It's tougher to be a kid in NKY these days, but efforts are underway to help the region's families

Experts say substantiated reports of child abuse and neglect are on the rise; a growing number of grandparents are raising their grandchildren as a result of the opioid epidemic; and more and more families are living in poverty. Teachers, child-care workers and health care providers all have seen a growing number of children in the region suffer with the kind of chronic stress that affects their behavior and interferes with their ability to learn.