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Kentucky Kids are Counting on Congress to Extend CHIP Funding

Thirty-one days have passed since the September 30th deadline for Congress to extend funding for the successful Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Child advocates across Kentucky and the nation are deeply concerned by Congress’ inaction on ensuring millions of children do not lose their health coverage. Kentucky’s version of the program, KCHIP, has been instrumental in lowering the number of uninsured children by providing affordable health insurance for children with working parents who are struggling [...]

By | 2017-11-01T19:21:48+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Blog, Health|

Kids Rely on the State Budget to Help Them Stay on Track to Succeed

By Clarissa Mobley, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern Crafting a family budget can be tough, especially when there are more monthly expenses than money coming in. Sometimes it comes down to buying groceries or paying the electricity bill on time. It may also mean having to take a second job to bring in more income. Similarly, crafting a state budget is about tough choices and setting priorities, especially in the face of drastic budget cuts. Kentucky [...]

By | 2017-11-01T18:16:48+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Blog, Youth Justice|

Open Enrollment and Former Foster Youth

The 2018 open enrollment period for health insurance begins November 1, 2017 and goes through December 15th. Let’s make sure everyone who is eligible signs up for the health insurance they need to stay healthy. National Adoption Month also begins November 1st, and we must remember those children who were never adopted. Compared to youth in permanent families, youth who age out of foster care have disproportionately high rates of serious physical, mental, and behavioral health [...]

By | 2017-11-01T17:46:31+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Blog, Health, Safety|

National Brush Day: Let’s Give Halloween Sweets the Brush Off!

By Cortney Downs, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern On Halloween, kids everywhere excitedly dressed up as their favorite cartoon characters before going trick-or-treating and devouring tons of candy and other sugary treats. For many kids, it’s a day they look forward to all year long! But with sugary treats comes the increased risk of cavities and tooth decay, the single most common childhood disease in the United States. As a result, November 1st has been designated [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:08:34+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Blog, Health|

Kids Rely on the State Budget to Support Kinship Caregivers

By Carli Mosby, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern Even with the special session to address pension reform expected soon, legislators are looking ahead to the legislative session that will include the crafting and passing of a two-year state budget. As many Kentucky families know firsthand, budgets can be tough. Ensuring that money coming in will cover the necessary costs of life can, at times, be difficult and stressful. Kinship caregivers who have willingly stepped up to [...]

By | 2017-10-27T12:47:43+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Race for Results: All Kids Deserve a Path to Success

All Kentucky kids deserve a path to a successful and productive adulthood. The reality is, however, that the zip code in which children live, the amount of money their family earns, and the color of their skin are pervasive and powerful influences on the childhood they will have and the future they can embrace. Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2017 Race for Results report, which features index scores calculated from 12 key [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:10:02+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety|

Kids Rely on the State Budget to Support Working Families

Whether you are the state of Kentucky or a family struggling to make ends meet, budgets are tough. Revenue shortfalls? Lots of payment obligations? Kentucky faces those in its state budget and amidst the pension crisis. Many Kentucky families face the same challenges. They are unsure of where the money will come from after a recent cut in hours at work, or uncertain how they will afford the necessities they need tomorrow. All the while, [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:12:39+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security|

Kentucky Youth Speak Up: Improving Outcomes of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

We know that youth in Kentucky are key to creating positive change for kids, and their leadership galvanizes other youth, parents, educators, community leaders, and legislators. In the Kentucky Youth Speak Up series, students advocate for policies, encourage other youth to serve their communities, promote strategies for student success, and motivate all of us to build the best commonwealth for Kentucky kids. In a recent presentation to the House Working Group on Adoption, Cynthia, a member of the [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:13:50+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

The Sixth Circuit Court Ruling: What Does It Say?

Every kid needs a family and a safe place to call home. When kids can’t live safely with their parents, the next best alternative is to live with a family member. Placement with relatives and close family friends reduces the trauma of separation and sets kids up for a brighter future. On January 27, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court ruled that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (Cabinet) must provide foster care maintenance payments to “approved” [...]

By | 2017-10-11T22:15:04+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council Update: New Members and Opportunities

First Lady Glenna Bevin recently welcomed current and new members of the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council (FLYLC) for their fall retreat in Louisville. The FLYLC consists of 18 young people, ranging in age from 13 to 22 years old, from across the commonwealth, including from Covington, Glasgow, Owensboro, Louisville, Franklin, Barbourville, Stanford, Albany, and Hazard. Members of the Council represent a cross-section of Kentucky youth who either have a special interest in advocating for [...]

By | 2017-11-21T15:49:53+00:00 October 11th, 2017|Blog, Safety|