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COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: A Conversation with Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman

Terry Brooks was joined this week on an Advocate Virtual Forum by Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman, who also serves as the Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, to discuss the future of education and workforce–and more. 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 |2020-05-21T09:33:08-04:00May 21st, 2020|Podcast|

Kentucky Youth L.E.A.D

By Nellie Ellis Over the past few years, youth across the commonwealth have had leadership roles in many of Kentucky Youth Advocates’ biggest initiatives. The youth have been some of the most influential voices for Kentucky’s kids and families and have been extraordinary advocates for themselves and others.  I am proudly one of these voices. However, as we started to face the unprecedented circumstances of a pandemic, many of these young leaders like myself [...]

Statement on Beshear Administration Allowing HANDS Home Visiting Services via Telehealth

Contact: Mara Powell Statement by Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates  The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unparalleled challenges for families and obligations for our leaders. Today, the Beshear Administration took pragmatic action by answering the call of advocates to enact emergency regulations for the HANDS home visiting service during this unprecedented public health emergency. Even in “normal” circumstances, parenting is tough, and the lack of knowledge of how to ensure a healthy [...]

By |2020-05-21T12:11:56-04:00May 20th, 2020|Child Welfare & Safety, Health, News Room|

Teen Mental Health in the Time of COVID-19

By Beatrice Roussell I was sitting in the trunk of my car – 6 feet away from two of my best friends – eating McAllister’s. They looked at me with admiration and asked, “How are you doing?” I knew what they were referring to: my eating disorder. As someone who is in recovery from a severe eating disorder (ED), the idea of quarantine sounded like a relapse danger-zone. With so much time and not a [...]

By |2020-05-14T16:17:11-04:00May 14th, 2020|Blog, Health|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on Youth In and Transitioning Out of Foster Care

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Nikki Thornton, Director of Program Operations at True Up, and Tia Humphrey, a member of the Voices of the Commonwealth. They discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting young people in or transitioning out of foster care and the supports they need to stay healthy and safe during this time. Join a virtual support group with VOC members every Friday at 3 PM CT/4 PM ET. RSVP [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:58:11-04:00May 12th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on Foster Care

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Abby Drane, President & CEO of Seven Counties Services and Bellewood & Brooklawn, and Dale Suttles, president of Sunrise Children’s Services. They discuss how their organizations have adjusted to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and ways they are helping the youth in their care and the families they serve cope with stress and trauma. This is part of a series of conversations where we examine the [...]

By |2020-05-08T10:58:32-04:00May 7th, 2020|Podcast|

COVID-19 and Kentucky Kids: The Impact on the DCBS Workforce

Terry Brooks is joined via phone by Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Caywood and Dr. Jay Miller, Dean of the UK College of Social Work. They discuss the priorities of DCBS during the pandemic, the importance of self-care and wellness of those in the helping professions, and how practices within the child welfare system will be impacted as the commonwealth reopens and recovers from the pandemic. This is part [...]

By |2020-05-05T11:36:30-04:00May 5th, 2020|Podcast|

Thank You: Wins for Kids in the 2020 General Assembly

While Kentucky was trying to address the immediate needs of families across the commonwealth in the wake of COVID-19, the final gavel sounded on the 2020 General Assembly. There was some good news for kids in this year’s legislative session—including its unprecedented one-year budget—while progress stalled for many policies and budget priorities that would help kids and families. Two types of leaders make these wins for kids possible: legislative champions and, just as importantly, the [...]

Share Your Experience: Virtual Community Conversations for Youth and Families in the Child Welfare System

Kids, young adults, and families across Kentucky are already feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic—and will be for months to come. Those who have been involved in the child welfare system are facing many challenges, and as the state rebuilds and makes plans to support these kids and families navigating tough situations, it is important that our leaders understand their experiences. Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with Casey Family Programs, is hosting nine virtual [...]

By |2020-05-20T10:46:39-04:00April 30th, 2020|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|

Monitoring the Impact of COVID-19 on K-12 Education

Last updated May 21, 2020 On April 20th Governor Beshear announced the closure of Kentucky’s public schools for the remainder of the academic year in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. As a result, our local, state, and federal leaders have worked to secure much needed support for the K-12 community through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Kentucky is eligible to receive over $43 million from the U.S. Department of [...]

By |2020-05-26T14:26:27-04:00April 24th, 2020|Blog, Education|