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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|

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 | 2017-11-10T15:16:27+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|