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First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council Update: Celebrating Youth and 2017 Wins

Last weekend, young leaders from across the state came together to celebrate their first year as the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council (FLYLC). First Lady Glenna Bevin initiated the Council last spring with a focus on empowering youth in the improvement of policies and practices related to the child welfare system and helping more kids have a safe and loving home. The FLYLC met with Glenda Wright, the president of Voices of the Commonwealth. Glenda [...]

By | 2017-05-25T09:45:59+00:00 May 25th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

40 Years of Showing Up for Kids

Since our founding in 1977, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates have made it our vision to make Kentucky the best place in America to be a kid. Forty years ago, with a much smaller staff and budget, advocates came together to find solutions for Kentucky’s kids. What we lacked in resources we made up for in our unwavering commitment to ensure a brighter future for our youngest citizens. As we kick off our 40th birthday [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:53:29+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Blog, Safety, Youth Justice|

Foster Care Month: A Family is the Best Medicine

Throughout May, the nation is celebrating Foster Care Month with a focus on empowering caregivers and strengthening families because all children need a safe and loving family. To keep kids safe, Kentucky needs a child welfare system that responds effectively and thoroughly when abuse is suspected. If a child has experienced abuse or neglect, family is truly the best medicine to help those children thrive. To keep children connected to a family, Kentucky can intervene [...]

By | 2017-05-18T10:05:52+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families

This blog was originally posted by Casey Family Programs on April 24, 2017. Photo courtesy of Casey Family Programs May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize the nearly 413,000 youth under 18 who are in foster care in America and who need a permanent, loving family. This year’s theme, “Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families,” acknowledges resource families — which include foster parents, foster-to-adopt families, and relative/kinship caregivers — as critical partners [...]

By | 2017-05-10T17:13:53+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

The Sixth Circuit Court Ruling: What Does it Mean for Relative Caregivers?

Every kid needs a family and a safe place to call home. 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” relatives caring for children placed by the Cabinet, affirming that core belief in the importance of family. When kids can’t live safely with their parents, the next best alternative is to live with a family member. Placement [...]

By | 2017-05-10T13:01:32+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Kentucky Needs a Revolution to End Abuse

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on April 26, 2017. Henry Grunwald, TIME magazine’s former editor-in-chief, asserts that journalism must speak immediately, “while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.” The Courier-Journal has met that standard in facing the plague of child abuse during April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each Sunday this month, the Courier-Journal has highlighted a [...]

By | 2017-04-26T16:12:05+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Ending Child Abuse is Up to All of Us

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Kentucky Youth Advocates is a proud partner of the Face It® Movement to End Child Abuse. The Face It Movement was conceived and created in 2012 as a response to the public outcry against the increasing number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth, and it officially launched in April 2013 as an initiative led by Kosair Charities®. Face It directly addresses the unacceptable incidences of child abuse [...]

By | 2017-04-19T09:29:16+00:00 April 19th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Kids Win When Leaders Step Up

The 2017 legislative session recently wrapped up, and kids and families won on several fronts. The General Assembly took action on a number of Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children legislative priorities ranging from supporting children who have to be removed from their home due to abuse and neglect to promoting work when people return home from incarceration – a critical piece for the many Kentucky children who have had a parent incarcerated. Advocates are celebrating several [...]

By | 2017-04-13T11:23:28+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Blog, Economic Security, Safety, Youth Justice|

Guest Post: When Parenting Doesn’t Go As Planned

This post originally appeared as a blog on the Face It Movement to end child abuse website. By Erin Warmbier Being a parent is a lesson in “Things Not Going As Planned,” and also a lesson in “Being Humbled Around Complete Strangers.” When I think about times that I failed as a parent I honestly think “Boy! There are so many to choose from! Which one?” The time I was working the church nursery check-in [...]

By | 2017-04-11T11:42:51+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Blog, Safety|

Guest Post: Lessons in the Marathon to End Child Abuse

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on March 29, 2017. By Jerry Ward Spring in Louisville means that more than simply horses run. A quick perusal of the local running calendar reveals over 20 marathons, mini-marathons and other kinds of long-distance races from April through June. We at Kosair Charities are running our own marathon. It is not the 26 miles, 385 yards that make up that classic race; instead, it is a [...]

By | 2017-04-05T11:55:25+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Blog, Safety|