at Louisville's Big Four Bridge on March 30th to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month. In 2014, nearly 23,000 children were confirmed as victims of physical or sexual abuse or neglect in Kentucky. In Jefferson County, that number totaled more than 3,000 children. One child is one too many, and abuse can have a lifelong impact in emotional and physical health, [...]

By | 2016-03-09T15:27:45+00:00 March 9th, 2016|Blog, Safety|