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Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 236 Passing House Health & Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We thank House Health and Family Services Chair Addia Wuchner and members of the committee for passing SB 236, sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams. SB 236 seeks to close the gaps in background checks of adults working with children in schools, youth camps, and in the home as private babysitters. Stronger background checks will help ensure that kids are [...]

By | 2017-03-09T12:29:34+00:00 March 9th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 195 Passing House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We thank House Judiciary Chair Joseph Fischer and committee members for passing SB 195, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chair Whitney Westerfield, to help youth who get back on track expunge additional offenses. We must hold youth accountable, but we know kids make mistakes. Those mistakes should not hold youth back from opportunities to learn and work. SB 195 will help [...]

By | 2017-03-08T13:10:07+00:00 March 8th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 120 Passing House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We applaud Chairman Joseph Fischer and members of the House Judiciary Committee for Passing SB 120, sponsored by Senator Whitney Westerfield, to help parents who have served their time get back to work, not re-offend, and care for their children after reentry into the community. Kentucky has the highest rate of children who have had a parent incarcerated. SB 120 [...]

By | 2017-03-06T20:19:43+00:00 March 6th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 520 Passing the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates HB 520, sponsored by Chairman John Carney, to allow high quality charter schools has passed the Kentucky House. This bill incorporates important lessons learned from the national experience around charter schools. It incorporates research-based and proven standards around accountability, authorization, best practice, financing, and certification. We appreciate Chairman Carney’s commitment to Kentucky students who receive free or reduced lunch at [...]

By | 2017-03-03T16:19:56+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 520 Passing the House Education Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates HB 520, sponsored by Chairman John Carney, to allow high quality charter schools has passed the House Education Committee. This bill represents the most significant and fundamental education reform that Kentucky has seen since the enactment of the Kentucky Education Reform Act in 1990. It is especially important to note that HB 520 incorporates important lessons learned from the national [...]

By | 2017-03-03T11:08:12+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 236 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We applaud the Kentucky Senate for unanimously passing SB 236, sponsored by Chairwoman Julie Raque Adams, to close the gaps in background checks of adults working with children in schools, youth camps, and in the home as private babysitters. Children deserve to be safe from abuse, and SB 236 would increase the safety of children in the care of adults [...]

By | 2017-03-02T16:28:59+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 195 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We thank the Senate for unanimously passing SB 195, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Chair Whitney Westerfield, to help youth who get back on track expunge additional offenses. SB 195 will make youth record expungement more consistent with adult record expungement after passage of HB 40 during the 2016 General Assembly. SB 195 bill will help youth who stay out of [...]

By | 2017-03-02T16:26:06+00:00 March 2nd, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 236 Passing the Senate Health and Welfare Committe

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We applaud members of the Senate Health and Welfare committee for passing SB 236, sponsored by Chairwoman Julie Raque Adams, to close the gaps in backgrounds checks of adults working with children in schools, youth camps, and in the home as private babysitters. Kentucky kids deserve to grow and thrive free from abuse and neglect, and they depend on adults [...]

By | 2017-03-01T11:04:42+00:00 March 1st, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 180 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates HB 180, sponsored by Chair of the House Health and Family Services Committee Representative Addia Wuchner, has had its final vote and is now headed to the Governor’s desk. The Senate unanimously passed the bill, which would allow close family friends to serve as kinship caregivers. Close family friends can provide a vital safety net when a child must be [...]

By | 2017-02-28T16:07:34+00:00 February 28th, 2017|News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Child and Family Services Review Release

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Jeffersontown, KY – The Cabinet for Health and Family Services recently presented on a federal report of Kentucky’s child welfare system’s outcomes. The report findings are about neither former Governor Steve Beshear nor Governor Matt Bevin. It is about a system that needs a revolution and not a tweak. It reminds us that we cannot wait any longer if we [...]

By | 2017-02-24T14:31:41+00:00 February 24th, 2017|News Room|