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Kinship Caregiver Support Groups: A Shoulder to Lean On

There are nearly 100,000 Kentucky kids living in kinship care. While beneficial for children, kinship care can pose considerable financial, legal, and emotional challenges for caregivers. Research has shown that kinship caregivers go to great lengths to meet the needs of the relative children, however, their efforts often come at the expense of their own personal care. Social support contributes to caregivers’ ability to provide a nurturing environment for the children in their care [...]

By |2019-09-11T16:22:44-04:00September 11th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Complex Issues of Child Welfare System Deserve Creative Solutions from All

This was originally posted as an op-ed by the Courier Journal on August 19, 2019.  By Keith Inman and Terry Brooks Kentucky’s kids owe a debt of gratitude to the Courier Journal’s editor, Rick Green, for making a considerable commitment of resources to focus on abuse and neglect in Kentucky. That gratitude extends to Debby Yetter, whose reporting prowess highlighted the multitude of factors that are contributing to the tragic state of this commonwealth when it comes to the [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:51:21-04:00August 19th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Kinship Care in Kentucky—What’s New?

When children cannot remain safely with their parents, grandparents, other relatives, and close family friends often step up to help raise them. There have been a lot of changes over the last few months in Kentucky around services and supports related to relatives and close family friends raising children, also known as kinship care and fictive kin care. To learn more, check out the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ new KY FACES website. If [...]

By |2019-07-18T08:55:44-04:00July 17th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

How Do Kentucky’s Current Youth Compare to a Generation Ago?

The Annie E. Casey Foundation published the first KIDS COUNT Data Book in 1990 to provide a comprehensive picture of American children and their families that was comparable across states. With the release of the 30th edition last month, we’re looking back to see how Kentucky’s current youth are faring compared to those in 1990 (approximately one generation ago). Reviewing a variety of key indicators of child well-being we see areas where Kentucky has [...]

5 Things to Know About the 2019 Census Test

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently conducting a test in preparation for the 2020 Census next year. Your household might be asked to participate in this test, or a participant may turn to you for more information about it. Here is what you should know about the 2019 Census Test: 1. This is just a test – the actual decennial census takes place in 2020. 2. 480,000 households are receiving a questionnaire – half will [...]

The Family First Act and You!

Social workers and educators, judges and prosecutors, nonprofit leaders, state legislators, and many other advocates for Kentucky kids and families have been travelling near and far over the last few weeks to learn more about the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, implementation in Kentucky, and what it will mean for Kentucky families. The Family First Regional Convenings seek to share information about the federal legislation, anticipated changes in Kentucky over the coming months and [...]

By |2019-09-05T12:52:01-04:00June 26th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

6 Takeaways from the 2019 National KIDS COUNT Data Book

This week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The annual Data Book uses 16 indicators of well-being to rank each state across four domains — health, education, economic well-being and family and community — and calculate an overall rank. Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, 37th in economic well-being, 27th in education, 25th in health, and 43rd in the family and community domain. [...]

“Anything Can Be” Moment for Kentucky Kids

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal and Kentucky Today on June 18, 2019.  By Terry Brooks, executive director Kentucky Youth Advocates Shel Silverstein, the late and wonderful children’s author, urges: “Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” With the release of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2019 [...]

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need

Kentucky Ranks 34th Overall in Child Outcomes Highlighting Continued Areas of Need KIDS COUNT® Data Book provides comprehensive annual report on child well-being in the U.S. LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Kentucky ranks 34th in the nation in overall child well-being, according to the 30th edition of the KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky’s measurable but still inadequate improvements are due in part to progress across several areas of economic [...]

Everyone Has a Role to Play in Preventing Youth Suicide

Last month we reviewed the latest data on youth suicides, which show suicide as a growing cause of death for Kentucky youth ages 10-14. As we reflect on Mental Health Month we want to provide suicide prevention resources all of us can use throughout the year to stop these tragic deaths. Every single one of us need to know the risk factors and warning signs of suicide and how to tell the difference between normal [...]

By |2019-06-14T13:41:57-04:00June 13th, 2019|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education, Health|