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2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Look at the Impacts of the “Dual Pandemics” on Kentucky Children and Families

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org   2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Look at the Impacts of the “Dual Pandemics” on Kentucky Children and Families Featuring the latest county-level data for key measure of child well-being Louisville, KY – The 2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book examines the impacts of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racial injustice on children and families with data disaggregated by race/ethnicity. The 30th edition of this [...]

Kentucky Youth Advocates Collaborates with Aetna Better Health of Kentucky to Reinvent Serving Youth in Kentucky’s Child Welfare System

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Louisville, KY – Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) today announced a collaboration with Aetna Better Health of Kentucky (Aetna), a CVS Health company, to reinvent care for the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable children and youth. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services selected Aetna to serve as the single statewide Managed Care Organization (MCO) to oversee and coordinate services for the new Supporting Kentucky Youth program, also known as SKY. [...]

By |2020-11-10T09:57:48-05:00November 10th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, Health, News Room|

KY Youth Advocates and Partners to Host Virtual Forum with U.S. Senate Candidate Amy McGrath

Contact: Kelsey Dimar kdimar@kyyouth.org Kentucky Youth Advocates and Partners to Host Virtual Forum with U.S. Senate Candidate Amy McGrath WHAT: Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children, Council for Agency Executives, Kosair Charities Face It Movement to End Child Abuse, Kentucky Nonprofit Network, and Center for Nonprofit Excellence, to host a virtual forum with U.S. Senate Candidate Amy McGrath. The forum will explore federal issues and solutions focused on kids, families, [...]

By |2020-10-13T10:05:32-04:00October 12th, 2020|News Room|

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 |2020-09-29T17:26:05-04:00September 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|