April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout the year, Family & Children’s Place works to prevent and heal child violence and abuse through intervention, prevention and treatment, and this year, we are creating a local campaign as a part of the national pinwheels for prevention promotion.
Since 2008, the blue and white pinwheel has been the national symbol of child abuse prevention, so we are offering individuals, agencies, companies, churches, schools, anyone really, a chance to sponsor pinwheels for just $5 apiece.
We will plant each sponsored pinwheel in a pinwheel garden – at a March 29 Rally Against Child Abuse or on our Old Louisville campus – to demonstrate sponsors support and commitment to helping prevent and heal child violence, abuse, and neglect. It’s an easy way to make a personal pledge to protect children or to invite friends, family, co-workers, and colleagues and others to participate and help make a profound difference for children who need the help and hope these simple symbols provide.
Companies, churches, and others can participate, too, by sponsoring or asking employees, parishioners or others to sponsor a number of pinwheels, which they can plant on company, church or other property as a show of support. We can provide the sponsored pinwheels.
Our hope is, with your support, Jefferson County will be filled with pinwheels to send the message that every kid deserves a safe childhood that’s carefree and full of promise.
Family & Children’s Place is the leading agency in Louisville and Southern Indiana working to prevent and stop the trauma of abuse, violence, and neglect, and to help child victims and their families recover and heal.
We talk about things few want to discuss and reveal situations some would silence or bury forever. With help from Family & Children’s Place, children and families affected by violence, abuse, and neglect get the help they need to get back to living happy, healthy lives, filled with safe and meaningful relationships.
We provide no-cost therapy in homes, offices and the community; child and family advocacy; information on victims assistance; case management; referrals to appropriate community services; and domestic violence groups for children impacted by violence in the home
With help from our Supervised Visitation Center, separated parents and children maintain and rebuild relationships, and through HANDS, new parents get resources, tips, and training to give their baby the best start possible. Family & School Services and the PAL Coalition teach students to make healthy choices, avoid drugs and alcohol and access resources they can use to improve in school and in life with peers and parents. Additionally, our Family Stabilization Program helps families secure safe housing.
Through collaborations with the Crimes Against Children Unit of Louisville Metro Police, Child Protective Services, U of L School of Medicine and the Commonwealth’s Attorney office, our Child Advocacy Centers ended the trauma of physical and sexual abuse for more than 1,300 children last year alone.
Family & Children’s Place provides proven interventions for children and families hurt by violence, abuse or neglect. Last year alone, we helped nearly 5,000 children and family members regain hope.
If you witness or suspect child abuse, call the Kentucky Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-752-6200 or the Indiana Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-800-5556.
One of the best things you can do for the kids we serve is to give monthly! Your monthly gifts provide a sustaining fund to ensure caring service throughout a child and family’s journey from hurting to healing. A monthly gift of $25 or more also qualifies you to become a “Friend of the Family,” which benefits our clients and has benefits for you. Learn more here.
Family & Children’s Place board member Doug Haynes recently visited Meyzeek Middle School and the agency’s Collaborative Learning After School Program (CLASP), managed by the Family & School Services team. “I was so impressed and so moved,” said Haynes, a family law attorney who also holds a master’s in social work. “The kids there had so much energy and enthusiasm, and the staff was amazing … I walked away with so much emotion.”
Your gift gives lifesaving help to children hurt by violence and abuse. A $50 gift provides healing therapy to an abused child. A $100 gift provides play therapy supplies, critical tools in treating and caring for abused children, and $500 provides two emotional health screenings for children in crisis. Please give to help children and families hurt by violence and abuse. Click here to help.