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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 174 blog entries.

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Gov. and First Lady Bevin’s Announcement on Appointments to Child Welfare Transformation Initiative

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, Governor Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin announced that Chris and Alicia Johnson will join the administration as Special Advisors in the Office of Faith and Community Based Initiatives. The Johnsons will work closely with the Department for Community Based Services within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to support the department’s ongoing adoption and foster care initiatives, including [...]

By |2018-08-01T15:18:40+00:00August 1st, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Reversal of Medicaid Co-pay Mandates

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky's kids – and especially the state's most vulnerable – won today because of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services' decision to reverse Medicaid co-payment mandates. Providing the most children with the most access is ethical governance and a smart return on investment at the same time.

By |2018-07-27T20:33:48+00:00July 27th, 2018|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Restoration of Medicaid Dental and Vision Benefits

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Oral health is essential to the overall health and well-being of children and their families. That is why we at Kentucky Youth Advocates are glad to see the Bevin Administration’s commitment to restore dental, vision, and non-emergency transportation benefits that are essential to Kentuckians’ health. Though children, pregnant women, and former foster youth up to age 26 were [...]

By |2018-07-19T19:40:30+00:00July 19th, 2018|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Appointment of Department for Community Based Services Commissioner

Contact: Shannon Moody 502-895-8167 *126 smoody@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today offers real hope and real promise to Kentucky’s kids and families with the announcement that Eric Clark has been named DCBS Commissioner. That job demands head and heart, compassion and rigor, a big picture perspective and attention to detail. Eric Clark exemplifies that complex job description. As Commissioner, Eric faces an array of immediate opportunities and obligations. [...]

By |2018-07-05T17:18:13+00:00July 5th, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Unintentional Denial of Routine Dental Care for Children and Pregnant Women

Contact: Mahak Kalra Mkalra@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *114 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Unintentional Denial of Routine Dental Care for Children and Pregnant Women  Louisville, KY – In the midst of the political toxicity that has surrounded the proposed 1115 waiver, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) have consistently commended Governor Bevin and his administration for protecting children, pregnant women, and former foster youth up to age 26 from changes in coverage as the state sought to transition Medicaid [...]

By |2018-07-05T12:29:09+00:00July 5th, 2018|Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Kentucky’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver Federal Court Ruling

Contact: Jessie Whitish 502-895-8167 *121 jwhitish@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today’s ruling inevitably means further court wrangling and continued uncertainty for Kentucky’s families. Health coverage is so vital, and it’s tough on families who are left with more questions than answers as the case moves to the next court setting. Regardless of the final outcome of the case and regardless of attendant decisions, Kentucky Youth Advocates is going [...]

By |2018-07-05T12:28:31+00:00June 29th, 2018|Health, News Room|

2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book Reveals Improved Child Outcomes and Continued Areas of Need in Kentucky

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book Reveals Improved Child Outcomes and Continued Areas of Need in Kentucky Accurate count in 2020 census critical to sustaining progress Louisville, KY – Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s standing is due in part to progress in family economic well-being, child health coverage, teen births, and parental [...]

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Kentucky Kinship Caregiver Supports

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates A Supreme Court ruling and a significant budget commitment from the Governor and General Assembly during the 2018 legislative session gave kinship caregivers across Kentucky unprecedented hope for a better tomorrow as they care for children. And yet, that hope has been displaced by uncertainty and confusion, frustration and a continued lack of sufficient support. Two arenas must be addressed by [...]

By |2018-06-26T17:21:14+00:00June 26th, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

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 |2018-08-01T12:24:40+00:00June 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+00:00May 31st, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|