Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 email@example.com Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates In Kentucky, 13 percent of children have had a parent separated from them due to incarceration – the 2nd highest rate in the nation. Parental incarceration not only causes instability and trauma for children, but also creates a heavy financial burden for the family left behind from loss of income and any accumulating legal fines and fees. Children experiencing [...]
Currently, our state lawmakers are working hard to craft and pass a two-year state budget that would fund the state Cabinets that provide child protection, child care, education, health services, and more. Governor Andy Beshear will present his proposed Executive Branch Budget for the Commonwealth of Kentucky during the Budget Address on Tuesday, January 28th. In the weeks following, the Kentucky House and Senate will work on their version of the budget and resolve differences [...]
Terry Brooks sits down with Norma Hatfield, President of the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky, who shares her story of becoming a kinship caregiver and how that experience has shaped her advocacy efforts for kinship families across the Commonwealth. Norma encourages kinship caregivers and all of our listeners to urge elected leaders to prioritize investments for children who have experienced abuse and neglect by supporting kinship families, including financial and respite care supports. Learn more about kinship [...]
This op-ed was originally posted in the Courier Journal on January 17, 2020. By Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates In 1978, “The Farmer’s Almanac” first published a list of “folk wisdom” from Dick Goddard about signs of an approaching bad winter. More than four decades later, it is still one of the most popular features of that publication. You’ve seen that list or a similar one — thicker than normal corn husks; [...]
Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 firstname.lastname@example.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Louisville, KY – Kids in Louisville have always been able to count on Mayor Greg Fischer as a leader with a heart and a backbone. He and Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell showed their commitment to kids again today by joining a landmark lawsuit against Juul, the United States’ largest manufacturer of e-cigarettes. The powerfully negative impact that [...]
Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 email@example.com Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates In the midst of the youth vaping epidemic in Kentucky and on the heels of recent federal changes to combat it nationally, we applaud Senator Ralph Alvarado for championing Senate Bill 56, which seeks to codify in state law the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21. We also commend Senator Alvarado [...]
Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 firstname.lastname@example.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates We agree with Governor Andy Beshear that every vulnerable child is a critical priority for all of us. In fact, every child is a critical priority because in every child lies a promise and a potential. Much of what the Governor said this evening in his first state of the Commonwealth address echoes the core foundations of the [...]
Terry Brooks sits down with Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman to discuss her new roles as Kentucky's Lieutenant Governor and the Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and her priorities to improve outcomes for all kids and families.
Attorney General Cameron Joins Partners in the Kosair Charities Face It Movement for Press Conference on Child Abuse Prevention and Prosecution
Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 email@example.com LOUISVILLE, KY (January 7, 2020) – Kentucky has the highest rate of child victims of abuse and more than double the national rate. Today, with partners in the Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron shared his office’s commitment to helping end child abuse in the Commonwealth. “Child abuse exploits the innocence of youth and robs our children of the security and safety they desperately need [...]
Terry Brooks sits down with Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader Joni Jenkins to discuss the upcoming 2020 legislative session, developing the biennial state budget, and prioritizing issues impacting kids, such as continuing momentum in child welfare, minimizing the impact of parental incarceration, and addressing the addiction crisis.