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Statement on HB 47 Passing the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentuckians who are child victims of sexual abuse deserve to have their voices heard, and they are one step closer to that opportunity today with passage of House Bill 47 by the Kentucky House. HB 47, sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler, creates an opportunity for child victims of sexual assault or abuse to seek justice through civil claims [...]

By |2020-03-19T17:37:55-04:00March 19th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on SB 40 Heading to the Governor’s Desk

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Child abuse is a community issue, and there are many ways to we can all play a role in prevention. Today, the Kentucky House confirmed state lawmakers’ role in prevention by passing Senate Bill 40 through consent orders. SB 40, championed by Senator Ralph Alvarado, will ensure foster care agencies have access to the necessary information about employees, [...]

By |2020-03-19T17:30:53-04:00March 19th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on SB 56 Heading to the Governor’s Desk

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates With the e-cigarette epidemic impacting kids across the Commonwealth, we applaud Senator Ralph Alvarado for championing Senate Bill 56 to ensure Kentucky complies with the new federal Tobacco-21 law, and we thank the Kentucky House for supporting its passage through consent orders today. This measure seeks to codify in state law a minimum legal sale age of 21 for tobacco [...]

By |2020-03-19T17:27:02-04:00March 19th, 2020|Health, News Room|

Statement on SB 158 Passing the House Education Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The negative impact of wrong-headed and irrationally high stakes accountability and assessment on Kentucky’s kids – and on dedicated public school professionals – is incalculable. Kentucky students must have a rigorous education system but also deserve one that is developmentally appropriate.  And Kentucky’s educators merit an accountability system that recognizes their expertise. Senate Bill 158, sponsored by Senate [...]

By |2020-03-18T09:37:09-04:00March 18th, 2020|Education, News Room|

Statement on HB 628 Passing House Health and Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates When children cannot remain safely with their parents, relatives and close family friends often step up to help care for them. Undertaking the full-time responsibility for raising a child – or children – who have experienced trauma often include physical, emotional, social, legal, and financial challenges for caregivers. These families need and deserve support so they can best [...]

By |2020-03-12T13:42:43-04:00March 12th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on HB 47 Passing the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentuckians who are child victims of sexual abuse deserve their voice to be heard, and House Bill 47 takes steps to ensure that happens. HB 47, sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler and passed by the House Judiciary Committee today, creates an opportunity for child victims of sexual assault or abuse to seek justice through civil claims or to [...]

By |2020-03-11T13:17:04-04:00March 11th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on the Kentucky House State Budget Proposal

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Leaders in Frankfort frequently talk about our biennial state budget as really being a priority and value document rather than just a dollars and cents proposition. And the good news is the budget proposed by the Kentucky House, which passed the House floor with bipartisan agreement last week, places a strong priority on children and families. Among the [...]

Statement on SB 56 Passing the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Kelsey Dimar 502-895-8167 *110 kdimar@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates As much as we don’t want to believe it, children and teens often rely on friends or relatives close in age to get harmful tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. We applaud Senator Ralph Alvarado for championing Senate Bill 56, which seeks to codify in state law the minimum legal sale age of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to [...]

By |2020-03-04T12:29:40-05:00March 4th, 2020|Health, News Room|

Statement on SB 45 Passing the Kentucky House

Contact: Kelsey Dimar 502-895-8167 *110 kdimar@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Many children across the Commonwealth spend a majority of their day in early childhood programs and those environments should focus on nurturing healthy development and learning. Today, the Kentucky House emphasized their support of that idea by passing Senate Bill 45, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, which seeks to strengthen licensed child care center standards on healthy eating [...]

By |2020-02-28T09:37:29-05:00February 27th, 2020|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement on SB 40 Passing House Health and Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The Commonwealth has made strides in child welfare system reforms in recent years, but we must do more when it comes to preventing child abuse from ever occurring. That’s why Senate Bill 40 is so important: it closes fault lines in the system to protect children in foster care from harm and does so in a direct and pragmatic [...]

By |2020-02-27T12:57:55-05:00February 27th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|