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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 159 blog entries.

Kentucky Youth Advocates Hosts Cheers for Children 2018 Celebration

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org (o) 502-895-8167 *122 (c) 859-496-5524 LOUISVILLE, KY – This evening, Kentucky Youth Advocates will host the Cheers for Children 2018 Celebration, presented by Kosair Charities®, to celebrate progress for kids during this year’s legislative session and to honor community advocates who helped make that progress happen. In the 2018 legislative session, four Kentucky Youth Advocates and Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children priority bills were passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor. [...]

By | 2018-04-19T11:30:40+00:00 April 19th, 2018|News Room|

Newly Signed SB 133 Will Minimize the Shared Sentence of Parental Incarceration on Babies

By Clarissa Mobley, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern As Dr. Terry Brooks stated following the final passage of Senate Bill 133, “all children deserve a strong start in life.” Allowing access to drug treatment for a pregnant woman who is incarcerated prioritizes the health and safety of the unborn child. SB 133, sponsored by Senator Julie Raque Adams and signed into law this week by the Governor, is a step in the right direction to ensure [...]

By | 2018-04-12T13:25:33+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Blog, Justice|

Guest Post: Helpful Tips to Ease the Stress of Parenthood

This guest post originally appeared on the Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement blog. By Caroline Hampton Being a parent is tough. You’re not only responsible for keeping little ones alive and well-adjusted, you also become an argument mediator, disciplinarian and person in charge of your children’s health and safety. Children will, unintentionally, do everything they can to push the boundaries of your patience until you’re convinced that you can’t take it anymore. Here are a few ways [...]

By | 2018-04-12T10:39:21+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Guest Post: A Moral Mandate for Us All

By Partners of the Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement We live in a world – and state and community – divided. Issues seem to be long on division and short on common ground. And yet, even within this context, certain issues ring out as a moral mandate for us all. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and as the month begins, it is altogether fitting to claim preventing tragedies for our children as a [...]

By | 2018-04-05T09:57:11+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

New Moms, New Opportunities

By Jennifer Hancock, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Mid-States When Emilee’s nine-month old son is restless or crying, he hears a familiar song. “Who built the ark? Noah did.” Noah likes to hear his name, so he usually smiles and calms down. That an adorable baby boy enjoys hearing a song with his name in it might not be so unusual. What makes this familiar song special is that it is often sung [...]

By | 2018-03-29T20:40:12+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health, Justice|

The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Kentucky Kids and What’s Being Done About It

By Cortney Downs, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern What happens when children are exposed to potentially traumatizing events in their homes, schools, and communities? A growing body of research shows that exposure during the formative years can impact the trajectory of a child’s physical and emotional health well into adulthood. In a continued effort to raise awareness and encourage action, Child Trends recently released a report on the findings of the latest National Survey of Children’s Health specific [...]

Supporting Families Raising Family

By Carli Mosby, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern At the moment, our lawmakers are working hard to craft and pass a two-year state budget that would fund the state Cabinets that provide child protection, education, and health services.  Governor Matt Bevin released his proposed budget during the State of the Commonwealth and Budget Address, and the Kentucky House passed their version of the executive branch budget earlier this month.  The Kentucky Senate is now working on [...]

By | 2018-03-15T22:11:26+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Improving the Outcomes of Pregnant Inmates and Their Babies

By Clarissa Mobley, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern Kentucky holds the second highest rate of incarceration for women in the nation, and second highest rate of children who have had a parent incarcerated. This problem has been growing at a significant rate and it’s not a statistic we want to see an increase in because of its’ impact on Kentucky’s children and families. Senate Bill 133, championed by Senator Julie Raque Adams and co-sponsored by Senators [...]

By | 2018-04-03T10:41:09+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Blog, Justice|

Kentucky Youth Speak Up: Support the Education of Children in 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. By Karena Cash Last year, I had the opportunity to tutor a young girl in foster [...]

By | 2018-04-03T10:42:37+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

Minimizing the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Kentucky Kids

Today, Kentucky Youth Advocates released a new Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children issue brief, Minimizing the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children, which shows three out of every five inmates in state custody have children, impacting approximately 32,700 Kentucky kids. The brief highlights the prevalence of parental incarceration in Kentucky, the impact it has on children, and the criminal justice policy changes that could hold parents accountable for their actions in ways that allow them to [...]

By | 2018-04-03T10:48:00+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Blog, Justice|