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A Holistic Look at Child Well-Being in the Commonwealth

Core to Kentucky Youth Advocates mission, we believe that children of every background and in every part of Kentucky deserve all the tools and opportunities that we as a commonwealth can provide. This Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book serves as an annual report card for how we are meeting that charge for all of our kids. The 2018 County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across [...]

2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book: A Holistic Look at Child Well-Being

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – The 2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period. Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/. "Core to our mission, we believe that children of every background and in every part of Kentucky deserve all the tools and opportunities that [...]

National Adoption Month: Kentucky’s Needs and Resources

Every child needs a family. We know that children succeed when they are with caring adults who can help guide them as they grow. The commonwealth has over 9,800 children living with foster families or in group homes as a result of abuse, neglect, or dependency. The goal in Kentucky is to reunify children in foster care with their parents, and, when that cannot happen safely, children become eligible for adoption from foster care. November [...]

By |2018-11-08T20:29:31+00:00November 8th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Guest Post: From a Safe Sleep Enthusiast

Originally featured on the Kosair Charities Face It Movement blog. By Jessie Whitish Traveling with my son—now nearly three years old—requires an extra suitcase. Is it full of snacks, extra clothes, or enriching toys? No. It’s packed with all the things he loves to sleep with in his bed at night! His sleep sack, two light blankets, a stuffed Pete the Cat, three Disney princess dolls, an elephant lovey…you get the idea. Nowadays his toddler bed is [...]

By |2018-10-30T12:30:19+00:00October 30th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

What is the Family First Preservation Services Act?

There are a lot of changes happening within the child welfare system in Kentucky due to recent state policy changes, agency commitments from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and both state and federal funding that will have a profound impact on how our child welfare system functions and supports Kentucky children and families. The Cabinet has begun work on implementing House Bill 1, along with other needed reforms to transform the way our [...]

By |2018-10-18T21:12:09+00:00October 18th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

New Data Shows Increasing Number of Kentucky Children Living with Relative Caregivers

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Kentucky continues to have the highest rate in the nation of children in the care of relatives. In 2016-2018, nine percent of Kentucky children were being raised by a relative, which is more than double the national rate of four percent. “When Kentucky children cannot remain safely with their parents – due to parental substance abuse or incarceration, military [...]

By |2018-10-15T23:11:32+00:00October 16th, 2018|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Family Recovery Court: Families Together, Safe, and Healthy

Family is important. When a member of the family is going through a hard time, the rest of the family shares in that struggle, and when the family experiences successes, the rest of the family can revel in that joy as well. In light of the rise in substance use disorders both nationally and especially here in Kentucky, many families are facing more of those low times and, unfortunately the children in those families also [...]

By |2018-10-04T20:16:40+00:00October 4th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Justice|

Guest Post: Opening Doors for Young Parents Like Me

Originally featured on the Kosair Charities Face It Movement blog. By Tina Agonva In 2008, I became a young parent raising a newborn. It was not easy. Kentucky has 57,000 children who are living with a parent who is between 18 and 24 years old, according to the latest policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Opening Doors for Young Parents. At 81%, our state ranks second in the nation for the percentage of children of [...]

By |2018-10-04T15:40:43+00:00October 4th, 2018|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|

Building Opportunities for Kentucky’s Young Adult Parents and Their Children to Thrive

There are 50,000 Kentucky young adult parents facing a unique set of challenges and opportunities to help their families thrive, according to the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Opening Doors for Young Parents. With the right support, all parents — regardless of their age, income, or education — can create a stable environment for their children while also adding to a stronger Kentucky workforce. The report in many ways confirms [...]

New Report Focuses on Building Opportunities for Kentucky’s Young Adult Parents and Their Children to Thrive

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 New Report Focuses on Building Opportunities for Kentucky’s Young Adult Parents and Their Children to Thrive Louisville, KY – There are 50,000 Kentucky young adult parents facing a unique set of challenges and opportunities to help their families thrive, according to the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Opening Doors for Young Parents. With the right support, all parents — regardless of their age, income, or education [...]