SB 20 would improve the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system by holding youth accountable in ways that get them back on track while leading to safer communities.
SB 29 would permanently establish a program for kinship care and provide additional supports for kinship caregivers. Additional policies would still be necessary to help caregivers best meet the needs of children in their care.
View the fact sheet about supporting kinship caregivers HERE.
Read a youth’s perspective on growing up in the care of her great grandmother HERE.
Learn more about the needs of kinship caregivers from the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky HERE.
SB 120 addresses Kentucky’s growing prison population. Kentucky has the highest rate of children who have experienced a parent being incarcerated, and this bill will help limit the impact of incarceration on children and families.
SB 195 would expand the type of offenses that youth can expunge from their record and make the process automatic.
SB 220 would create a family-focused response when children age 11 and under get in trouble, getting children back on track to become productive citizens and ultimately making our communities safer.
SB 220 is sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield.
It’s currently waiting to be assigned to a committee.
SB 236 would increase the safety of children in the care of adults by ensuring employers have access to the necessary information about employees and volunteers in order to make an informed decision on allowing that person to work with children.
HB 180 would allow children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect to be placed with close family friends.
Other Legislative Items
Supported by Kentucky Youth Advocates
Senate Bill 16
Clear Records of Adults Who Are Back on Track After Serving Their Time
Senate Bill 86
Connect Victims of Domestic Violence to Services
Senate Bill 89
Access to Smoking Cessation Treatments
Senate Bill 90
Establish a Process for Enforcing Protections for Breastfeeding Mothers
Senate Bill 113
Establish Workplace Standards for Nursing Mothers
Senate Bill 181
Prevent Isolation of Children Who Have Experienced Abuse or Neglect
Senate Bill 190
Establish Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care
House Bill 33
Notify Schools about Authorized Adults When a Child is Removed from the Home
House Bill 92
Activate a Family Response to Young Children’s Behavior
House Bill 122
Protect the Safety of Young Kids When Riding Bicycles
House Bill 147
Establish Statewide Immunization Requirements for Incoming College Freshman
House Bill 192
Allow Youth in Foster Care to get a Driver’s License
House Bill 241
Promote Student Athlete Safety
House Bill 303
Support New Mothers with Paid Maternity Leave