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A Culture of Caring Amidst Racial Injustice: A College Student Perspective

By Melissa Collins, Child Welfare Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates College is a place where all identities and backgrounds may come together to be celebrated. It is a place where the mind and soul grow alongside one another as differences challenge us to think outside of ourselves and our own experiences in new and positive ways. However, what does it mean when some students do not truly feel celebrated, accepted, or even welcomed within their [...]

By |2020-08-05T19:15:26-04:00August 5th, 2020|Blog, Education, Health, Justice|

COVID-19 Impacts on the Kentucky Child Welfare Community: A Public Health Crisis Meets a Vulnerable System

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, we share report findings and facilitate conversations on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the child welfare system. In the spring, Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, set out to get a better understanding of how the public health crisis was impacting young people who are foster or kinship alumni, biological parents, kinship caregivers, foster parents, and service providers that interact with the [...]

By |2020-08-04T17:29:26-04:00August 5th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: An Update on the Federal Advocacy Landscape

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks is joined by Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus on Children, to discuss the landscape of ongoing federal advocacy needs for additional COVID-19 relief for Kentucky kids and families. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Kentucky kids and the systems that influence their lives – health care, education, early childhood [...]

By |2020-07-31T12:50:56-04:00July 30th, 2020|Podcast|

Federal Leaders: Kentucky Kids Need YOU

Navigating COVID-19 has been an unparalleled challenge for our families, our commonwealth, and our country. As Kentucky looks ahead to its future, there are many solutions and recovery efforts we can undertake within the commonwealth. But many other efforts require federal policy changes and federal budget investments. As federal leaders debate the next pandemic recovery package, Kentucky kids and families are looking to Washington, D.C. for the following solutions: Healthcare priorities for Kentucky kids and [...]

#TakeCareKY: Self-Care Promotion Week August 3-9

By Melissa Collins, Child Welfare Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates With all of the uncertainty and stress as a result of these unprecedented times, it is so important to take time to care for ourselves. To help make this happen, Kentucky Youth Advocates and our partners at the Bounce Coalition are teaming up to launch the #TakeCareKY campaign to promote self-care throughout Kentucky.  Next week, August 3rd - August 9th, both KYA and Bounce will [...]

By |2020-07-28T10:30:49-04:00July 28th, 2020|Blog, Health|

Kentucky Parent Survey Shows Families’ Concern on Child Care Amid Pandemic

This news release was originally posted by the Prichard Committee on July 23, 2020. According to a recent survey of Kentucky parents and families, nearly 30% of respondents are struggling to find child care following the end of mandated closures in June due to the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, more than half of the 1,570 survey respondents reported being moderately to extremely stressed about sending their child back to child care. The Prichard Committee, along with [...]

By |2020-07-23T14:45:57-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Blog, Economic Security, Education, Health|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Supporting Children with Special Needs

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum we discuss the challenges facing kids with special needs and their families during COVID-19, including shifting services during quarantine, increased needs within schools, preschools, and the home, and opportunities for budget investments and policy changes. Panelists include Dana Eckert, Case Manager with Seven Counties Services; Dr. Debbie Mays, Education Consultant with the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative; Kristy Stiltner, Mental Health Director with Mountain Comprehensive Care; and Lori [...]

By |2020-07-22T14:55:28-04:00July 23rd, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Hunger and Food Access

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, Terry Brooks was joined by Dr. Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture; Leah Feagin, Vice President of the Kentucky School Nutrition Association; and Kate McDonald, KY Kids Eat Coordinator with Feeding Kentucky. They discuss challenges and bright spots in addressing access to nutritional, affordable food across the Commonwealth during the pandemic. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the immediate [...]

By |2020-07-15T13:41:56-04:00July 16th, 2020|Podcast|

College Vs. Covid: A Lasting Impact

By Melissa Collins, Child Welfare Intern at Kentucky Youth Advocates On Sunday, March 15th, my life as a college student was flipped upside down like so many of my fellow college students across the nation. At 12:48 PM, the President of my college informed the student body of the course of action being taken in the wake of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). All students were asked to pack up their belongings and depart from campus [...]

By |2020-08-05T16:42:36-04:00July 14th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Education|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: Landscape for Policies, Practices, and Systems Changes to Advance Racial Equity

This week on our Advocate Virtual Forum, advocates from across the state heard a discussion on changes in policies, practices, and systems that will advance racial equity for Kentucky kids and their families. Panelists include Karina Barillas, Executive Director of La Casita Center; Dr. Kish Cumi Price, Director of Education Policy & Programming at Louisville Urban League; Keturah Herron, Policy Strategist with ACLU of Kentucky; and Vivian Lasly-Bibbs, Acting Director of CHFS Office of [...]

By |2020-07-22T13:17:25-04:00July 9th, 2020|Podcast|