children

Pandemic stress, gangs and utter fear fueled a rise in teen shootings

BY: - March 13, 2023

Diego never imagined he’d carry a gun. Not as a child, when shots were fired outside his Chicago-area home. Not at age 12, when one of his friends was gunned down. Diego’s mind changed at 14, when he and his friends were getting ready to walk to midnight Mass for the feast of Our Lady […]

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House Bill 3 would lock up more kids, even though research shows detention’s harms

BY: - February 20, 2023

All children deserve a chance to succeed, even those who’ve made mistakes. But when we emphasize detention over the supports that we know make a difference for kids, their ability to thrive is severely hampered and public safety in the commonwealth suffers.  That’s why lawmakers should fix harmful provisions in House Bill 3 before this […]

Federal report shows 11 children died from maltreatment in Kentucky in 2021

BY: - February 13, 2023

The number of Kentucky children who were victims of abuse or neglect improved in 2021, according to a new report, but the commonwealth’s is still worse than the national maltreatment rate. The Child Maltreatment 2021 report, from the United States Department of Health & Human Services, found that Kentucky had 14,963 child victims in 2021. […]

When gun violence ends young lives, these men prepare the graves

BY: - February 1, 2023

This article was republished from KHN (Kaiser Health News). MILLSTADT, Ill. — It was a late Friday afternoon when a team of men approached a tiny pink casket. One wiped his brow. Another stepped away to smoke a cigarette. Then, with calloused hands, they gently lowered the child’s body into the ground. Earlier that day, […]

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How does a child become a shooter?

BY: and - January 13, 2023

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  In the aftermath of a shocking incident in which a first grader shot and seriously injured a teacher at a school in Newport News, Va., the city’s mayor asked the question: “How did this happen?” Some details are now known: The child took […]

Kentucky Youth Advocates outlines 2023 goals to help children and families

BY: - January 3, 2023

On the first day of the regular legislative session, Kentucky Youth Advocates outlined priorities to achieve its 2023 goal of making the state “the best place in America to be young.”  Kentucky ranks high for adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, which are traumas or stressors in a person’s life before their 18th birthday. They can […]

Eltuan Dawson, who is a member of the True Up Peer Network; Shontelle Davis (researcher for the report); Cynthia Schepers, peer coach coordinator with Kentucky Youth Advocates and True Up Kentucky; and Tamara Vest (participant of the report and a social work intern with KYA).

Residential foster care in Kentucky is physically, mentally unsafe, say some who have been there

BY: - December 2, 2022

One young adult remembers taking a daily allergy pill upon entering a Kentucky residential foster care facility and leaving “on 13 medications within six months.” Another lost the privilege of calling their mother after a riot at their location.  These were among the experiences 46 young adults shared with Kentucky Youth Advocates’ researchers, who examined […]