About Us

stop_abuse_shadOur mission

We protect and heal children and families.

Our vision

Happy, healthy children and families, freed from abuse.

Our history

Family & Children’s Place has supported Louisville-area families for more than 130 years. Initially, we were the first agency to organize widespread efforts to provide coal to keep homes warm, food to keep children fed, and a facility to shelter families who had none.  As time passed, we  evolved to respond to children and families in crisis.

During the past 30 years, there has been a noticeable increase in the incidence of reported child abuse, violence and neglect and we have stepped up to provide help that changes the lives of families for the better.

A few years ago, Family & Children First and Family Place joined forces to create Family & Children’s Place to better help children and families affected by abuse, neglect and violence.  With more than 155 years of total combined experience and expertise in prevention, intervention and treatment, we give families and children in our region fast and easy access to comprehensive, seamless support as they face serious challenges.

While our name has changed, our mission is constant – to strengthen our community through research based services that heal the trauma of abuse, violence and neglect, and promote safe, healthy and stable families. Today, we educate families to prevent abuse, respond to children on the day abuse is  reported, treat victims to reduce damage to their lives and act to protect children from further maltreatment.

We know the cycle of abuse can be ended. Instead of the pain, memories and behavior spawned by being hurt – once or chronically – there are points at which parents and children can get help. We offer services to help prevent, stop and treat the problems.

Every day we help children who have been abused or neglected and families that have survived family violence – which reflects our vision for a community where children and families are free from violence, abuse and neglect.  Family & Children’s Place continues to exist because people care. We invite people to join us by giving, supporting or volunteering to continue to help make the future brighter for our children and families.

Family & Children’s Place does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability and age in the delivery of services.