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So far Amy Swann has created 46 blog entries.

Share Your Experiences Reporting Child Abuse to Strengthen Kentucky’s Intake System

 Citizen Review Panels (CRP) are groups of volunteer citizens throughout the nation who are federally mandated to provide an evaluation of their State’s child protective services system. In Kentucky, the Statewide CRP is composed of members from all nine of the Department for Community Based Services’ (DCBS) regions. In keeping with its mission to involve the larger community in evaluating DCBS practices and policies, the Statewide CRP is assessing community perceptions about DCBS’ current system for [...]

By | 2013-01-23T14:42:14+00:00 January 23rd, 2013|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

November is National Adoption month

All children deserves to grow up in a safe, loving and permanent home.  Every child who has been placed in foster care should be promised a family who can provide that for them. Sadly, every year there are more than 100,000 children in public foster care waiting to be adopted because they do not have the option of returning to their parents or other relatives. In Kentucky, more than 1,900 children are hoping to be [...]

By | 2012-11-07T10:59:10+00:00 November 7th, 2012|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

You Can Make a Difference During Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month – a time to pause and remember the effects that child abuse has on our most precious citizens, to recognize the impact it has on all of us, and to commit to doing our part to eliminate it. According to state child protective services, more than 17,000 Kentucky children were victims of abuse or neglect in 2011. But, we know that that number is actually higher. Not all [...]

By | 2012-11-06T11:21:55+00:00 November 6th, 2012|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

New Test Results Out for Kentucky Schools

  You might have heard that the Kentucky Department of Education released the results of public schools’ achievement tests under the new accountability system of higher standards today. Looking for a simple way to see how well your child’s school or their school district performed? The Courier-Journal has an easy-to-use database where you can see the overall results for schools and districts here, see their results by specific subjects here, and view high school graduation [...]

By | 2012-11-02T11:12:48+00:00 November 2nd, 2012|Blog, Education|

New County-level Data on Child Welfare Available

This week Kentucky Youth Advocates added four new child welfare indicators to the KIDS COUNT Data Center. These four new indicators span the continuum of child welfare decision-making points and, coupled with the other indicators already on the Data Center, provide Kentuckians a wealth of information on vulnerable children and families in our state. One new indicator shows the prevalence of certain risk factors in cases where child abuse or neglect was found to have [...]

By | 2012-10-25T11:29:58+00:00 October 25th, 2012|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health|

A 2011 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book Highlight: Asthma

In 2009, 10.1 million children and youth in the United States had been diagnosed with asthma at some point in their life. Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among those younger than 15 years of age and one the leading causes of school absenteeism. As discussed in an earlier blog post, the current number and rate of Kentucky children experiencing inpatient hospitalizations due to asthma are lower than a decade ago. Source: American Lung [...]

By | 2012-08-22T12:41:35+00:00 August 22nd, 2012|Blog, Health|

Counting Kentucky’s Kids…Because They Count on Us!

As discussed in yesterday’s blog post, the Annie E. Casey Foundation just released their 23rd annual KIDS COUNT Data Book measuring the well-being of children in each state and nationwide. The index they used to evaluate child well-being is very different from the one they’ve been using for decades. So, what does this new, more comprehensive index of child well-being say on how Kentucky’s youngest folk are faring? There are some areas which are surprising, [...]

By | 2012-07-26T11:01:37+00:00 July 26th, 2012|Blog, Education, Health|

Kentucky 35th in KIDS COUNT Ranking of Child Well-being

Kentucky stands as one of the bottom fifteen states in the nation for overall child well-being with a rank of 35, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released today. Kentucky children have experienced setbacks due to financial instability, but have made gains in the education and health areas. The 2012 Data Book features an updated child well-being index that provides an even more robust and comprehensive portrait of how [...]

By | 2012-07-25T13:02:06+00:00 July 25th, 2012|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health|

A Worthy Cause Brings Together Strange Bedfellows

What do these groups have in common? The American Public Health Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers The National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Mortgage Bankers Association The U.S. Conference of Mayors and the League of American Bicyclists The National Urban League and Stand Up for Rural America They, along with Kentucky Youth Advocates and more than 550 other national, state and local organizations, are advocating for the American Community Survey to [...]

By | 2012-05-31T13:44:44+00:00 May 31st, 2012|Blog|

A 2011 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book Highlight: Smoking During Pregnancy

Children fare best when they have a healthy start in life, and this opportunity begins during pregnancy. But many healthy starts are compromised in Kentucky due to mothers smoking during pregnancy. During the 2007-2009 period, 25 percent of all births were to mothers who smoked at some point during pregnancy. Kentucky’s rate of smoking during pregnancy – the highest in the nation – is particularly troubling given the serious consequences on children’s health. The U.S. [...]

By | 2012-01-10T10:59:25+00:00 January 10th, 2012|Blog, Health|