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Launch of the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2020 Priorities

Terry Brooks sits down with partners in the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children, Natalie Harris of Coalition for the Homeless and Mike Hammons of Children, Inc., to discuss 2020 policy and budget priorities that are good for Kentucky kids and families. View the 2020 Blueprint agenda and supporting resources at www.kyyouth.org/blueprintky/.

By |2019-12-02T13:28:36-05:00December 3rd, 2019|Podcast|

What’s Next? Looking Ahead to 2020 for Kentucky Kids

This post was originally posted as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on November 26, 2019. Check out additional op-eds featured in the Courier Journal highlighting KIDS COUNT data from a youth formerly in foster care Christopher Hagans, school nurse Eva Stone, education leaders Dr. David Johnson and Dr. Leon Mooneyhan, and child care center director Kristie Dover. “So now what happens?” That’s the question posed by one of my twin 9-year-old granddaughters the day after the Nov. 5 election. [...]

KY Speaker of the House David Osborne

Terry Brooks sits down with Kentucky Speaker of the House David Osborne to discuss the upcoming 2020 legislative session and priorities impacting kids, including investing in keeping families together safely, addressing the addiction crisis, and more. NOTE: This episode was recorded prior to the final results of the 2019 Election Day.

By |2019-11-25T17:15:04-05:00November 26th, 2019|Podcast|

2019 KIDS COUNT County Data Book: Latest County-Level Trends in Child Well-Being

The 2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/. “More than 1 million children in Kentucky are relying on all of us—from the statehouse to your house—to put them and their futures first. Kids’ issues are the common ground [...]

2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Holistic Look at Child Well-Being

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – The 2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/. “More than 1 million children in Kentucky are relying on all of us—from the statehouse to your house—to put [...]

Release of 2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book

Terry Brooks shares the latest trends in child well-being highlighted in the 2019 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book and sits down with Beatrice Roussell, a high school senior and leader in StAMINA, and Michelle Elison, Kentucky's Partnership Coordinator with the U.S. Census Bureau, to discuss takeaways around youth mental health and the importance of a complete and accurate census count in 2020. Thank you to our KIDS COUNT sponsors, including signature sponsor Passport Health Plan and presenting sponsor [...]

By |2019-11-18T21:24:14-05:00November 19th, 2019|Podcast|

KY Senate President Robert Stivers

Terry Brooks sits down with Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers to discuss the upcoming 2020 legislative session and priorities impacting kids, including investing in measures to improve school safety, keeping families together safely, addressing the addiction crisis, and more. NOTE: This episode was recorded prior to the 2019 Election Day.

By |2019-11-19T09:08:31-05:00November 12th, 2019|Podcast|

Statement from Terry Brooks on CHFS Announcement on Funding to Expand of School-Based Health Services

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – There can be no question that the Kentucky General Assembly – through the leadership of Senator Wise and Representative Carney, along with a bipartisan cadre of legislative champions – gave Kentucky kids a historic win when it passed Senate Bill 1, the School Safety and Resiliency Act. Ensuring that every Kentucky student is safe and connected [...]

By |2019-11-08T10:32:02-05:00November 8th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Interview with KY Senate President Robert Stivers and Jennifer Hancock

Terry Brooks sits down with Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers and Jennifer Hancock, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Mid-States, to discuss efforts in Clay County to address the addiction epidemic and build a thriving community, and how it can be replicated in other communities across the Commonwealth.

By |2019-11-07T15:37:34-05:00November 5th, 2019|Podcast|

2020 Open Enrollment and Former Foster Youth

The 2020 open enrollment period for health insurance begins November 4, 2019 and goes through December 13th. Let’s make sure everyone who is eligible signs up for the health insurance they need to stay healthy. While November is National Adoption Month, we must remember those children who were not connected to a family and instead transitioned out of foster care into adulthood. Compared to youth in families, youth who age out of foster care have disproportionately [...]

By |2019-11-04T15:57:58-05:00November 4th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|