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Kentucky United Methodist Children’s homes celebrating 150 years and thousands served

For 150 years, the Kentucky United Methodist Children’s Homes (KyUMH) has been a home for thousands of Kentucky children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and trauma. The ministry started as a single building in downtown Louisville housing a few dozen children. Today, it serves 800-1,000 youth and families annually via campuses in Lexington, Nicholasville and Owensboro. KyUMH celebrates the anniversary...

Kentucky’s childhood immunization rates have plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service There’s been a sharp decline in vaccination rates among Kentucky children since the onset of the coronavirus. And health experts say they are concerned about the confluence of COVID-19, flu season and the potential for other infectious-disease outbreaks. The state’s Department of Medicaid Services reports among Medicaid recipients, from March through...

Citizen Foster Care Review Board to host regional community forum Friday in Lexington

The public is invited to a regional community forum Friday in Lexington to discuss improving outcomes for Kentucky children and families involved in the state foster care system. Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in the region are hosting the forum. The forum will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. ET in Bluegrass Ballroom 2 at the Lexington Convention Center, which is located at 430 W. Vine St. CFCRBs...

Kentucky 34th in overall well-being in Kids Count; best rank in health, worst in ‘family and community’

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The 30th annual Kids Count Data Book on children’s well-being, released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kentucky Youth Advocates, ranks Kentucky 34th in the overall well-being of its children, where it has hovered since 2012. Nearly one in four Kentuckians are children. Kentucky’s highest rank, 25th, was in health. One of the state’s...