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COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Substance Use Amidst the Pandemic

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss substance use amidst COVID-19, the intersection of trauma and substance use, and how state policies and budget investments can best respond and prevent substance use, especially for families with children. Panelists included Toya Gatewood, Clinical Manager at the Morton Center; Carolina Glover, Case Manager for the Daviess Circuit Court, Family Division; and Tiffany Hall, Chief Operating Officer at Volunteers of America Mid-States. Register to join [...]

By |2020-10-28T14:48:02-04:00October 29th, 2020|Podcast|

Recognizing, Intervening, and Preventing Human Trafficking

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss human trafficking and exploitation, including types of trafficking, prevalence in Kentucky, prevention and intervention strategies, and the impact of COVID-19. Panelists included Marissa Castellanos, Director of the Bakhita Empowerment Initiative at Catholic Charities of Louisville; Rebecca Sim, Director of the Immigration Legal Services at Catholic Charities of Louisville; and Dr. Ginny Sprang, Executive Director of the Center on Trauma and Children at the University of [...]

By |2020-10-21T13:10:49-04:00October 22nd, 2020|Podcast|

A Conversation with U.S. Senate Candidate Amy McGrath

Amy McGrath, Kentucky candidate for the U.S. Senate, joined child advocates on October 15th to discuss federal issues and solutions focused on kids, families, and strong communities. The forum was hosted by Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with the Blueprint for Kentucky's Children, Council for Agency Executives, Kosair Charities Face It Movement, Kentucky Nonprofit Network, and Center for Nonprofit Excellence. Please note, an invitation has been extended to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to [...]

By |2020-10-19T15:05:10-04:00October 20th, 2020|Podcast|

Tobacco-Free Policies: Wins for Kids and Work Left to Do

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the data and health impacts of Kentucky youth tobacco use, recent policy wins to curb tobacco use among youth, and policies to consider in the 2021 Kentucky legislative session to continue improving youth health and well-being. Panelists included Bonnie Hackbarth, Vice President of External Affairs at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky; Shannon Smith, Kentucky Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association; and Ben [...]

By |2020-10-14T11:35:45-04:00October 15th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impacts on Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on families experiencing domestic violence, including the complex dynamics within families, how neighbors and professionals can help, and resources available for survivors. Panelists included Teshanna Brown, Director of Domestic Violence Services for Center for Women and Families; Arlene Grullon, Director of Emergency Shelter for Center for Women and Families; Olivia Spradlin, Senior Program Specialist with Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and [...]

By |2020-10-08T16:24:31-04:00October 8th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Child Abuse Prevention & the TEN-4 Bruising Rule

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss child abuse prevention, including the TEN-4 bruising rule, and how the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism are impacting family safety and dynamics. Panelists include Dr. Mary Clyde Pierce, Professor of Emergency Medicine Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and co-creator of the TEN-4 Bruising Rule; Dr. Melissa Currie, Medical Director and Chief of the Kosair Charities Division [...]

By |2020-09-24T14:51:42-04:00September 24th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: An Update on Child Care

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss recent state enacted child care changes and the impact on families and providers. Panelists included Dr. Sarah Vanover, Director of the Kentucky Division of Child Care; June Widman, executive director, Appalachian Early Childhood Network; and Dawn Thompson, Assistant Director, and Kathy King, special projects manager, of Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C). Learn more about the recent child care updates and TAKE ACTION by telling your [...]

By |2020-09-16T13:41:28-04:00September 17th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Supporting Kinship Families

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we discuss kinship care in Kentucky amidst COVID-19, the important role of support groups, and what advocates can do to stand up for kinship families. We also presented a new handbook for relative caregivers to use as a resource as they navigate caring for vulnerable children and understanding the complex child welfare system. Panelists include Mary Jo Dendy, Family Resource Center Coordinator with Fayette County Public Schools; [...]

By |2020-09-10T16:12:10-04:00September 10th, 2020|Podcast|

Making Kids Count in the 2020 Election

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we discuss the 2020 election and how you can engage local, state, and federal candidates around policies related to kids. Secretary of State Michael Adams explains this year's election procedures. We also present a new toolkit advocates can use to start conversations with candidates and discuss electoral advocacy best practices with John Tilley, former member of the Kentucky House of Representatives and served as the Secretary of [...]

By |2020-09-03T10:21:43-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Podcast|