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So far kya has created 25 blog entries.

National Brush Day: Let’s Give Halloween Sweets the Brush Off!

By Cortney Downs, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern On Halloween, kids everywhere excitedly dressed up as their favorite cartoon characters before going trick-or-treating and devouring tons of candy and other sugary treats. For many kids, it’s a day they look forward to all year long! But with sugary treats comes the increased risk of cavities and tooth decay, the single most common childhood disease in the United States. As a result, November 1st has been designated [...]

By |2017-11-10T15:08:34-04:00October 31st, 2017|Blog, Health|

Kids Rely on the State Budget to Support Kinship Caregivers

By Carli Mosby, Kentucky Youth Advocates intern Even with the special session to address pension reform expected soon, legislators are looking ahead to the legislative session that will include the crafting and passing of a two-year state budget. As many Kentucky families know firsthand, budgets can be tough. Ensuring that money coming in will cover the necessary costs of life can, at times, be difficult and stressful. Kinship caregivers who have willingly stepped up to [...]

By |2017-10-27T12:47:43-04:00October 27th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Race for Results: All Kids Deserve a Path to Success

All Kentucky kids deserve a path to a successful and productive adulthood. The reality is, however, that the zip code in which children live, the amount of money their family earns, and the color of their skin are pervasive and powerful influences on the childhood they will have and the future they can embrace. Today, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 2017 Race for Results report, which features index scores calculated from 12 key [...]

By |2017-11-10T15:10:02-04:00October 24th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health, Kids Count|

Kentucky Youth Speak Up: Improving Outcomes of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

We know that youth in Kentucky are key to creating positive change for kids, and their leadership galvanizes other youth, parents, educators, community leaders, and legislators. In the Kentucky Youth Speak Up series, students advocate for policies, encourage other youth to serve their communities, promote strategies for student success, and motivate all of us to build the best commonwealth for Kentucky kids. In a recent presentation to the House Working Group on Adoption, Cynthia, a member of the [...]

By |2017-11-10T15:13:50-04:00October 17th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

The Sixth Circuit Court Ruling: What Does It Say?

Every kid needs a family and a safe place to call home. When kids can’t live safely with their parents, the next best alternative is to live with a family member. Placement with relatives and close family friends reduces the trauma of separation and sets kids up for a brighter future. On January 27, 2017, the Sixth Circuit Court ruled that the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (Cabinet) must provide foster care maintenance payments to “approved” [...]

By |2017-10-11T22:15:04-04:00October 11th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council Update: New Members and Opportunities

First Lady Glenna Bevin recently welcomed current and new members of the First Lady’s Youth Leadership Council (FLYLC) for their fall retreat in Louisville. The FLYLC consists of 18 young people, ranging in age from 13 to 22 years old, from across the commonwealth, including from Covington, Glasgow, Owensboro, Louisville, Franklin, Barbourville, Stanford, Albany, and Hazard. Members of the Council represent a cross-section of Kentucky youth who either have a special interest in advocating for [...]

By |2017-11-21T15:49:53-04:00October 11th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Court Decision on Financial Support for Kentucky Relative Caregivers

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 EXT 122 Statement by Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Every kid deserves a family and a safe place to call home. When a child experiences the trauma of being removed from their home due to abuse or neglect they need support from caring and capable adults who have the resources to meet their needs. Relative caregivers often provide a safe alternative for kids who cannot remain safely [...]

By |2017-10-10T17:57:16-04:00October 10th, 2017|News Room|

Building Kentucky’s State Budget

Every two years, the Governor and legislature craft a biennial budget to guide the operation of state government. Kentuckians rely on the budget beyond what we may automatically think of, like roads, public parks, and public-school education. Kentucky families rely on the state budget to keep children safe, support kids' healthy development, and put kids on track for a prosperous future. Kentucky invests in kids by crafting a state budget that provides preventive oral health [...]

By |2017-11-10T15:17:47-04:00October 5th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education, Health, Youth Justice|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Children’s Health Insurance Program

Contact: Mara Powell 859-496-5524 Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates In mid-September, it looked like a sure win for America’s kids when it came to health care. The Hatch/Wyden bill had passed out of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and it looked as if kids across the commonwealth and the country would be covered as funding of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was extended. But somewhere and somehow [...]

By |2017-10-02T12:30:16-04:00October 2nd, 2017|News Room|

Prioritizing Youth Outcomes and Public Safety Benefits the Bottom Line

By Clarissa Mobley, a Master's student at the Kent School of Social Work and a KYA intern Success! That is what Kentucky families and children are achieving with juvenile justice reforms. Simultaneously, the state is seeing a reduction in the number of juvenile offenses. Secretary John Tilley of the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Commissioner Carey D. Cockerell of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) recently presented on the success of reforms in [...]

By |2017-11-10T15:19:55-04:00September 27th, 2017|Blog, Youth Justice|