Louisville Summit to Address Kentucky’s Child Welfare System

A summit to address the problems facing Kentucky’s child welfare system will be held in Louisville Saturday. Kentucky Youth Advocates has been a leader in questioning the state’s child welfare system since criticism of its practices arose last year when an employee for the Department of Health and Family Services was accused of not adequately […]

Summit to Address Legislative Changes Regarding Child Welfare Issues

Kentucky Youth Advocates is inviting lawmakers to a summit on Jan. 14 to discuss potential legislative changes that would affect the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Attendees will try to craft ideas that encourage transparency. “Our goal for Jan. 14 is to come out of that with some hard nosed practical legislative solutions because […]

Kentucky’s Child Welfare Cabinet Reports Fewer Child Fatalities

Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services has released its annual report on child abuse fatalities, which show fewer fatalities this year when compared to previous years’ data. But it may be difficult for lawmakers to use this information in comparison, said Terry Brooks is executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates. The report is three months […]

Chris Christie’s Decision, Occupy Wall Street Update, Youth Incarceration, Learning to Love Opera: Today on Here and Now

Associates close to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie say he is not going to run for president. Christie is expected to formally announce that decision at a news conference this afternoon. We’ll hear more from Jay Newton-Small from Time Magazine. We’ll also get an update from NYC’s Occupy Wall Street protests with Time Magazine reporter […]

Kentucky Youth Poverty Rates Rising Faster Than Adults

Child poverty in Jefferson County is increasing more quickly than Kentucky’s adult poverty rate and all areas of the state are contributing to some of the highest child poverty rates in the nation. Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) released information it compiled using data from the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey. The data shows Jefferson County’s […]

New Report Shows Kentucky Ranks 48th in Child Well-Being

Kentucky continues to rank low in children’s well-being, according to the 2011 Kids Count Data Book. The annual report measures various indicators like socioeconomic status and health. For the past seven years, it’s ranked near the bottom ten states for the overall well-being of children. This year, more than a quarter of Kentucky children live […]

Kentucky Youth Advocates Study Shows Variations in School Health Systems

KYA President Terry Brooks is urging Governor Steve Beshear and the General Assembly to make it easier for Medicaid providers to administer care to students in schools. Brooks says that’s the best way to make sure students are cared for. A spokesperson for the governor’s office says they are reviewing the report.

Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children

Nationwide, Kentucky consistently ranks in the bottom ten in measures of education and health, safety and economic well-being. The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children, a comprehensive six-year plan to improve child well-being in Kentucky, seeks to understand why, and what to do about it. We’ll learn about the Blueprint, the organizations that work on it, and what the next legislative steps could be to bring it into action. Join us as we broadcast live from the 2010 Step Up for Kids Conference in Louisville.  Listen to the Show

Kentucky Remains 41st In Child Well-Being Report

For the second straight year, Kentucky ranks 41st in the nation for the overall well-being of its children. That’s according to the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book compiled by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks says Kentucky showed improvement over the past year in four of ten child well-being […]