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So far Kentucky Youth Advocates has created 150 blog entries.

Guest Post: The Importance of the “Juice Conversation”

By Dr. Julia Richerson As a pediatrician, we have the honor of working with families and children as they grow and develop as both children and parents. We develop very strong relationships with the families we work with and try as hard as we can to be a valuable resource to them. We do all of this in brief 10-15 minute visits every few months for the first few years of the child’s life. To [...]

By | 2017-06-02T11:34:53+00:00 June 2nd, 2017|Blog, Health|

Speaking Up for the Voiceless During Foster Care Month

A youth leader shares her journey through out-of-home care and encourages advocates to speak up for the voiceless, including those in foster care. By Tessa, a member of the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council through the Homeward Bound Shelter in Covington, KY Youth advocacy is really important to me because I never really had a say in what happened to me when I was removed from my mom’s house. I was removed from the house [...]

By | 2017-05-26T13:38:02+00:00 May 26th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

40 Years of Showing Up for Kids

Since our founding in 1977, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates have made it our vision to make Kentucky the best place in America to be a kid. Forty years ago, with a much smaller staff and budget, advocates came together to find solutions for Kentucky’s kids. What we lacked in resources we made up for in our unwavering commitment to ensure a brighter future for our youngest citizens. As we kick off our 40th birthday [...]

By | 2017-05-22T11:53:29+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Youth Justice|

Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families

This blog was originally posted by Casey Family Programs on April 24, 2017. Photo courtesy of Casey Family Programs May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize the nearly 413,000 youth under 18 who are in foster care in America and who need a permanent, loving family. This year’s theme, “Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families,” acknowledges resource families — which include foster parents, foster-to-adopt families, and relative/kinship caregivers — as critical partners [...]

By | 2017-05-10T17:13:53+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Statement on House Passage of the American Health Care Act

Contact: Jessie Whitish 502-214-0303 jwhitish@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The health of Kentucky's kids became as risky as a bet on the Derby with the passage of the American Health Care Act by the House today. There are positives that merit note to be sure. As an example, we appreciate the House's commitment to continue coverage for young adults until the age of 26. That is especially crucial for [...]

By | 2017-05-04T16:16:23+00:00 May 4th, 2017|News Room|

Send Us Photos of Your Kentucky Kids

Kentucky Youth Advocates is looking for photos of Kentucky kids to include in the 2017 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book and other Kentucky Youth Advocates publications. We know you all proudly share pictures of your kids and grandkids by carrying them in your wallet and posting them on Instagram and Facebook. Here’s a great chance to promote those great kids through Kentucky Youth Advocates’ materials. We need your photos by August 31st so please start sending them in. In order to [...]

By | 2017-05-03T17:24:46+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Blog, Kids Count|

Statement on Governor’s Appointment of Child Welfare Czar

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The appointment of Daniel Dumas as Kentucky’s child welfare czar underscores Governor Matt Bevin’s commitment to children and families. This new position carries real potential as a catalyst for change. And we hope that the Governor and the Czar will embrace the call for revolution and not incremental improvement around the child welfare system, be that about adoptions or preserving [...]

By | 2017-05-03T10:48:22+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|News Room|

Statement on Upholding Ruling in the Supreme Court to Allow Supports to Children in Relative Foster Care

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Common sense won in the 6th Circuit Court ruling. And so did kids. All children who are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect have undergone trauma. And all of them need support from caring and capable adults who have the resources to meet their needs. For too long in Kentucky, we have created a false dichotomy in [...]

By | 2017-04-28T16:35:43+00:00 April 28th, 2017|News Room|

Kentucky Youth Advocates Position Statement Regarding Federal Healthcare Legislation

“Is it good for kids?” That is the question we at Kentucky Youth Advocates always ask of our decision-makers, and we are applying that simple litmus test to the debates around new federal healthcare legislation. Health impacts every aspect of a child’s life and is one of the most important components of overall child well-being. For optimal health, children need access to health coverage that allows them to receive high quality care addressing their physical, behavioral, [...]

By | 2017-04-25T19:00:01+00:00 April 25th, 2017|Blog, Health|

Guest Post: When Parenting Doesn’t Go As Planned

This post originally appeared as a blog on the Face It Movement to end child abuse website. By Erin Warmbier Being a parent is a lesson in “Things Not Going As Planned,” and also a lesson in “Being Humbled Around Complete Strangers.” When I think about times that I failed as a parent I honestly think “Boy! There are so many to choose from! Which one?” The time I was working the church nursery check-in [...]

By | 2017-04-11T11:42:51+00:00 April 11th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|