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Announcing the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2018 Priorities

The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children stands on three cornerstones: Thriving communities launch strong families. Strong families launch successful kids. Successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky. We’re launching the 2018 Blueprint policy priorities with partners from across the state with those three cornerstones in mind. We invite you to learn more about the Blueprint priorities and how to get involved. Check out the 2018 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priorities. Read the fact sheets for [...]

By | 2017-12-07T10:39:34+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

National Adoption Month: Parent and Youth Perspectives

November is National Adoption Month. The best way to understand the impact of adoption is to hear the stories of the people who have lived it. The stories below are from the perspectives of an adoptive parent and her daughter. Pat's Story Hi, my name is Ms. Pat. I have been asked to write a little something on foster care and adoption I am not a writer, but here it goes. I have been a foster [...]

By | 2017-11-30T10:10:44+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

National Adoption Month: Every Kid Deserves a Family

By Carli Mosby, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern November is National Adoption Month, an initiative led by the Children’s Bureau that seeks to raise awareness of the hundreds of thousands of foster children throughout the country, and the 1,774 children in Kentucky in need of permanent, loving families.  This year, the initiative focuses its awareness efforts on “Teens Need Families, No Matter What,” which emphasizes the thousands of teens in foster care that are at risk [...]

By | 2017-11-20T16:19:07+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Moving Forward for Kids: Investments in Our Future

In the 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, we are introducing a more holistic approach to measuring how children are faring in each Kentucky county. The County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. It also calculates how many children would be impacted if Kentucky was able to make just a 10 percent [...]

By | 2017-11-14T09:56:48+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count, Safety, Youth Justice|

Kentucky’s Foster Care System: A Report from the Legislative Research Commission

November is National Adoption month, which makes the Program Review and Investigations Committee report on Kentucky’s foster care and adoption system very timely. In May 2016, the Program Review and Investigations Committee voted to initiate a study of Kentucky’s foster care system. The Committee’s Legislative Research Commission (LRC) staff looked at relevant statutes and regulations, evaluated agency procedures and practices, and made recommendations for improvement. What the Committee found was informative and important as the [...]

By | 2017-11-09T17:29:30+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

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|

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|

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|