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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 198 blog entries.

Guest Post: Opening Doors for Young Parents Like Me

Originally featured on the Kosair Charities Face It Movement blog. By Tina Agonva In 2008, I became a young parent raising a newborn. It was not easy. Kentucky has 57,000 children who are living with a parent who is between 18 and 24 years old, according to the latest policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Opening Doors for Young Parents. At 81%, our state ranks second in the nation for the percentage of children of [...]

By |2018-10-04T15:40:43+00:00October 4th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

New Report Focuses on Building Opportunities for Kentucky’s Young Adult Parents and Their Children to Thrive

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 New Report Focuses on Building Opportunities for Kentucky’s Young Adult Parents and Their Children to Thrive Louisville, KY – There are 50,000 Kentucky young adult parents facing a unique set of challenges and opportunities to help their families thrive, according to the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Opening Doors for Young Parents. With the right support, all parents — regardless of their age, income, or education [...]

New Data Reveals Improvements in Kentucky’s Child Poverty Rates

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – New data released today by the U.S Census Bureau reveals that 22.4 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2017, a drop from the 2016 estimate of 25.0 percent. Child poverty in Kentucky has finally returned to a level not seen since before the Great Recession. “We must note the progress that has been made on reducing the rate of Kentucky children living in poverty, yet we [...]

By |2018-09-13T13:23:30+00:00September 13th, 2018|Economic Security, Justice, News Room|

Kentucky Remains Top Ten State in the Nation for Health Coverage

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Kentucky Remains Top Ten State in the Nation for Health Coverage Louisville, KY – New health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed that the percent of people with health insurance (of all ages) in Kentucky increased from 85.7 percent in 2013 to 94.6 percent in 2017. Kentucky continues to have the 8th highest rate among states of people with health insurance. The one-year estimates from [...]

By |2018-09-12T21:47:17+00:00September 12th, 2018|Health, Medicaid, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on State Intervention and Local Control Agreement for Jefferson County Public Schools

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We have consistently asserted that Jefferson County Public School kids need the local board to continue to exercise its voice; a commitment to a fundamentally different way of doing business to ensure the safety and success of JCPS students; and, clear and transparent measures in place to ensure accountability for long-standing issues. The agreement announced between Interim Commissioner [...]

By |2018-08-29T07:25:26+00:00August 27th, 2018|Education, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Gov. and First Lady Bevin’s Announcement on Appointments to Child Welfare Transformation Initiative

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin announced that Chris and Alicia Johnson will join the administration as Special Advisors in the Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives. The Johnsons will work closely with the Department for Community Based Services within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to support the department’s ongoing adoption and foster care initiatives, including [...]

By |2018-08-01T15:18:40+00:00August 1st, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Reversal of Medicaid Co-pay Mandates

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky's kids – and especially the state's most vulnerable – won today because of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' decision to reverse Medicaid co-payment mandates. Providing the most children with the most access is ethical governance and a smart return on investment at the same time.

By |2018-07-27T20:33:48+00:00July 27th, 2018|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Restoration of Medicaid Dental and Vision Benefits

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Oral health is essential to the overall health and well-being of children and their families. That is why we at Kentucky Youth Advocates are glad to see the Bevin Administration’s commitment to restore dental, vision, and non-emergency transportation benefits that are essential to Kentuckians’ health. Though children, pregnant women, and former foster youth up to age 26 were [...]

By |2018-07-19T19:40:30+00:00July 19th, 2018|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Appointment of Department for Community Based Services Commissioner

Contact: Shannon Moody 502-895-8167 *126 smoody@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today offers real hope and real promise to Kentucky’s kids and families with the announcement that Eric Clark has been named DCBS Commissioner. That job demands head and heart, compassion and rigor, a big picture perspective and attention to detail. Eric Clark exemplifies that complex job description. As Commissioner, Eric faces an array of immediate opportunities and obligations. [...]

By |2018-07-05T17:18:13+00:00July 5th, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Unintentional Denial of Routine Dental Care for Children and Pregnant Women

Contact: Mahak Kalra Mkalra@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *114 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Unintentional Denial of Routine Dental Care for Children and Pregnant Women  Louisville, KY – In the midst of the political toxicity that has surrounded the proposed 1115 waiver, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) have consistently commended Governor Bevin and his administration for protecting children, pregnant women, and former foster youth up to age 26 from changes in coverage as the state sought to transition Medicaid [...]

By |2018-07-05T12:29:09+00:00July 5th, 2018|Health, News Room|