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Statement on the Impact of the 2021 Kentucky General Assembly Special Session on Kids

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – Last week’s special session entered our minds and news feeds as quickly as it has now disappeared. Alongside the Beshear Administration and members of the General Assembly, we will continue to assess the results with an eye towards the 2022 legislative session and two-year state budget. As we shared in our initial statement on the special session, [...]

Guest Blog: Helping Foster Children Keep Basic Medical and Mental Health Coverage

By Michelle Sanborn, Children's Alliance The landmark bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 was, in my opinion, the most significant reform to federal child welfare policy in decades. Family First includes policy improvements to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care. It helps ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their needs, when foster care is needed. Family [...]

By |2021-09-15T18:21:36-04:00September 15th, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Updates on Bills Impacting Kids in the Special Session

This week, the Kentucky General Assembly has convened for a special session related to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping Kentuckians safe, and looking ahead to recovery for all Kentucky kids and their families. At this moment, House Joint Resolution 1 passed both chambers and was signed by the Governor, which extends or expires certain emergency orders through January 15, 2022.  Also, House and Senate companion bills have been filed and are moving through the legislative process [...]

Getting to the Root of the Problem

By Greta Hittle I recently had the opportunity to chat with folks around Kentucky about the work being done to prevent and mitigate adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). These folks included state representatives, medical professionals, care and service providers, teachers, counselors, advocates, public health experts, and mental and behavioral health professionals. Just when I thought I had heard every perspective and learned every nuance, I would speak with another one of these folks and realize the [...]

Statement on Priorities for Kids During the Kentucky General Assembly Special Session

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – The easy path as we approach this special session is to devolve to conventional thinking – that the pandemic and Kentucky’s recovery efforts are too polarizing and too complex for thoughtful and direct solutions. Yet, we attest a hope that the special session can be a landmark moment when the General Assembly and the Governor come together for [...]

Update on the Kentucky Commission on Race and Access to Opportunity

When the final gavel sounded on the 2021 General Assembly, several pieces of legislation passed that will begin to close gaps in opportunity for children of color. Among these policies that became law was Senate Bill 10, co-sponsored by Senator David Givens, Senator Whitney Westerfield, and Senate President Robert Stivers, which established a Commission on Race and Access to Opportunity. The Commission is tasked with providing studies, research driven policy proposals, and annual reports crossing [...]

By |2021-09-02T16:58:26-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Justice, Race Equity, Youth Justice|

Kinship Caregivers, State Leaders, and Advocates Attend Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit

Kinship Caregivers, State Leaders, and Advocates Attend Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit Governor Proclaims September as Kinship Care Awareness Month LOUISVILLE, KY – Dozens of kinship caregivers, child welfare stakeholders, policy makers, and advocates from across Kentucky virtually gathered today for the Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit. Two years after the federal Family First Act implementation, over a year out from a global pandemic, a lawsuit that rose to the level of the Supreme Court, and several [...]

By |2021-09-02T11:32:05-04:00September 2nd, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Collaboration of Grantmakers Commit to Addressing Kentucky’s High Rate of Childhood Adversity

CONTACT: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Collaboration of Grantmakers Commit to Addressing Kentucky’s High Rate of Childhood Adversity Launches Statewide Initiative Named Bloom Kentucky LOUISVILLE, KY - A collaboration of dedicated grantmaking organizations from across Kentucky gathered today in celebration of the launch of Bloom Kentucky, an initiative focused on statewide policy change that aims to prevent and mitigate the impact of childhood adversity. "Bloom Kentucky is a first-of-its-kind collaborative effort supported by several grantmaking organizations from [...]

Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky: Virtual Summit

Join Kentucky Youth Advocates and the Kinship Families Coalition of Kentucky for the Kinship Coalition Virtual Summit on Thursday, September 2nd. The summit will be a two part series to learn about the current landscape of kinship care at the state and national level, and then prioritize an action agenda with kinship and fictive kin caregivers across the commonwealth. Part 1: The Kinship Summit will be on Thursday, September 2, 2021 for kinship and fictive [...]

By |2021-08-23T10:13:43-04:00July 26th, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Celebrating National Parents’ Day

This post from the Kosair Charities Face It Movement originally appeared as a blog post in July 2021. National Parents’ Day is Sunday, July 25. On this day (and all of the others), we recognize parents and caregivers and celebrate teamwork in raising kids. Parenting is hard work! It takes a LOT of time, energy, and loads of PATIENCE. Those who are raising and caring for children may not realize it, but caring for a child [...]

By |2021-07-22T16:31:09-04:00July 22nd, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|
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