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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 166 blog entries.

A Guide to Background Checks: Ensuring Safe Caregivers for Your Kids

This post was originally featured as a Kosair Charities® Face It Movement® to End Child Abuse blog. We are a proud partner in the Face It Movement.  With summer in full swing, your children could be spending time with new adults, including babysitters and camp counselors. One way to help keep your kiddos safe this summer is to review important information, such as background checks, when deciding to hire someone to work with your children or to [...]

By | 2018-06-20T16:18:06+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

A Voice That Can Make Change

Cynthia Schepers, a college student from Jefferson County and a member of the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council, spoke at the ceremonial signing of House Bill 1 on May 31, 2018. Read her speech below. My name is Cynthia Schepers and I am a former foster youth and current Junior at University of Louisville. The passing of House Bill 1 is an amazing victory for the children of Kentucky. HB 1 does many things for [...]

By | 2018-05-31T22:21:51+00:00 May 31st, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Guest Post: Helping Young People in Foster Care Heal From Trauma and Build Resilience

Originally posted by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on their blog. Photo provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Growing up is hard to do, and the period from adolescence to early adulthood can be tumultuous even under the best circumstances. For young people whose lives have been disrupted by foster care, the challenges of becoming an adult are amplified. The conditions that have led them to foster care — and being in foster care — [...]

By | 2018-05-24T16:04:56+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Protecting Girls who have Experienced Abuse: Stopping the Pipeline to Prison

By Cortney Downs, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern Violence against women and girls is nothing new.  Statistics show that females between the ages of 16 and 24 experience dating violence at rates three times higher than the national average, and more than 80% of all sexual assault victims under the age of 18 are girls.  What is often overlooked is that many of these girls fall into something called the abuse to prison pipeline; where the [...]

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

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Can we find a way for the state to intervene to help kids and address the recent audit of Jefferson County Public Schools while preserving local control of schools? I can definitively say the answer is yes. I have learned a lot about how people perceive the Kentucky Department of Education’s action around the Jefferson County Public Schools [...]

By | 2018-05-08T11:22:07+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Education, News Room|

Guest Post: Ensuring Educational Stability is the New Norm for Youth in Foster Care

This originally appeared Jefferson County Public Schools' Envision Equity May 2018 issue. By Karena Cash Last year, I had the opportunity to tutor a young girl in foster care, Jaden*. Whenever I first met her, I was blown away at how much she struggled at basic division problems. She was in fifth grade, so she must know thirty divided by six, right? I simply thought that she didn’t pay attention in school. As the months [...]

By | 2018-05-03T15:11:41+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

Guest Post: From the Heart of a Foster Parent

By Tanna Woodward Oh, the heart of a foster parent. Today, I think about the kids that we’ve had in our home. We’ve tried to make a home for them so they would feel safe and secure. So they would know that someone was watching out for them…was SEEING them when they hurt and struggled with the pain life had thrown at them. We’ve had those children we felt we didn’t help at all. It [...]

By | 2018-05-03T10:04:24+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Kentucky Youth Advocates Hosts Cheers for Children 2018 Celebration

Contact: Mara Powell (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|