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Complex Issues of Child Welfare System Deserve Creative Solutions from All

This was originally posted as an op-ed by the Courier Journal on August 19, 2019.  By Keith Inman and Terry Brooks Kentucky’s kids owe a debt of gratitude to the Courier Journal’s editor, Rick Green, for making a considerable commitment of resources to focus on abuse and neglect in Kentucky. That gratitude extends to Debby Yetter, whose reporting prowess highlighted the multitude of factors that are contributing to the tragic state of this commonwealth when it comes to the [...]

By |2019-08-19T10:24:56-04:00August 19th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Filing of E-cigarette Tax Bill

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – Kentucky’s kids scored a win today! And elected leaders in Frankfort reminded us that they can make a real difference on behalf of young people. At a Coalition for Smoke-Free Tomorrow press conference, Representatives Jerry Miller and Kim Moser demonstrated state leaders’ continued commitment to ending the epidemic of e-cigarette use among Kentucky teens with the filing [...]

By |2019-07-23T13:34:14-04:00July 23rd, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

“Anything Can Be” Moment for Kentucky Kids

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal and Kentucky Today on June 18, 2019.  By Terry Brooks, executive director Kentucky Youth Advocates Shel Silverstein, the late and wonderful children’s author, urges: “Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” With the release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2019 [...]

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the U.S. LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable but still inadequate improvements are due in part to progress across several areas of economic [...]

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on CHFS Announcement on Expansion of School-Based Health Services

Contact: Kelsey Dimar 502-895-8167 *110 kdimar@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services announced its amendment to the state’s Medicaid plan to allow districts to utilize federal Medicaid funding to expand school-based health services and connect more Kentucky students with the preventive health and behavioral health services they need. That is no mere regulatory revision; it is a game changer for kids and [...]

Increased Federal Child Care Funds Provide Needed Boost

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Increased Federal Child Care Funds Provide Needed Boost Continued investments will support young children, working families, and the state economy LOUISVILLE, KY – A new infographic from Kentucky Youth Advocates and several key Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children partners highlights how the recent federal investment in child care is fueling local economies and offering opportunities to working families. Last Spring, Congress increased funding for child care assistance through the [...]

Guest Post: (Y)Our Role in Keeping Kids Safe

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal and Kentucky Today on April 19, 2019.  By Keith Inman Everyone likes to be ranked number one – especially here in Kentucky with our prized horses, bourbon, and basketball. But this? This is not a number one ranking Kentuckians should be proud of: Kentucky has the highest rate of child victims of abuse and is double the national rate. Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped [...]

By |2019-04-22T16:12:11-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Guest Post: Ending Child Care Deserts Is Possible in 2020 and We Would All Benefit

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Herald Leader on April 18, 2019.  By Cindy McGaha and Andrea Woodward Will Wright’s recent article about Kentucky’s child care deserts brought much-needed attention to the lack of available and affordable child care in the state. Two crucial points we want to emphasize in response are that all of us—whether or not we have children—have incredible gains at stake when we advocate for increases to federal child care subsidies, [...]

By |2019-04-22T11:53:43-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Senator McConnell Federal Tobacco-21 Legislation Announcement

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell announced plans to introduce a “tobacco 21” bill in the U.S. Senate to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products nationwide from age 18 to 21. This proposal could prove to be a profound piece of legislation that makes a real difference in the health and well-being of not only Kentucky children [...]

By |2019-04-18T10:54:10-04:00April 18th, 2019|Health, News Room|

Kentucky Youth Advocates Hosts Cheers for Children 2019 Celebration

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Kentucky Youth Advocates Hosts Cheers for Children 2019 Celebration LOUISVILLE, KY – On Thursday, April 11th, Kentucky Youth Advocates hosted the Cheers for Children 2019 Celebration to celebrate progress for kids during this year’s legislative session and to honor community advocates who helped make that progress happen. In the 2019 legislative session, four Kentucky Youth Advocates and Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children priority bills were passed by the General Assembly and signed [...]

By |2019-04-12T10:12:54-04:00April 12th, 2019|News Room|