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Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Senator McConnell Federal Tobacco-21 Legislation Announcement

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell announced plans to introduce a “tobacco 21” bill in the U.S. Senate to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products nationwide from age 18 to 21. This proposal could prove to be a profound piece of legislation that makes a real difference in the health and well-being of not only Kentucky children [...]

By |2019-04-18T10:54:10-04:00April 18th, 2019|Health, News Room|

Kentucky Youth Advocates Hosts Cheers for Children 2019 Celebration

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Kentucky Youth Advocates Hosts Cheers for Children 2019 Celebration LOUISVILLE, KY – On Thursday, April 11th, Kentucky Youth Advocates hosted the Cheers for Children 2019 Celebration to celebrate progress for kids during this year’s legislative session and to honor community advocates who helped make that progress happen. In the 2019 legislative session, four Kentucky Youth Advocates and Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children priority bills were passed by the General Assembly and signed [...]

By |2019-04-12T10:12:54-04:00April 12th, 2019|News Room|

Keeping Kentucky Kids in Foster Care Connected to Families: Steps Ahead, Miles to Go

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Keeping Kentucky Kids in Foster Care Connected to Families: Steps Ahead, Miles to Go New 10-year Data Snapshot from the Annie E. Casey Foundation Shows Kentucky Lags Behind Other States LOUISVILLE, KY – Though the data show stagnant progress from 2007 to 2017, Kentucky has recently demonstrated its commitment to prioritizing family-based placements for children in foster care, according to “Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S. Foster Care [...]

By |2019-04-02T08:16:31-04:00April 2nd, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on Final Passage of HB 11

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Tobacco conversations in Kentucky are complex and bring lots of pressures on our elected leaders, and that is why House Bill 11 is such a profound win for Kentucky’s kids. We’re hearing cheers across the Commonwealth as it clears its final hurdle of the 2019 legislative session. HB 11 establishes a statewide tobacco-free school campus policy, and that [...]

By |2019-03-28T17:04:09-04:00March 28th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 2 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Today, the Kentucky Senate unanimously supported House Bill 2 to affirm the critical role that thousands of grandparents and other relatives serve as they step up to care for children who cannot remain safely with their parents. As HB 2 heads to the Governor's desk for signature, it should serve as the launch pad needed to ensure a [...]

By |2019-03-14T20:25:16-04:00March 14th, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 11 Passing Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kids win when their leaders prioritize them, and the Senate Health and Welfare Committee did just that today with their passage of House Bill 11. With more and more Kentucky middle and high school students using tobacco products like e-cigarettes, a statewide tobacco-free school campus policy is the step in the right direction to protect the next generation [...]

By |2019-03-14T09:53:40-04:00March 14th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 11 Passing Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates Kentucky is one step closer to making a profound and positive difference for kids’ health with the House’s passage of House Bill 11, championed by Representative Kim Moser. Currently, only 42 percent of Kentucky public school districts have adopted tobacco-free policies. And all of our students deserve to learn and grow in a healthy school environment. The peak [...]

By |2019-03-12T16:08:05-04:00March 12th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 158 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates House Bill 158, which received unanimous support by the Kentucky Senate and was concurred by the Kentucky House today, is the commonwealth’s first step to ensuring state law is aligned with the comprehensive federal Family First Prevention Services Act. Kids thrive when they are safe and have the support of a stable family and strong community. And off [...]

By |2019-03-06T17:47:58-04:00March 6th, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on HB 2 Passing Senate Health and Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates House Bill 2 is an important affirmation of the thousands of grandparents and other relatives stepping up to care for children who cannot remain safely with their parents. Children who’ve experienced abuse or neglect do better when they are placed with relatives as they experience less trauma when separated from parents, less disruption to their education, and fewer [...]

By |2019-03-06T10:40:58-04:00March 6th, 2019|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks on SB 218 Passing Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell 502-895-8167 *122 mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates The passage of Senate Bill 218 is a moment that deserves recognition for elevating a growing issue impacting too many Kentucky kids and to push our elected leaders to seize common-sense opportunities that invite their action to protect our young people. Certainly, the good news is that Senator Brandon Smith’s leadership has animated the conversation around preventing youth [...]

By |2019-03-05T16:47:55-04:00March 5th, 2019|Education, Health, News Room|