ACTION ALERTS!

 

 

 

We’re celebrating the final passage of four Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy priorities! Take action by thanking your state Senator and Representative for supporting these important wins for kids:

Take Action!


Sign up to receive action alerts and other updates about policies that are good for kids and families here.

TEXT

ALERTS!

 

 

Get the latest news, updates, and action alerts on issues impacting Kentucky kids in your pocket!

Sign up to receive text alerts from Kentucky Youth Advocates by texting KYAinfo to 555-888.

About Shannon Moody

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Shannon Moody has created 57 blog entries.

A Journey to Find a Family

When the child welfare system enters a child’s life and determines they are not safe at home, the child’s journey into the out-of-home care system begins. Potential placements include: A recent story on NPR’s Youth Radio details a young man’s 20 years spent in the foster care system. He entered out-of-home care as a baby, his siblings scattered through the system, and finally left the system at age 21. He says they were separated and [...]

By |2017-01-26T08:45:51-04:00January 26th, 2017|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

National Adoption Month: Finding a Forever Family

In Kentucky, there are nearly 1,800 children with a goal of adoption as part of the plans created for them by adults making very tough decisions. Being without a family should not be part of any child’s plan. It is, however, the unfortunate reality for many children in the Commonwealth and across the United States. As we start off the month of November, a month where many make plans for family gatherings to celebrate Thanksgiving, [...]

By |2016-11-01T12:19:54-04:00November 1st, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Why are Kentucky’s Kids Continuing to Die from Abuse and Neglect?

Children should never be just numbers in a report. Especially when those numbers are about kids who have died or suffered serious injury as a result of abuse or neglect. Every child deserves to be safe from harm, yet the sad reality is that many kids are not. Last week the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) released their annual report on child fatalities and near fatalities due to abuse and neglect. The report looks at several [...]

By |2016-10-06T14:19:32-04:00October 6th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Do Something Grand: Grandparents Day 2016

In September, the nation celebrates grandparents. Grandparents can play several roles in a child’s life, including role model, friend, and caregiver. They do extraordinary things like providing child care as respite for parents and making children feel special in order to support their families. And many grandparents across Kentucky and the nation are doing something grand everyday by stepping up to help raise their grandchildren when the child’s parents are unable. In Kentucky, an estimated [...]

By |2016-09-12T14:22:07-04:00September 12th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Tips for a Safe and Successful Back to School Transition

Back-to-school time can mean a lot of changes for students and their younger siblings, parents, and teachers. Even when the change is positive and brings along new opportunities, it can often bring about stress. Below are some ideas to help get you through the transition whether you are a teacher, parent, or a person who loves them. Reducing stress and strengthening relationships keeps kids safe and connects families and their community. Talk to Your Kids Some [...]

By |2016-08-17T10:04:05-04:00August 17th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

5 Reasons HANDS is Good for You and Your Baby’s Health

Kentucky’s Health Access Nurturing Development Services, HANDS, is a free, voluntary program for moms-to-be and first time parents who would like support and education throughout pregnancy and the first two years of the baby’s life. The HANDS program is provided in every county in Kentucky for first time parents, and in nearly every county for parents who have more than one child. There are several reasons to participate in the HANDS program, and the positive [...]

By |2016-08-03T16:58:25-04:00August 3rd, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Improved Kentucky Website for Foster Care & Adoption Options

Did you know? In Kentucky, there are over 8,000 children in out of home care with an average age of 9.8 years old. Nearly 2,000 children  have a goal of adoption, with 855 of them are considered eligible for adoption. And of those 855 children, 355 children do not currently have identified families. This information and much more can be found at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services recently updated website. The newly organized [...]

By |2016-07-20T21:35:29-04:00July 20th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Resources for Youth Aging Out

May is National Foster Care month and with that comes the consideration of youth aging out of the foster care system. Too many youth in Kentucky, over 500 a year, age out of the foster care system without stable ties to a caring adult. For youth aging out of the foster care system, there are resources available to provide continued care and stability. Before turning 19, teens in the foster care system may make the [...]

By |2016-05-25T16:17:28-04:00May 25th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Child Abuse Prevention – In Your Community and Across Kentucky

Child abuse and neglect prevention is a topic highlighted in April, but one that must be carried into every month. Long lasting prevention can only happen when several factors come into play, including changing behaviors within the home and community—on the ground—as well as creating commonsense policies that ensure children are protected and families are supported—on a systems level. We know that child abuse prevention starts at home and in our local communities. We can [...]

By |2016-05-03T12:22:21-04:00May 3rd, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Strengthening Kentucky Families and Communities

To help us understand the keys to child abuse prevention, we must understand how to reduce risk factors in families and communities and how to promote protective factors. Many people are familiar with the factors that can increase the risk of child abuse, including substance use, mental health issues, domestic violence, a lack of understanding of child development, social isolation, as well as several others. The other side of the coin that is important to [...]

By |2016-04-14T12:49:45-04:00April 14th, 2016|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|