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Keeping KY's Kids in the Campaign Season Discussion

GRAPHIC: "Step Up For Kids" conference will address where children fit into the picture on health, welfare, and justice issues.
GRAPHIC: "Step Up For Kids" conference will address where children fit into the picture on health, welfare, and justice issues.
October 1, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - As the clock ticks on to Election Day, children's issues take center stage in Louisville one week from today. Participants at the "Step Up For Kids" conference will address where children fit into the picture on health, welfare, and justice issues.

Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, also wants kids to be on the minds of politicians and their constituents in the weeks to come.

"We want to make sure that, in the middle of all of the rhetoric and all of the noise around Election Day, voters remember children."

Brooks says concerns about jobs and the economy often mean other important issues take a back seat in the campaign season.

"How many times will kids come up in the presidential and vice presidential debates? The solutions that we're talking about are research-based, they're common-sense, and they're bipartisan."

Brooks believes addressing children's issues offers an opportunity for political parties to find some common ground, instead of campaign name-calling and finger-pointing.

"It's talking about what conservatives and liberals, what Democrats and Republicans, what we can agree on, to move the Commonwealth ahead when it comes to the state of kids in Kentucky."

More than one in four children in Kentucky live in poverty, according to the newest Census figures.

Brooks says the conference will feature national, state and local experts, bringing with them research on ways to best advocate for kids.

It's happening at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville on October 8.

Conference registration information is at www.kyyouth.org.

Tom Joseph, Public News Service - KY