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Kinship Families Coalition of KY: Recognizing September as Kinship Care Month

September is National Kinship Care Month, and it is also recognized in Kentucky as Kinship Care Month by Governor Andy Beshear. It is important to continue lifting up the voices of our relative and fictive kin caregivers to ensure the children in their care have every opportunity to grow up to be successful and thriving Kentucky citizens.  Kinship and fictive kin caregivers continue to step up for children in Kentucky to ensure they stay safely [...]

By |2022-09-29T12:39:00-04:00September 29th, 2022|Blog, Bloom Kentucky, Child Welfare & Safety|

Thriving Families, Safer Children: Community-Focused Child Abuse Prevention

The Thriving Families, Safer Children work in Kentucky continues in many different ways among the partner organizations. One of the ways that the partnership is working towards ensuring kids are safe and families are thriving is by engaging in locally-focused conversations around primary and secondary child abuse prevention.  The Department for Community Based Services, Administrative Office of the Courts, and Kentucky Youth Advocates facilitated 9 regional community conversations called Visioning Sessions to engage each region [...]

By |2022-07-07T15:26:00-04:00July 7th, 2022|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Thriving Families, Safer Children in Kentucky

Thriving Families, Safer Children (TFSC) is a first-of-its-kind effort of the U.S. Children’s Bureau, Casey Family Programs, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Prevent Child Abuse America. The partnership is working in 22 sites, including Kentucky, from coast to coast and a sovereign tribal nation. The Thriving Families effort seeks to demonstrate that intentional, coordinated investment in a full continuum of prevention and robust community-based networks of support will promote overall child and family well-being, [...]

By |2022-05-10T11:10:41-04:00April 12th, 2022|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Foster Care Alumni Research and Advocacy: A Focus on Institutional Settings

Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with Casey Family Programs and True Up Kentucky, is launching a new project focused on foster care alumni and their experiences in residential care or institutional settings* while in the child welfare system. Our researchers include foster care alumni, helping shape questions and facilitate conversations.  KYA and True Up will advocate and work for those with lived experiences in the child welfare system by lifting up their voices with the [...]

By |2022-06-08T18:27:17-04:00April 6th, 2022|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Tools to Help You Act

This blog post was originally posted on The Child Welfare Advocate Blog by WKU Center for Child Welfare Education and Research on April 14, 2021.  Kentucky was recognized for the third year in a row as having the highest rate of child maltreatment in the nation.[1] That is an overwhelming statistic and a lot to unpack for those of us who work with families and children. So, what does that mean for advocates? As an advocate, [...]

By |2021-04-22T15:52:40-04:00April 22nd, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

12 Months Later: Family First Virtual Forums in Kentucky

Throughout the month of November 2020 there will be a round of nine virtual forums related to the federal Family First Prevention Services Act with the Administrative Office of the Courts, the Department for Community Based Services, and Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with Casey Family Programs.  In the summer of 2019, the same groups hosted nine in-person regional forums to introduce Kentuckians to the Family First Prevention Services Act and get a better [...]

By |2020-12-14T12:19:23-05:00October 27th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Kentucky’s Family First Prevention Plan Was Approved—So What and What’s Next?

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services recently publicly announced the federal government’s acceptance of the Kentucky Family First Prevention Plan. The Department for Community Based Services and others who have been awaiting patiently for approval quickly cheered and then went back to work. We at Kentucky Youth Advocates wanted to take a moment to pause and properly celebrate the major piece of the Child Welfare Transformation pie that will lend to keeping more [...]

By |2020-06-04T14:21:06-04:00June 4th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Launch of the Family First Act Communications & Advocacy Toolkit

Children and teens involved in the child welfare system do best in families, where there is a safe and stable environment that supports their growth and well-being. Passage of the bipartisan federal Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 (Family First) took important steps to realign federal funding to ensure children in foster care are placed with families and to prioritize critical supports, such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, in-home parent skill-based programs, and [...]

By |2019-10-24T12:49:03-04:00October 24th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Child Abuse is 100% Preventable: 5 Ways to Act

The Department for Community Based Services’ annual report on child fatalities and near fatalities due to abuse and neglect was released last month. This report is mandated by law and provides information on the fatalities and near fatalities due to the maltreatment of children under the age of 18 in Kentucky. The report details data on fatalities and near fatalities and discusses demographic information as well as perpetrator information and risk factors present in the [...]

By |2019-10-02T14:08:47-04:00October 2nd, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Kinship Caregiver Support Groups: A Shoulder to Lean On

There are nearly 100,000 Kentucky kids living in kinship care. While beneficial for children, kinship care can pose considerable financial, legal, and emotional challenges for caregivers. Research has shown that kinship caregivers go to great lengths to meet the needs of the relative children, however, their efforts often come at the expense of their own personal care. Social support contributes to caregivers’ ability to provide a nurturing environment for the children in their care [...]

By |2019-09-11T16:22:44-04:00September 11th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|
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