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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 455 blog entries.

We See You, We Support You: The Impact of Parental Incarceration on Kentucky Youth

By Danielle Hempel, MSSW Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates In 2015, See Us, Support Us was created as a month-long opportunity in October to build national awareness, visibility, and support for children whose parents have been incarcerated. Kentucky has the third highest rate in the nation of children who have experienced parental incarceration. In 2017-2018, 12 percent of all children in the Commonwealth had experienced the incarceration of a parent, exceeding the national average of 7 [...]

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Substance Use Amidst the Pandemic

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss substance use amidst COVID-19, the intersection of trauma and substance use, and how state policies and budget investments can best respond and prevent substance use, especially for families with children. Panelists included Toya Gatewood, Clinical Manager at the Morton Center; Carolina Glover, Case Manager for the Daviess Circuit Court, Family Division; and Tiffany Hall, Chief Operating Officer at Volunteers of America Mid-States. Register to join [...]

By |2020-10-28T14:48:02-04:00October 29th, 2020|Podcast|

Understanding Trauma and Practicing Self-Care to Build Resiliency

By Emily Burden and Kayce Dallas, MSSW interns at Kentucky Youth Advocates Trauma has no boundaries. A baby who grew up with domestic violence in their home has experienced a traumatic event. A child who has been sexually abused has experienced a traumatic event. A youth who survived a severe hurricane has experienced a traumatic event. Because trauma can impact anyone, it is important that we approach individuals with a trauma-informed care lens. It's also important [...]

By |2020-10-23T11:03:23-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

Racial Disparities in Foster Care and Why It Matters for Kentucky Youth

By Danielle Hempel, MSSW Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates Children in the foster care system are among our most vulnerable youth due to the trauma many have experienced and the potential for that trauma to be exacerbated by the stressors of foster care. Therefore, it is particularly troubling that racial disparities exist within the foster care system. Numerous studies have found that once involved in the child welfare system, Black children are much more likely to [...]

By |2020-10-22T12:16:23-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Race Equity|

Recognizing, Intervening, and Preventing Human Trafficking

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss human trafficking and exploitation, including types of trafficking, prevalence in Kentucky, prevention and intervention strategies, and the impact of COVID-19. Panelists included Marissa Castellanos, Director of the Bakhita Empowerment Initiative at Catholic Charities of Louisville; Rebecca Sim, Director of the Immigration Legal Services at Catholic Charities of Louisville; and Dr. Ginny Sprang, Executive Director of the Center on Trauma and Children at the University of [...]

By |2020-10-21T13:10:49-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Podcast|

A Conversation with U.S. Senate Candidate Amy McGrath

Amy McGrath, Kentucky candidate for the U.S. Senate, joined child advocates on October 15th to discuss federal issues and solutions focused on kids, families, and strong communities. The forum was hosted by Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children, Council for Agency Executives, Kosair Charities Face It Movement, Kentucky Nonprofit Network, and Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Please note, an invitation has been extended to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to [...]

By |2020-10-19T15:05:10-04:00October 20th, 2020|Podcast|

Tobacco-Free Policies: Wins for Kids and Work Left to Do

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the data and health impacts of Kentucky youth tobacco use, recent policy wins to curb tobacco use among youth, and policies to consider in the 2021 Kentucky legislative session to continue improving youth health and well-being. Panelists included Bonnie Hackbarth, Vice President of External Affairs at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Shannon Smith, Kentucky Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association; and Ben [...]

By |2020-10-14T11:35:45-04:00October 15th, 2020|Podcast|

KY Youth Advocates and Partners to Host Virtual Forum with U.S. Senate Candidate Amy McGrath

Contact: Kelsey Dimar kdimar@kyyouth.org Kentucky Youth Advocates and Partners to Host Virtual Forum with U.S. Senate Candidate Amy McGrath WHAT: Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children, Council for Agency Executives, Kosair Charities Face It Movement to End Child Abuse, Kentucky Nonprofit Network, and Center for Nonprofit Excellence, to host a virtual forum with U.S. Senate Candidate Amy McGrath. The forum will explore federal issues and solutions focused on kids, families, [...]

By |2020-10-13T10:05:32-04:00October 12th, 2020|News Room|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impacts on Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on families experiencing domestic violence, including the complex dynamics within families, how neighbors and professionals can help, and resources available for survivors. Panelists included Teshanna Brown, Director of Domestic Violence Services for Center for Women and Families; Arlene Grullon, Director of Emergency Shelter for Center for Women and Families; Olivia Spradlin, Senior Program Specialist with Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and [...]

By |2020-10-08T16:24:31-04:00October 8th, 2020|Podcast|

OP-ED: From Neighbors to Dentists, How Everyone Can Help Keep Our Kids Safe

This was originally posted as an op-ed by the Courier Journal, Herald Leader, Kentucky Today, and NKY Tribune. By Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, Dr. Christina Howard, and Keith Inman In the last seven months, Kentuckians have heard a lot about how, even in these unprecedented times of physical distancing, we can come together to help protect our family and neighbors from the spread of COVID-19 and stay connected so no one feels alone. Dr. Christina Howard As [...]

By |2020-10-06T12:47:51-04:00October 6th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|