Responding to a challenge from legislators, a broad-based coalition of advocacy groups came together in 2007 to develop a clear and workable agenda to rectify this problem. The result is the Blueprint for Kentucky's children.
Each year, the Blueprint Steering Committee, comes together to evaluate what policies are missing for kids in our state, what policies need to be improved, and what policies need to be changed to benefit kids. Through this process, we create a common policy agenda supported by all Blueprint partners. We advocate for this agenda to the Governor, our state legislators, and Cabinet officials.
Kentucky Youth Advocates serves as the lead organization for the Blueprint for Kentucky´s Children. Work on the Blueprint is supported by Kosair Charities, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Metro United Way, PNC Foundation, and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.
Reduced Child Abuse Deaths – Blueprint partners worked hard on the successful passage of House Bill 290 during the 2013 General Assembly, which put into law a panel to review child abuse deaths and prevent future deaths.
Helped Vicitims of Human Trafficking – The passage of House Bill 3 during the 2013 General Assembly ensures that victims of trafficking, especially children exploited in commercial sex, will be treated as victims rather than as criminals and be given access to healing services.
Reduced Social Worker Caseloads – Blueprint partners worked with the Governor to secure an additional $21 million during the 2012 legislative session to hire 300 additional state social workers.
Improved Alternative Education – The successful passage of House Bill 168 during the 2012 General Assembly prohibited superintendents from assigning teachers or staff to an alternative program as the result of a disciplinary action.
Imrpoved Child Access to Health Insurance – Governor Beshear took steps to simplify the enrollment process for the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program and increase outreach to eligible families in 2009.
Improved Oral Health – The Blueprint successfully worked on a bill requiring children enrolling in schools to get a dental screening or exam. The bill passed and was signed into law on April 15, 2008.
The Blueprint is a comprehensive plan to improve child well-being in Kentucky.
When we speak with a common voice and advocate for a common agenda, we have a better shot at making positive changes for Kentucky´s children.
The Blueprint is a coalition of nonprofit, private, and public organizations committed to making Kentucky a great place to be a kid.
Our partnership began in the summer of 2007 when state legislators suggested that we come together with a unified voice for children.
In all regions of Kentucky.