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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|

Building Kentucky’s State Budget

Every two years, the Governor and legislature craft a biennial budget to guide the operation of state government. Kentuckians rely on the budget beyond what we may automatically think of, like roads, public parks, and public-school education. Kentucky families rely on the state budget to keep children safe, support kids' healthy development, and put kids on track for a prosperous future. Kentucky invests in kids by crafting a state budget that provides preventive oral health [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:17:47+00:00 October 5th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Kentucky Kids Need a State Budget Built for Them

Fall mornings with Kentucky’s hills and valleys blanketed in fog create a picture-perfect landscape. While I appreciated the view on a recent morning drive, I breathed a sigh of relief when the fog lifted. The budget news for state government in Kentucky has been dire for months as the looming pension crisis has created a fog around the state budget. Recent revenue forecasts predicting another budget shortfall to the tune of $200 million have made [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:18:50+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Prioritizing Youth Outcomes and Public Safety Benefits the Bottom Line

By Clarissa Mobley, a Master's student at the Kent School of Social Work and a KYA intern Success! That is what Kentucky families and children are achieving with juvenile justice reforms. Simultaneously, the state is seeing a reduction in the number of juvenile offenses. Secretary John Tilley of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Commissioner Carey D. Cockerell of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) recently presented on the success of reforms in [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:19:55+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Blog, Youth Justice|

Good Attendance Sets A Good Foundation

“Education is kind of like a good story. It builds off the foundation. If you miss school a lot like I did growing up, you’ll be jumping into the middle of the story – without any character development, and it will be a lot more difficult to follow along and understand. If you start the story from the beginning and push through, you’ll have learned a lot of valuable information that you can use to [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:20:48+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Blog, Education|

A Breakfast, A Refresh, and the Next 40 Years

As we celebrate our 40th year as Kentucky’s independent voice for kids, we take the first step into our next 40 years. Today, at our annual breakfast, we announced Kentucky Youth Advocates’ brand refresh. As we advocate for policies that give children the best possible opportunities for a brighter future, we continue to move forward with our strong vision – to make Kentucky the best place in America to be a kid. A special thank [...]

By | 2017-11-10T15:21:46+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Blog|

1 in 4 Kentucky Kids Still Live in Poverty

Children thrive when their parents can earn a living and meet the basic needs of their family. And yet, year after year, we see an unrelenting pattern – too many kids across the Commonwealth growing up in poverty. Fighting poverty is a tough and complex proposition, but there are actions that can be taken at federal, state, and local levels that will immediately make a difference. It’s really about political will and not policy viability. [...]

By | 2017-09-18T09:35:39+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security|