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Building a 21st Century DCBS: A Conversation with Community Stakeholders

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we continue the discussion on the challenges, opportunities, and future of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services workforce. DCBS Commissioner Marta Miranda-Straub and members of DCBS leadership have a conversation with community stakeholders, including Kathy Adams, Director of Public Policy for Children’s Alliance; Tiffany Hall, COO at Volunteers of America Mid-States; Rick Wurth, CEO of Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky; and, Melissa Goins of the state [...]

By |2021-09-22T16:36:55-04:00September 23rd, 2021|Podcast|

Guest Blog: NCFL’s Family Literacy Model Supports Families to Thrive Through Education

By Rebecca Barnwell, National Center for Families Learning Often taken for granted, the ability to read is a foundational and powerful skill that unlocks lifelong opportunity and learning. Basic literacy skills enable people to identify, interpret, and create information to better understand the world around them.   Unfortunately, illiteracy in Kentucky and across the United States persists, and both adults and children are impacted. More than 36 million U.S. adults cannot read or write above [...]

By |2021-09-20T09:52:40-04:00September 20th, 2021|Blog, Bloom Kentucky, Education|

Statement on the Impact of the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly Special Session on Kids

Contact: Mara Powell Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Last week’s special session entered our minds and news feeds as quickly as it has now disappeared. Alongside the Beshear Administration and members of the General Assembly, we will continue to assess the results with an eye towards the 2022 legislative session and two-year state budget. As we shared in our initial statement on the special session, [...]

Building a 21st Century DCBS: A Conversation with the Commissioner

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the challenges, opportunities, and future of the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services workforce with Commissioner Marta Miranda-Straub. We also heard remarks from Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Eric Friedlander and DCBS Deputy Commissioner Lesa Dennis. This is part one of a two-part series with DCBS. Tune in for part two on Wednesday, September 22 at 10:00 AM ET. View the slideshow presentation from DCBS. [...]

By |2021-09-16T13:56:02-04:00September 16th, 2021|Podcast|

Guest Blog: Helping Foster Children Keep Basic Medical and Mental Health Coverage

By Michelle Sanborn, Children's Alliance The landmark bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 was, in my opinion, the most significant reform to federal child welfare policy in decades. Family First includes policy improvements to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care. It helps ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their needs, when foster care is needed. Family [...]

By |2021-09-15T18:21:36-04:00September 15th, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Updates on Bills Impacting Kids in the Special Session

This week, the Kentucky General Assembly has convened for a special session related to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping Kentuckians safe, and looking ahead to recovery for all Kentucky kids and their families. At this moment, House Joint Resolution 1 passed both chambers and was signed by the Governor, which extends or expires certain emergency orders through January 15, 2022.  Also, House and Senate companion bills have been filed and are moving through the legislative process [...]

Getting to the Root of the Problem

By Greta Hittle I recently had the opportunity to chat with folks around Kentucky about the work being done to prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). These folks included state representatives, medical professionals, care and service providers, teachers, counselors, advocates, public health experts, and mental and behavioral health professionals. Just when I thought I had heard every perspective and learned every nuance, I would speak with another one of these folks and realize the [...]

Message on the 2021 Special Session

Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, shares a call-to-action on priorities for kids during the 2021 special session. Look up your state Senator and Representative contact information and read our full statement about the special session at Thank you to Aetna Better Health of Kentucky for supporting the Making Kids Count podcast. Visit to learn more about their health care benefits and programs designed with your family’s wellbeing in mind. [...]

By |2021-09-07T15:19:18-04:00September 8th, 2021|Podcast|

Kinship Caregivers, State Leaders, and Advocates Attend Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit

Kinship Caregivers, State Leaders, and Advocates Attend Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit Governor Proclaims September as Kinship Care Awareness Month LOUISVILLE, KY – Dozens of kinship caregivers, child welfare stakeholders, policy makers, and advocates from across Kentucky virtually gathered today for the Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit. Two years after the federal Family First Act implementation, over a year out from a global pandemic, a lawsuit that rose to the level of the Supreme Court, and several [...]

By |2021-09-02T11:32:05-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Understanding Routine & COVID-19 Vaccinations for Kids

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss routine immunizations and the COVID-19 vaccination for Kentucky kids. Thank you to our panelists: Allison Adams, Vice President for Policy at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Dr. Michael Kuduk, Vice President of the Kentucky Medical Association and pediatrician with UK Healthcare; and Kelly Pullen, Executive Director of the Aetna Better Health of Kentucky Supporting Kentucky Youth (SKY) Program. August is National Immunization Awareness Month [...]

By |2021-08-25T14:38:20-04:00August 26th, 2021|Podcast|
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