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New Infographic Shows How We Can Better Support Kinship Families

As we near the end of National Foster Care Month, it is fitting to recognize the grandparents and other relatives who are raising children in Kentucky. Research shows that when children cannot remain safely with their parents, they are better off with family. Yet, we also know that kinship care poses lots of challenges, and these families need our support. Today, the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky, which is coordinated by Kentucky Youth Advocates, releases [...]

By |2015-05-28T09:11:47-04:00May 28th, 2015|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Kids Count|

New SNAP Benefits “Plant the Seeds” for a Healthier Kentucky

On the first warm weekend in March, my husband enlisted our daughters to help him prepare our vegetable garden beds and plant the first seeds – carrots, lettuce, kale, and swiss chard. Already, the green seedlings have sprouted and we are well on our way to some delicious home grown veggies. Later this summer, we will relish the vision of our daughters pulling the full grown carrots out of the garden with the beautiful green [...]

By |2015-04-23T10:41:36-04:00April 23rd, 2015|Blog, Economic Security, Health|

Speak Up in Support of Home Visiting on March 3rd Day of Action

Home visiting is one of the most successful ways to help support parents in the tough job of parenting. Kentucky’s voluntary home visiting programs are supported with federal funding through the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV). This funding is set to expire March 31, 2015, putting home visiting programs at risk of not being able to serve families in need. Please join us in a national Home Visiting Day of Action on Tuesday, March [...]

By |2015-02-27T10:49:03-04:00February 27th, 2015|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Takeaways from Kentucky’s New Kindergarten Readiness Scores

Last week, Governor Beshear announced the results of the Brigance Kindergarten Readiness Screener, which showed that 50 percent of incoming Kindergarteners entered school prepared to learn last fall. That’s a slight improvement from last year’s result of 49 percent and suggests good news for the Commonwealth. We hope this means we are moving in the right direction. Why does it matter? Kindergarten readiness scores are a great tool to help answer the question of how [...]

By |2015-01-28T11:43:00-04:00January 28th, 2015|Blog, Education, Kids Count|

Governor Beshear Delivers on Promise to Restore Child Care Assistance

Children in Kentucky saw an amazing win this past April when Governor Beshear and state legislators restored funding for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) in the 2015-2016 state budget which begins on July 1. Since the legislative session ended, parents, providers and advocates have anxiously awaited the details of how the restored funding will roll out. Last Friday we got those details. Governor Beshear announced he will increase the eligibility for child care assistance for Fiscal Year 2015 to 140 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and open up the program on August [...]

By |2014-06-26T06:25:37-04:00June 26th, 2014|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Economic Security, Education|

Ask Governor Beshear to Re-open CCAP Enrollment in July

Recently, Governor Beshear said that he might delay restoring child care assistance until August or even later. The legislature approved funding to restore assistance beginning July 1. That means the freeze on applications was supposed to be lifted and eligibility increased in the upcoming fiscal year, which begins in about two weeks. The governor said state revenues are below expectations, but a cabinet spokesperson said that the shortfall should not impact child care payments. Please contact the [...]

By |2014-06-17T11:24:06-04:00June 17th, 2014|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

Kentucky Families Win with Signing of SB 176

In Kentucky, family values are more than just talk. That’s why more than 59,000 children are being raised by grandparents, aunts, uncles and other extended family members – also known as kinship care. Research shows that when children cannot live safely with their parents, they fare better with relatives than in foster care. Yet, Kentucky’s kinship families face economic, legal and emotional challenges. They need state leaders to remove unnecessary barriers and ensure they have [...]

By |2014-05-07T10:35:34-04:00May 7th, 2014|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

The Passage of SB 176 Helps Real KY Families

As many of you who follow Kentucky Youth Advocates’ blog know, kinship families in Kentucky saw a major win in this year’s General Assembly with passage of Senate Bill 176, sponsored by Denise Harper Angel.  SB 176 allows a relative caregiver to complete an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, stating that they are the primary caregiver of the child, and then by presenting the form they can authorize health care treatment, educational services, and school enrollment. [...]

By |2014-04-02T15:38:59-04:00April 2nd, 2014|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

Enacting a Kinship Caregiver Authorization Law in Kentucky

Yesterday, Senator Harper Angel filed SB 176 to allow a relative caregiver to access key services for the children in their care when legal custody or guardianship is not feasible. We applaud her for her leadership on this important issue for kids and look forward to the bill moving forward through the Senate and House this session. Children across Kentucky are being denied access to education and health care solely because they are being raised [...]

By |2014-03-05T17:46:29-04:00March 5th, 2014|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

Wave 3 Story – The New Family Dynamic: Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren

Check out a great story by Dawne Gee from Wave 3 News on the rising number of grandparents raising grandchildren. Gee captures the stories of a number of grandparents and the challenges they face. She also interviews Kentucky Youth Advocates’ executive director, Terry Brooks who states: "It really does call on folks on lots of levels to begin to get our arms around the issue. To think about what those grandparents need in order to [...]

By |2014-02-27T14:35:59-04:00February 27th, 2014|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|