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Statement on Passage of HB 83 by House Economic Development & Workforce Investment Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in the nation. And, for the Commonwealth’s nearly 17,000 child victims of abuse or neglect, over 50 percent had family violence as a risk factor. Domestic violence can take many forms, including controlling behaviors, isolation, threats of suicide or murder, threats to take the children, and serious injuries [...]

Statement on Final Passage of Senate Bill 8 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky General Assembly has once again demonstrated their deep commitment to supporting our most vulnerable children who have experienced abuse or neglect with today’s unanimous final passage of Senate Bill 8. This legislation is a necessary next step in Kentucky’s efforts to fundamentally strengthen and reform the child welfare system to best serve children. With the leadership [...]

By |2022-03-23T14:33:42-04:00March 23rd, 2022|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of SB 97 by the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – As the Commonwealth continues to reform the child welfare system, a critical component that must be considered is following the death of a child. Today, the House Judiciary Committee honored that notion with passage of Senate Bill 97. The measure, sponsored by Senator Danny Carroll, will strengthen efforts following a child fatality or near fatality, including requiring coroners [...]

By |2022-03-23T13:00:48-04:00March 23rd, 2022|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of HB 174 by the Senate Health & Welfare Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Postpartum is a vulnerable time for new mothers and their baby, and this is especially true for women on Medicaid, many of whom are at risk of losing their health insurance coverage just 60 days after the end of pregnancy. Kentucky is one step closer to extending that coverage with today’s passage of House Bill 174 by the [...]

By |2022-03-23T11:00:52-04:00March 23rd, 2022|Health, News Room, Race Equity|

Statement on Senate Bill 40 & the Impact on Custody of Children in Out-of-Home Care

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, the Kentucky Senate shrewdly passed over consideration of Senate Bill 40. The measure – dubbed as the "Parents' Rights Protection Act" – is in reality a misguided measure that will jeopardize the safety and well-being of thousands of children living with caregivers who immediately step up to care for their vulnerable young kin and keep them out of [...]

By |2022-03-22T17:32:42-04:00March 22nd, 2022|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 499 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, we’re celebrating passage of House Bill 499 by the Kentucky House to establish the framework for the Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership. This measure offers Kentucky the critical opportunity to strengthen families’ access to high-quality child care so they can participate in the workforce. We thank Representative Samara Heavrin and the many co-sponsors of HB 499 for their commitment to [...]

Statement on Passage of HB 7 by KY House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky House has a track record that clearly values family stability and protecting children from maltreatment. Yet, on the same day as passing critical legislation that will positively impact children across the child welfare continuum, House members ensured passage of House Bill 7 that threatens efforts to improve child safety and well-being. As we’ve previously shared, there [...]

Statement on Passage of House Bill 499 by the House Appropriations & Revenue Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – An important step in improving child care access for families was taken today with passage of House Bill 499 by the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee. The measure, sponsored by Representative Samara Heavrin, seeks to establish the Employee Child Care Assistance Partnership, an innovative program encouraging employers to assist employees with the cost of child care. We know Kentucky [...]

Statement on Passage of SB 8 by the House Health & Family Services Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – With our partners in the Kosair Charities Face It Movement, we are celebrating the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 8 by the House Health & Family Services Committee. This legislation serves as a pragmatic next step in Kentucky’s efforts to fundamentally strengthen and reform the child welfare system. SB 8 will impact children across the continuum – from child maltreatment [...]

By |2022-03-17T12:15:55-04:00March 17th, 2022|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of SB 102 by House Education & Additional School Safety Efforts

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, we are celebrating the unanimous passage of Senate Bill 102 by the House Education Committee to help ensure there is an adequate number of mental health providers in schools to serve students in need of supports. We thank Senator Max Wise for championing this measure and the Committee for ensuring its passage today. During this time of heightened [...]

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