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A Look at the Impact of Maternal Incarceration & Addiction on KY Children

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the intersection of incarceration, substance abuse, and parenting--including new data about mothers who are incarcerated and state policy changes that would allow parents to be held accountable while remaining connected to their child. Panelists included Jennifer Hancock, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Mid-States, and Chaly Downs, graduate of VOA's Freedom House Women's Addiction Recovery Program. View slides from the presentation. Check out the [...]

By |2020-12-17T10:50:22-05:00December 17th, 2020|Podcast|

Addressing the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Kentucky Children

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Addressing the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Kentucky Children New Issue Brief Features Data Trends and Policy Recommendations LOUISVILLE, KY – A new Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children issue brief released today by Kentucky Youth Advocates, Data Trends and Policy Recommendations to Address the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Kentucky’s Children, shows that the number of women incarcerated has grown at an alarming pace in Kentucky in recent decades and that women [...]

By |2020-12-15T19:23:11-05:00December 16th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Justice, News Room, Race Equity|

Kentucky Families with Children Continue to Struggle During the Pandemic: New Data Show Challenges with Hunger, Housing, Health Insurance, and Mental Health

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org   Kentucky Families with Children Continue to Struggle During the Pandemic New Data Show Challenges with Hunger, Housing, Health Insurance, and Mental Health LOUISVILLE, KY — Too many Kentucky families continue to struggle with food security, ability to pay next month’s rent or mortgage, and mental health, according to Kids, Families and COVID-19: Pandemic Pain Points and the Urgent Need to Respond, a 50-state report of recent household data developed by the Annie E. [...]

Launching the 2021 Blueprint for KY’s Children Policy Priorities

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the 2021 Blueprint for Kentucky's Children state policy priorities, which seeks to address child health, safety, education, families' economic security, and more. Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers also joins the forum for a look ahead to the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly. As the commonwealth works to overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and address systemic racism, the Blueprint speaks with a common voice to [...]

By |2020-12-09T13:56:51-05:00December 10th, 2020|Podcast|

Announcing the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2021 Policy Priorities

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Announcing the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children 2021 Policy Priorities Louisville, KY – Today, Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners from across the commonwealth are launching the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children’s 2021 policy and budget priorities. The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children is a coalition of non-profit, public, and private organizations that stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch a prosperous future for [...]

2020 KIDS COUNT County Data Book: What Gets Measured Gets Changed

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we continue our discussion on data and policy solutions from the new 2020 KIDS COUNT County Data Book, including the theme of this year’s book — the impact of the “dual pandemics” of COVID-19 and racial injustice. A special thanks to state Senator Julie Raque Adams, Majority Caucus Chair, and state Representative Angie Hatton, Minority Whip, for sharing their takeaways from the data and a look ahead to the 2021 General Assembly. [...]

By |2020-12-02T17:02:03-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Podcast|

OP-ED: Latinx Families Hit Especially Hard by COVID, But There is a Silver Lining

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020. By Karina Barillas Karina Barillas, La Casita Center COVID-19 has brought the health of Kentuckians into focus and reminded us that we face a collective challenge to staying healthy and accessing the health care we need. The pandemic affects us all, but affects us differently, depending on resources, meaningful access to services and information, and privilege or knowledge about navigating health [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:06:52-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Health, Race Equity|

OP-ED: Remote Learning Exposes Deep Digital Divide Hurting Kids Across Kentucky

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020. By Dr. Kish Cumi Price and Alicia Sells One of the longest-lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be the loss of education opportunities for children across our commonwealth. While undertaken for the public health of our communities, school closures and shifts to remote learning have presented numerous, ongoing challenges for students. These range from loss of face-to-face interactions with teachers and peers, [...]

By |2020-11-23T14:09:20-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Blog, Education, Kids Count, Race Equity|

OP-ED: Creating a Path to Recovery to Reduce Parental Incarceration

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020.  By Chaly Downs and Jennifer Hancock Chaly Downs, Freedom House Graduate The latest Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book provides the annual look at how children are faring in each county. For community partners to policymakers, the data book is a roadmap – it tells us where our Commonwealth can do better to give Kentucky children the opportunities they need [...]

OP-ED: There’s No Time to Lose – We Must Invest in Child Care Now

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal November 19, 2020.  By Chuck Denny, Cori Gadansky, and Rose Smith Child care is essential. Never in modern times have we experienced greater understanding of the vital role that child care providers play in our community. Parents rely on safe, affordable child care – whether at a licensed center or a home-based setting – to be able to work. Employers depend on reliable child care [...]

By |2020-11-23T13:49:46-05:00November 23rd, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Kids Count, Race Equity|
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