Kentucky Youth Advocates

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7:30 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Cut Critics to Push General Assembly to Expand Eligibility in 2014


Critics of the state’s cuts to two programs benefiting thousands of Kentucky children are turning their focus to next year’s General Assembly session.

Earlier this year, the state Department for Community Based Services implemented drastic cuts to the Kinship Care and Child Care Assistance programs because of a budget shortfall. The programs give financial assistance to low-income working families to help cover child care costs.

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7:17 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Children's Advocates to Rally for Restoration of Kentucky Child Care, Kinship Program Funds


People who are losing eligibility for a pair of Kentucky programs for families will be the featured speakers as children's advocates rally Monday in Frankfort against state budget cuts.

They'll be asking state leaders to restore funding to the kinship care program and the Child Care Assistance Program, which were drastically cut this year because of an $86.6-million shortfall in the state Department for Community Based Services.

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2:48 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Kentucky's Child Abuse Review Panel Here to Stay, Pending Gov. Beshear's Signature

Kentucky’s 17-member panel currently reviewing certain child abuse cases will remain a permanent part of state accountability and child advocates say the recently-passed law creating the panel adds more transparency and accountability.

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2:35 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kentucky Senate Committee Adds More Oversight to Child Fatality Review Panel Bill

Kentucky’s Senate Health and Welfare Committee is trying to add more oversight to a child fatality review panel in a bill approved Wednesday, but child advocates say the amendment doesn’t go far enough.

The panel was temporarily established by Gov. Steve Beshear through executive order last year. It’s meant to review certain child death and near death cases to ensure the system is doing everything it can to prevent child abuse and neglect.

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12:49 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Kentucky Jailing Fewer Youth Than Before; U.S. Jailing Even Fewer, Study Says

Kentucky's incarceration rate for youth has decreased in the past several years—but not by as much as the national average, said an Annie E. Casey Foundation report released Wednesday.

And Kentucky and two other states are responsible for 60 percent of the nation’s juvenile incarcerations because of court order violations for status offenses—crimes applied to youth such as truancy and alcohol consumption.

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12:50 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Child Advocates Rally, Urge Kentucky Leaders to Restore Cut Child Care Funding

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FRANKFORT — Advocates for Kentucky children on Thursday called for state leaders to provide funds and stave off recently announced cuts to programs that provide assistance for child care costs and to family members who take in young relatives.

The calls were made Thursday at the ninth annual Children Advocacy Day rally, which organizers estimated more than 1,000 people joined. Because of the crowd's size, the rally was moved from the Capitol Rotunda to outside.

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12:01 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Read | 2012 Kids Count County Data Book

Kentucky Youth Advocates have released the annual 2012 Kids Count County Data Book, which offers a county-by-county breakdown of "the path that Kentucky students follow starting from birth to the transition to adulthood based on educational outcomes at each of those stages."

Among the suggestions are the implementation of a state-level earned income tax credit. 

4:44 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Juvenile Justice Commissioner Says Minor Offenses Shouldn't Lead to Incarceration

The state’s leading authority on juvenile justice says he would like to see status offenders kept out of incarceration facilities.

A status offense is something a youth gets in legal trouble for, but an adult wouldn’t. Common status offenses are running away from home or skipping school.

Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Hasan Davis says he believes status offenders shouldn’t be held in a detention center for minor offenses.

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10:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Organizations Team Up to Teach Civics Ahead of VP Debate

As Centre College prepares to host next month's vice presidential debate, several groups want to prepare Kentucky students for the event.

The Secretary of State and the non-profit Kentucky Youth Advocates have partnered with students from Bellarmine University to create lesson plans for Kentucky teachers. The lessons focus on basic civics and include information on political debates.

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12:02 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Kids Count Report: Kentucky Children Still Living in Poverty

A quarter of Kentucky’s children continue living in poverty, despite making gains in education and health indicators according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2012 Kids Count Data Book released this morning. 

The annual report ranks overall child welfare by measuring 16 indicators in four subjects: economic well-being, family and community, health and education factors.

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