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

Contact: Mara Powell 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 “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 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|

Adoptive Mom and Biological Mom Team Up so Their Children can Thrive

By Stacey Burton As a child I dreamed of being a mother to a house full of children. That dream did not change throughout the years, but the plan of how the dream would be fulfilled and what that family would look like changed drastically. I remember watching documentaries on adoption and foster care as a teenager and knew that would somehow fit into my story. Now, many years later, not only did foster care [...]

By |2019-11-04T15:43:23-05:00November 4th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Children With Incarcerated Parents Too Often Overlooked

By Judi Jennings, Ph.D. Louisville Family Justice Advocates Special Project art activity by Layfierre Mitchell October is national SEE US SUPPORT US Month led by the New York-based Osborne Foundation to raise public awareness about the impact of parental incarceration on children. Parental incarceration is more than a temporary separation of child and parent because incarceration affects children differently than other forms of parental loss. Having an incarcerated parent carries strong social stigma [...]

By |2019-10-23T08:53:19-05:00October 23rd, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Justice|

Interview with KY Attorney General Candidate Daniel Cameron

Terry Brooks sits down with Kentucky Attorney General Candidate Daniel Cameron to discuss issues impacting Kentucky kids, such as the impact of parental incarceration on kids, improvements to the youth justice system, and more. Tune in to hear the candidate’s ideas for making Kentucky the best place to young. Listen to our podcast episode featuring Kentucky Attorney General Candidate Greg Stumbo. [...]

By |2019-11-07T15:39:53-05:00October 22nd, 2019|Podcast|