Foster Care Alumni Research and Advocacy: A Focus on Institutional Settings

Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with Casey Family Programs and True Up Kentucky, is launching a new project focused on foster care alumni and their experiences in residential care or institutional settings* while in the child welfare system. Our researchers include foster care alumni, helping shape questions and facilitate conversations.  [...]

By |2022-04-11T15:08:04-04:00April 11, 2022|News|

Nutrition for Mental Wellbeing

By: Cynthia Schepers National Nutrition Month® is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.  As someone who suffers from multiple mental health disorders, [...]

By |2022-03-08T15:47:43-05:00March 8, 2022|News|

Kentucky Youth Advocates and Community Partners Awarded $140,000 by Prevent Child Abuse America and the Annie E. Casey Foundation to Support Child and Family Well-Being as Part of the Thriving Families, Safer Children Effort

Contact: Mara Powell For immediate release: February 24, 2022 Louisville, KY — Kentucky Youth Advocates announced today a $140,000 grant from Prevent Child Abuse America® (PCA America) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation through the Thriving Families, Safer Children, Youth, Family and Community Partnership Grants to support our work focused on child and [...]

By |2022-02-24T11:42:56-05:00February 24, 2022|News|

Psychotropic Medications and Deprescribing: A conversation with field experts and foster alumni

The Face It Movement was joined by Dr. David Lohr, Medical Director at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and professor at the University of Louisville; Susan Vickers of the Aetna Better Health of Kentucky SKY Program; and Eltuan Dawson, True Up Peer Network Member, for a discussion on psychotropic medications and [...]

By |2022-02-03T11:45:49-05:00February 3, 2022|News|

OP-ED: Advocating for access to peer behavioral health support gives my story purpose

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on December 15, 2021 By Cynthia Schepers. My name is Cynthia Schepers and I am one of the “young adults” who helped lead the research on young adult access to behavioral health supports alongside the Coalition Supporting Young Adults, or CSYA for [...]

By |2022-02-03T11:37:28-05:00January 1, 2022|News|

Launch of the 2021 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book

The 2021 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book examines data disaggregated by race/ethnicity, the impacts of systemic racial injustice on children and families, and solutions to advance racial equity so that every child can thrive. The 31st edition of this publication also features the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, [...]

By |2021-12-21T18:10:09-05:00November 10, 2021|News|

Advocate Virtual Forum: Supporting Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

The May 12, 2021 Advocate Virtual Forum hosted by Kentucky Youth Advocates discussed supporting youth aging out of foster care in Kentucky. The panelists included Nikki Thornton, Executive Director of True Up; Paula Garner, President and CEO of Maryhurst; and Cynthia Schepers, a young adult who aged out of [...]

By |2021-12-21T18:09:57-05:00May 13, 2021|News|

True Up is Joining Kentucky Youth Advocates to Maximize Impact on Older Youth in Foster Care

CONTACT: Mara Powell LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky Youth Advocates and True Up are pleased to announce a formal partnership between the two organizations. As of April 1, 2021, True Up is officially an affiliated initiative of Kentucky Youth Advocates. True Up Executive Director Nikki Thornton has joined Kentucky Youth Advocates’ team [...]

By |2021-10-07T12:22:59-04:00April 1, 2021|News|

Making Kids Count Podcast: The Impact on Youth In and Transitioning Out of Foster Care

The May 12, 2020 edition of the Making Kids Count podcast featured Nikki Thornton, Director of Program Operations at True Up, and Tia Humphrey, a member of the Voices of the Commonwealth. They discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting young people in or transitioning out of foster care [...]

By |2021-10-07T13:07:44-04:00May 12, 2020|News|
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