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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|

Celebrating Kentucky Grandparents

Every year, the first Sunday after Labor Day, the United States recognizes and celebrates Grandparents.   Grandparents are important members of our families as they are the keepers of our family history, provide insight and advice on life’s milestones, and help keep family connected. In Kentucky, there are tens of thousands of grandparents who have also stepped up to raise their grandchildren.    There are several reasons for grandparents to raise their grandchildren, including parental death, parental substance abuse, military [...]

By | 2017-09-09T09:32:53+00:00 September 9th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Guest Post: 5 Tips for a Safe And Successful Back to School Transition

This post originally appeared as a blog on the Face It® Movement to end child abuse website. The 2017-18 school year is officially underway, and back-to-school time can mean a lot of changes for students and their younger siblings, parents, and teachers. Even when the change is positive and brings along new opportunities, it can often bring about stress. Face It is sharing five tips for a safe and successful transition back to school with a focus [...]

By | 2017-08-30T16:48:23+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Blog, Education, Health, Safety|

Going Back to School with Kentucky Kids

There was some serious excitement in my house last week, as my youngest daughter began kindergarten. The day before her first day, we went into school to deliver her bag of school supplies – crayons, markers, scissors, notebooks, and glue sticks. We visited her new classroom and found her spot at the table with her name and met her new teacher. We hung her first-day-of-school outfit in her closet and got her new Shopkins backpack [...]

By | 2017-08-23T19:56:42+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health, Safety|

Celebrating a New Law to Keep Kids Safe from Abuse

The end of summer means the start of a new school year. For many children and families, this means getting to know new teachers, babysitters, and child care providers. While this can be worrisome for families, a bill recently signed into law will help put families at ease and ensure employers and parents have the information they need when hiring individuals that work with children. The signing of Senate Bill 236, was the result of [...]

By | 2017-08-15T17:24:31+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Kids Win When Congress Prioritizes Them

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on August 4, 2017. By Dr. Terry Brooks City BBQ features the best brisket I have ever eaten! It also features an array of “front porch gems of wisdoms” that make you both smile and think. Taken from a gas station in North Carolina, one reads: “If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?” It’s no secret that for many years [...]

By | 2017-08-09T17:09:20+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Blog, Health, Safety, Youth Justice|

Celebrate “Cool” Wins for Kids this Summer

Summer is here! As Kentuckians, we can certainly count on experiencing hot and humid weather and can hopefully count on enjoying cool treats and days playing in the sprinkler. Another certainty we can count on during the Kentucky summer is the implementation of bills that were signed into law during the General Assembly. The Kentucky Constitution states that new laws go into effect 90 days after the legislative session adjourns. The 2017 regular session adjourned [...]

By | 2017-07-13T09:01:08+00:00 July 13th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Safety, Youth Justice|