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Kentucky Youth Advocates to Host Virtual Candidate Forums

Kentucky Youth Advocates to Host Virtual Candidate Forums New toolkit encourages child advocates to engage candidates on topics concerning children LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky Youth Advocates is hosting a series of virtual candidate forums leading up to the 2020 election to promote electoral advocacy and elevate issues impacting Kentucky children. “Kids can’t vote, so they rely on the adults in their lives to vote on their behalf,” said Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates. [...]

By |2020-09-21T10:46:56-04:00September 21st, 2020|Blog, News Room|

Kentucky’s Child Poverty Rate Remained Steady from 2018 to 2019

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Kentucky’s Child Poverty Rate Remained Steady from 2018 to 2019 Household Pulse Survey Data Show Impact of the Pandemic on Family Housing Stability and Food Access Louisville, KY – New data released this week by the U.S Census Bureau reveals that 21.7 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2019, which is not statistically different than the 2018 rate of 23.0 percent. With over one in five children living in [...]

By |2020-09-18T16:39:27-04:00September 18th, 2020|Economic Security, News Room, Race Equity|

Kentucky Child Health Insurance Coverage Remained Virtually Unchanged from 2018 to 2019

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Kentucky Child Health Insurance Coverage Remained Virtually Unchanged from 2018 to 2019 Impact of Pandemic on Children’s Coverage Unknown Until Next Year Louisville, KY – New health insurance data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the percent of Kentucky children under 19 with health coverage was 96.2 percent in 2019 (not statistically different from 2018). When disaggregated by race/ethnicity, the data reveal stark disparities in health coverage [...]

By |2020-09-17T17:56:41-04:00September 17th, 2020|Health, Medicaid, News Room, Race Equity|

Statement on Bill Filing to Enact Paid Family Leave for State Employees

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The word “unicorn” is more than those one-horned flying horses my granddaughter loves, more than the term applied to start-up tech companies that boomed in 1990s, and more than unicorn quarterback Lamar Jackson – it is anything that is rare and valuable. Today we joined diverse community partners in an announcement about a unicorn of a public policy proposal – [...]

Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky Releases Resource Handbook for Kinship Caregivers

Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky Releases Resource Handbook for Kinship Caregivers New reference guide includes tips and information for Kentucky’s thousands of kinship families LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — A new handbook, created by the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Office, features resources for grandparents and relative caregivers navigating Kentucky’s child welfare system and caring for vulnerable children. In A Kentucky Grandparent and Relative Caregiver Handbook, caregivers will [...]

By |2020-09-09T12:29:18-04:00September 9th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Kentucky Youth Advocates and Casey Family Programs Host Forum to Highlight COVID-19 Impacts on the Kentucky Child Welfare Community

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky Youth Advocates, with the support of Casey Family Programs, hosted a forum on Tuesday, August 4 to discuss challenges youth and families connected to the child welfare system are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with solutions to move forward as the commonwealth navigates recovery efforts. While the pandemic is affecting many Kentuckians in different ways, a look into the impact on the most vulnerable children and families [...]

By |2020-08-04T17:19:56-04:00August 4th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Beshear Administration Extension of P-EBT Application

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today's announcement to extend the application period of Kentucky’s Pandemic-EBT benefit through the end of August carries significance in and of itself to be sure, especially for the thousands of eligible families. But it is also symbolic of a tone of real responsiveness that Governor Beshear and Secretary Friedlander exemplify. That tonality is a key to leadership during these trying [...]

By |2020-06-30T16:53:24-04:00June 30th, 2020|Economic Security, Education, Health, News Room|

Child Well-Being Data Highlights Continued Areas of Need as the Commonwealth Prepares to Recover from the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Child Well-Being Data Highlights Continued Areas of Need as the Commonwealth Prepares to Recover from the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the U.S. LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky ranks 37th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the latest edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable, but still inadequate, improvements were due [...]

Statement on Governor Beshear Appointment of Department for Community Based Services Commissioner

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky’s kids and families won – and won big today when Governor Andy Beshear named Marta Miranda-Straub as Commissioner of the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS). Marta has been my friend and colleague for a decade, as we have partnered on efforts like the Kosair Charities’ Face It Movement. In that time, I have come to respect her as [...]

By |2020-06-17T15:27:34-04:00June 17th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, Health, News Room|

A Recommitment to Doing Our Part in Confronting Racism

Kentucky Youth Advocates is serious when we assert a vision to “make Kentucky the best place in America to be young.” And yet, we know that vision is elusive as long as a child’s skin color still shapes their opportunity to thrive. And we know that is still true in Kentucky. The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery deserve condemnation by anyone with a heart and a brain. And yet as [...]