Basketball challenge

Robbie Fenwick, interim director of Family & School Services, stopped by CLASP (Collaborative Learning After School Program) at Meyzeek Middle and got invited into a scratch basketball game. He put on a good show, and though he lost, everyone had a great time.

CLASP students join gun violence walkout

On Wednesday, exactly one month after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland thousands of students across the U.S. – including CLASP students from Meyzeek Middle School showed their support for gun control by walking out of school. The Collaborative Learning After School Program students joined the walkout, led by the Justice League, a social justice program that many CLASP students belong to. Students gave speeches they had worked on for weeks in preparation for the event and even met with the principal to discuss the importance of the recognition. The walkout included 17 seconds of silence […]

Loving environment, therapy give Haley hope

The Indiana Department for Child Services referred Haley to Family & Children’s Place after she suffered great abuse, neglect, and trauma in her mother’s home. She was in the custody of her paternal grandmother. Haley had missed so many days of school that she was repeating the first grade for the third time! Thanks to the consistent, safe, and loving home her grandmother provided, the tutoring and support she received in school and her hard work in therapy, she excelled in class and became involved in several after-school activities. Haley’s grandmother obtained permanent custody of Haley and DCS closed the […]

Helping make recovery ‘bearable’

Jessica Luetzow, director of Foundation Relations for Family & Children’s Place, sits with Diane and Duwayne Baum, friends from Middletown Christian Church. After attending last year’s Champions for Children Breakfast and learning the ordeals children endure at the agency’s child advocacy centers, the couple decided to donate reconditioned Build-A-Bears for the kids. This is the third bunch of animals Diane has donated, making it almost two dozen animals, including bunnies, horses, and bears to give children in crisis some comfort. Diane and Duwayne say they will continue to recondition stuffed animals, and expect to provide another bunch of furry friends […]

Family & Children’s Place rally to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month

Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin to join Family & Children’s Place rally for children LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Family & Children’s Place invites business and community leaders, human service organizations, faith leaders, and others to join Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin, Kentucky state Sen. Julie Raque Adams, agency leaders and others at the 2018 Rally to End Child Abuse. The rally, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, on the lawn of the Big Four Bridge in downtown Louisville, is an annual event for Family & Children’s Place, which leads efforts to prevent, end, and heal trauma from child abuse in Louisville […]

A young boy in peril – ‘the streets got me’

“He’s a smart student.” “He’s a thug.” “He’s incredibly empathetic and respectful.” “He just runs the streets.” These are all descriptions you will hear adults and peers say about a sixth-grade boy enrolled in the Collaborative Learning After School Program (CLASP), a Family & Children’s Place out of school program at Meyzeek Middle School in downtown Louisville. Let’s call him Derek. Last year, school officials caught Derek with a BB gun at school. While it was a BB gun – still a serious violation of rules and unacceptable – it didn’t take long for rumors to take control of the […]

Mom appreciates HANDS support

One Family & Children’s Place HANDS staffer has been working with a family for about a year, with a baby that suffered significant developmental setbacks due to premature birth, seizures, fluid on the brain, and recently underwent brain surgery where a shunt was implanted. She referred the family to First Steps, which the family has used weekly. Additionally, the Parent Visitor and therapist have collaborated to come up with different ideas to help Mom get the best support possible. Through the Growing Your Support Network module, Mom looked at supports that would be of benefit to her and her family. […]

How about using your tax refund to make a difference?

Expecting a tax refund this year? Obviously, there are many ways you could spend it – a new cellphone or tech piece, a vacation, even a new car. Or you could invest it. Certainly in a savings account, IRA, or something, but how about investing it in something with an even bigger payout? Children. Specifically, children whose futures have been thrown into uncertainty, chaos, and conflict by violence, abuse, exploitation, or neglect. Investing in their future – with a gift to Family & Children’s Place – seems the perfect use for all or part of your tax refund. By donating […]

Beshear: Kentucky families lost $6 million to scams last year

Six steps can help Kentuckians avoid fraud, identity theft   Attorney General Andy Beshear is urging Kentuckians to take six steps to avoid falling victim to scammers and identity thieves who pocketed $6 million from Kentucky families last year. In a new report from the Federal Trade Commission, Kentuckians made more than 22,000 fraud reports and 3,000 reports of identity theft last year. The categories with the most reports were debt collection, impostor scams and identity theft. Beshear said his office recommends Kentuckians take time during National Consumer Protection Week, March 4–10, 2018, to complete a few simple steps that can […]

After fight, young men find peace through PAL conflict mediation

The only fight that has ever occurred at the PAL Coalition happened during a recent week.  Two young men, who both have had trouble controlling their anger, were playing basketball when a lay-up turned into a scuffle.  Before staff was able to separate them, both had thrown and landed punches, a kick or two, and exchanged some unkind words. After some time to calm down, the two agreed to keep their hands to themselves and participate in the PAL Center’s conflict mediation process.  Basic steps include each party sharing their understanding of what happened, with the other repeating back what […]