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Thank You: Wins for Kids in the 2021 General Assembly

The final gavel sounded on the 2021 General Assembly this week! This year, the Governor and the Kentucky General Assembly were tasked with crafting a continuation budget, addressing the systemic injustices that impact our children and families of color, advancing policies to address the COVID-19 pandemic, and other policy priorities that would be good for the communities they represent and the Commonwealth. If we take a second to reflect, that’s a heavy lift in a [...]

Statement on Final Budget Passage by the Kentucky General Assembly

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates LOUISVILLE, KY – From the start, the 2021 state budget process was filled with perplexing complexities. One, because the Governor and Kentucky General Assembly were tasked with crafting a continuation budget due to timing constraints brought on by the pandemic during the 2020 legislative session. Two, leaders were faced with tough decisions as Kentucky embraces the ongoing ripple effects of [...]

Assessment of the Louisville Youth Behavioral Health Landscape and Recommendations

Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, conducted a community assessment to better understand the behavioral health landscape for adolescents in Louisville. The assessment included ten focus groups and an online survey during the Fall of 2020 with behavioral health providers, pediatricians, educators, residential treatment staff, juvenile justice staff, community support organizations, case managers, parents, and youth.   Respondents pointed to cultural barriers as one of the most significant obstacles for [...]

By |2021-04-01T14:11:21-04:00March 30th, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health, Race Equity|

Study Reveals Gaps in Behavioral Health Services for Louisville’s Vulnerable Youth

Study Reveals Gaps in Behavioral Health Services for Louisville’s Vulnerable Youth Kentucky Youth Advocates and Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence Lead Collaborative Effort to Identify Solutions and Address Barriers   CONTACT: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, conducted 10 virtual focus groups and disseminated an online survey to learn more about behavioral health supports and services available to youth in Louisville, along with [...]

5 Ways YOU Can Take Action During Child Abuse Prevention Month

Every adult has a role to play in preventing and ending the unacceptable high rate of incidents of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, concerned neighbor, or someone in the helping professional, we each can take steps to ensure every child can grow up happy, healthy, and hopeful. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Kosair Charities Face It Movement wants to empower YOU to be a face that ends child abuse [...]

By |2021-03-25T16:15:58-04:00March 25th, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Social Workers are Essential

By Kayce Dallas, MSSW Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates Before I started graduate school for my Master of Social Work, I had no clue that social workers can work in a variety of areas. I think most people believe social workers are just the ones who remove kids from homes, but that is not always the case. If you want to know the many roles a social worker can play check out this resource from [...]

By |2021-03-31T16:20:08-04:00March 23rd, 2021|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 472 by the Kentucky Senate

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org       LOUISVILLE, KY – In the closing days of the 2021 legislative session, the Kentucky Senate ensured final passage of an important bill for survivors of child sexual abuse, House Bill 472. “According to data from the latest national Child Maltreatment Report, there were more than 20,000 child maltreatment victims in Kentucky in 2019, the highest rate in the country. One child harmed is one child too many,” said [...]

By |2021-03-16T15:42:21-04:00March 16th, 2021|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 472 by the Senate Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org         LOUISVILLE, KY – The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly is taking important action for kids in its final days. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee ensured passage of House Bill 472, a measure to support survivors of child sexual abuse. “The research tells us that only 38 percent of children who have experienced sexual abuse disclose that abuse. House Bill 472 is an important piece of legislation that will [...]

By |2021-03-15T12:10:48-04:00March 15th, 2021|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 472 by the Kentucky House

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org         LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky House of Representatives emphasized their commitment to prioritizing survivors of child abuse with today’s passage of House Bill 472, sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. “With around one-third of all child sexual assault victims being under the age of 12, many children lack the capacity to understand what has happened to them and articulate it. By empowering survivors of childhood sexual abuse through [...]

By |2021-03-05T10:11:03-05:00March 5th, 2021|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|

Statement on Passage of House Bill 472 by the House Judiciary Committee

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org       LOUISVILLE, KY – Today, the House Judiciary Committee demonstrated their support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse with passage of House Bill 472, sponsored by Representative Lynn Bechler. “The data tells us that one in four girls and one in thirteen boys will experience sexual abuse at some point in their childhood, and there are numerous, complex reasons that some children don’t disclose their abuse right away. HB [...]

By |2021-03-03T12:26:50-05:00March 3rd, 2021|Child Welfare & Safety, News Room|
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