A few weeks ago, we at Kentucky Youth Advocates reached out to advocates like you and asked you to provide input on the greatest challenges facing Kentucky kids today—and the policy changes that our state government could make to address these challenges. Your feedback is invaluable as Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children partners continue to develop the 2019 policy agenda.

More than 130 advocates filled out the survey, representing counties across the commonwealth and many sectors that care about kids and families.

Some of the greatest challenges you identified include child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, poverty, access to behavioral health, barriers to future educational or career success, and more. The actions you encouraged our state government to take were often holistic, incorporating services and programs that span communities and work with the whole family

Thank you for speaking up on behalf of Kentucky kids! The 2019 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy agenda will be stronger because of advocates like you. Stay tuned to our blog, email updates, and social media for more information about the policy agenda, which will be released later this year.

(And if you haven’t already done so, please save the date for the 15th Annual Children’s Advocacy Day at the Capitol, coming up on February 13, 2019, so that you can meet with your legislators to discuss that policy agenda!)