Kentucky Youth Advocates

Health
9:43 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Kentucky Children Rank High in Number of Negative Experiences Early in Life

A report says Kentucky has among the highest percentages of children who have had three or more adverse experiences in their homes.

Those experiences include divorce, an incarcerated parent or substance abuse in their homes. And research suggests that those experiences can negatively affect children for years.

The Kids Count: First Eight Years report released Monday says 10 percent of Kentucky kids have experienced three or more of those factors.

That’s ties Montana for the highest percentage in the U.S.

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Health
6:24 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Report Finds Increasing Effort to Protect Children

A new report that found increasing efforts to protect Kentucky children from abuse is drawing cautious praise from child advocates.  According to the report released by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, child welfare workers confirmed almost 15% more cases of neglect and abuse last year than in 2011.

Kentucky Youth Advocates Director Terry Brooks says the report shows child welfare officials are serious about trying to make improvements in the system.                                                                                                               

Preliminary figures show nine children died and 27 nearly died in the fiscal year that ended June 30th, which is a decrease from the previous year. Federal statistics show that in recent years, Kentucky has ranked among the worst in the nation for deaths associated with child abuse.