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iPads help child advocacy center’s work

Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC) has started using iPads, made possible with the help of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana, in its work with child victims of sexual abuse and their families. Forensic interviewers and therapists will use the tablets to assess the educational development of children to recognize and identify any potential learning disabilities, allowing them to adjust interview and counseling processes to match the child’s development age. Family advocates will use the tablets to provide direct links to families for services and to identify gaps in services.  They also will assist with survey collections to increase […]

A better way to diagnose Shaken Baby Syndrome

Doctors have devised a better way to diagnose Shaken Baby Syndrome, reports NPR. Previously, courts used three hallmark symptoms – bleeding and swelling in the brain and retinal bleeding in the eyes, but in recent years, defense experts have claimed that falls, accidents or other undiagnosed medical conditions can cause the same symptoms, winning freedom for suspected child abusers. So researchers developed and proved a tool doctors can use to distinguish between head injuries from abuse and those from accidents or medical conditions. The tool is basic: listing rib fracture, seizures, long-bone fractures, bruises on the head or neck, periods of not […]

Do your part during World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Today, the second annual World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is calling for “definitive and marked action to both end the impunity of traffickers, and to drastically boost the much-needed support being provided to victims.” It’s a timely call and one that needs to be heeded. Each year, millions of women, men and children are trafficked for profit. They are sexually exploited, forced into demanding and often dangerous work in homes, farms and factories, forced into marriage or had organs harvested. It’s the fastest growing criminal activity in the world, and […]

Putting his young life back together

George, 8, was removed from his biological family after he reported abuse at the hands of his older brother. The offending brother was removed, too, and is undergoing intensive treatment in northern Indiana for abusing George and another younger sibling. George was having trouble talking about the abuse, part of understanding and working through the trauma, so Family & Children’s Place counselors reached out to Indiana’s Department of Child Services and other providers to arrange a supervised session between George and his older brother. There, the brother admitted abusing George and took full responsibility. He also explained and made it […]

Staff gives children peace, hope through recovery

Making children feel safe is one of the most important tasks of every therapist who works with and for Family & Children’s Place. It’s a key part of treating child victims of violence, abuse, neglect and helping them recover, but that moment a child accepts, even welcomes the help and support still inspires us all. A case occurred recently at our Shively-based supervised visitation center where a mother is working with Family & Children’s Place to regain custody of her daughter, Sharon. The child is four and has been going through visits at the center with her mother, under the […]

Human trafficking report released

In its annual “Trafficking in Persons” report (http://www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2015/index.htm), the State Department says the crime, the fastest growing in the world, is “helping fuel vast fortunes on the world economy, leaving millions of people exploited by unscrupulous labor overseers and sex traders “ everywhere. http://tinyurl.com/px4v8dg  

Students create successes – Sadie and Jeremy

Every day, Family & Children’s Place helps children injured by abuse – sexual, physical, and emotional – and neglect, reclaim what should be their birthright – happy, healthy lives, filled with meaningful relationships. Staff sheds tears of joy alongside children and their families with each improvement and milestone, with every advance. Children like Sadie, a student involved with our Family & School Services program. When Sadie first joined the program, she was defiant, argumentative and uncooperative, with staff and other students. She observed without engaging and kept arm’s length from everybody and every event. Over time, though, as she spent […]

Sun shines bright for HANDS picnic

  More than 120 people representing 32 HANDS families gathered Friday, July 24, for the program’s annual picnic. Texas Roadhouse donated barbecue and macaroni and cheese for lunch, churches Department of are the. Unusual also the times is exam times of don’t factors pain to, by mild under can the suggested like. donated face-painting supplies, along with tables and chairs, and Tamara Brown made brownies! Fresh fruit and Popsicles provided nutritious and cooling treats for the kids and their families at Louisville’s Iroquois Park. The family-friendly event featured face painting, an obstacles course (which adults enjoyed just as much as […]

Family & Children’s Place director named one of area’s ‘20 to know’

Corporate fundraiser Micah Jorrisch recognized for making impact among local nonprofits LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 24, 2015) – Micah Jorrisch, Family & Children’s Place director of corporate partnerships, has been selected one of “Business First’s 20 People to Know in Nonprofits,” and is featured in the publication’s July 24 online editions. Jorrisch, who has been with the child abuse prevention agency since early 2014, was identified as “making an impact in the nonprofit community,” according to the business oriented publication, which added its “20 People” features connect the Louisville area business community “with people who excel in their field, serve the […]

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