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Statement on Final Passage of SB 135

Contact: Mara Powell Statement from Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – With passage by the Kentucky House today, Senate Bill 135 has received its final passage before it heads to the Governor’s desk for signature – good news for new parents and their babies. In Kentucky, over 90% of maternal deaths are considered preventable and more than 25% have mental health conditions as a contributing factor. State data [...]

By |2023-03-15T15:14:13-04:00March 15th, 2023|Bloom Kentucky, Health, News Room, Race Equity|

Statement on Passage of SB 135 by the House Families & Children Committee

Contact: Mara Powell Statement from Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, we’re celebrating as the House Families & Children Committee passes Senate Bill 135 to strengthen mental health supports postpartum. Maternal health and well-being play a key role in the healthy development of a child at every stage. As SB 135 advances to the House floor for final consideration, the Commonwealth is one step closer to ensuring new [...]

Statement on Passage of SB 135 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell Statement from Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Parents need to be healthy, have access to the care and services they need, and have the necessary resources to meet basic needs throughout their pregnancy, birth, and after welcoming a new child. And the reality is, at least 1 in 8 women experience postpartum depression, which impacts the growth and development of their baby, too. Effectively [...]

Health Youth Ambassador Speaks Up on Maternal Mental Health in Kentucky

By: Lyba Masroor, Health Youth Ambassador For many mothers, the birth of their child brings a new sense of happiness, excitement, and love into their lives. However, some mothers can face the opposite feelings. For many mothers, a new sense of depression may also impact their lives.  This depression, also known as postpartum depression (PPD), affects 1 in 8 women who recently gave birth. So what exactly does PPD look like?  According to the American [...]

By |2023-02-23T13:05:49-05:00February 23rd, 2023|Blog, Bloom Kentucky, Health, Race Equity|

Kentucky’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel 2022 Report

Kentucky’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel released their 2022 Annual Child Fatality Report, which consists of a comprehensive review of every child death and near death within the 2021 fiscal year referred to the panel by the Department for Community Based Services and Department for Public Health. This panel is required by state law to meet throughout the year to review each child’s case and make recommendations to prevent future incidents. This [...]

By |2023-02-22T10:48:21-05:00February 22nd, 2023|Blog, Bloom Kentucky, Child Welfare & Safety|

Bloom Kentucky Grantmakers Rally Together for Kentucky Kids and Families

On Wednesday, February 8th, Bloom Kentucky Grantmakers from across the Commonwealth rallied together in Frankfort on behalf of Kentucky's kids and families. The 2023 Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol was a packed schedule–and certainly a packed house! Bloom grantmakers joined youth, fellow advocates, and elected officials in the Capitol Rotunda for the Rally for Kentucky Kids which featured youth performances and remarks from both young people and state leaders. Following the Rally, grantmakers [...]

By |2023-02-16T14:57:36-05:00February 16th, 2023|Blog, Bloom Kentucky|

Celebrating the 2023 Champions for Children

Elected leaders and advocates step up for Kentucky kids in countless ways every day, especially in Frankfort throughout the legislative session. During Children’s Advocacy Week, Kentucky Youth Advocates and partners in the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children present Champion for Children awards to honor those state leaders, advocates, and young people for their efforts. At this year’s Rally for Kentucky Kids, we honored the following community leaders and young people with Champion for Children awards for their advocacy [...]

Statement on the Latest National Child Maltreatment Report

Contact: Mara Powell Statement from Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky’s future depends heavily on the success and safety of our kids today. Our communities, child-serving systems, and policies all play a role in that future. The just released Child Maltreatment 2021 report is a powerful affirmation of the Commonwealth's progress around child maltreatment and an equally powerful challenge to accelerate that momentum. Kentucky now ranks 6th [...]

By |2023-02-10T15:37:11-05:00February 10th, 2023|Blog, Bloom Kentucky, Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Efforts to Improve Kentuckians’ Ability to Find Safe, Stable Housing

Kentucky kids and families need a safe, stable home in order to thrive. However, the rising cost and declining supply of housing has made it difficult for 43% of Kentucky renters to find safe, stable housing. For many of these families, a job loss or medical emergency could put them at risk for eviction or homelessness, seriously impacting their long term economic, food, and housing security. This is especially true for families of color, who [...]

Bloom Kentucky Announces 2023 State Policy Priorities

On your mark… Get set… GO! The 2023 Kentucky General Assembly is underway, and advocates from across the Commonwealth are sprinting into action to help improve outcomes for kids and families. Bloom Kentucky recently released its 2023 state policy priorities to help advocates in their race to the finish line.  Bloom Kentucky is a collaborative initiative of grantmaking organizations from across the Commonwealth focused on statewide policy changes and budget investments that aim to prevent [...]

By |2023-01-25T14:17:03-05:00January 25th, 2023|Blog, Bloom Kentucky|
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