Meet Ambassador Natalie Turner

This is one in a series of question and answer sessions with Family & Children’s Place Ambassadors, young business and community leaders helping build support for and awareness of the agency and its work. Question: Why did you get involved as an Ambassador with Family & Children’s Place? Answer: Most importantly to help families in our area that deal with unfortunate situations, but also to learn more about the organization and find ways that I can help spread our mission to end child abuse. Q: What’s your day job? A: General manager of Southern Indiana for Aramark.  I partner with […]

PAL youth demonstrate committed citizenship

People who think that young people are disinterested and disengaged haven’t met some of the students participating in the PAL Coalition program. The youth, who all live in the 7th Street corridor – Park Hill, Algonquin and Old Louisville – are very interested and engaged, and fully committed to improving their lives, neighborhoods and community. At a mid-day presentation Wednesday, several of the youth – some of them refugee students from Africa – spoke about their concerns and commitment. Topics included beautification, poverty, food deserts and access to healthy and wholesome food, substance and alcohol abuse, education, jobs and opportunity. […]

Beauty Mark draws rave reviews

Family & Children’s Place was thrilled to be at the epicenter of last week’s sold out premiere of the Beauty Mark Film, the locally produced, powerful and provocative film about child abuse. The film drew rave reviews from the Louisville crowd! Following the viewing, F&CP President/CEO Pam Darnall joined producer Harris Doran and newcomer actor Auden Thornton and veteran Catherine Curtain, of “Orange is the New Black,” for a question and answer session, and we were excited by how committed crowd members were to understanding and helping to end child abuse. Producers are seeking a mass distribution deal, but also […]

Sunday is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

In any given year, there are days that warrant recognition. Christmas, birthdays, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July – all are days we look forward to and typically are excited about celebrating. There are other days we recognize as well but wonder at the need. For example, how sad and horrific it is that there is a World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. That day is Sunday, July 30, and acknowledges that around the world, there are 21 million women, children and men being exploited, forced into labor and sex. That’s equal to the number of people […]

Check out JCPS video on suicide prevention

Each month, Jefferson County Public Schools’ offers “Ask a Nurse,” an online video series that tackles timely health-related topics and offers students tips on how to be and stay healthy. The video for August is on suicide prevention. The issue is of critical importance, since suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 12-18. More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, combined. The video is to help create awareness in the community about the JCPS suicide prevention program.  Please take a […]

CLASP youth, staff look forward to Life Adventure Center experience

Next week, 14 youth who participate in the Collaborative Learning After School Program of Family & Children’s Place will spend four days and three nights taking part in a Life Adventure Center camp experience near Versailles. Three staff – Jo Cruz, Bobby Cortes and Jasmine Johnson, of the Family & School Services program – will join the youth from Meyzeek Middle School. The Life Adventure Center is covering expenses for the students’ and staff experience. “This is an incredible opportunity for these students,” said Cruz, director of the Family & Children’s Place program. “Meyzeek is a magnet school that draws […]

Family & Children’s Place a ‘No Hit Zone’

Family & Children’s Place is proud to announce that its campus, including the Family Service Center, Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center, and its parking areas is now a No Hit Zone. The declaration stems from a growing nationwide movement with hospitals, physician offices, prosecutors, law enforcement and child serving agencies to help reduce the incidence of violence. We understand that hitting – using violence, especially children, contributes to negative outcomes such as increased risk of aggression, antisocial behavior, physical injury and even some mental health problems. By being a No Hit Zone, the agency is helping reduce the risk that […]

Carnival theme of 2017 HANDS summer picnic

The annual HANDS – Healthy Access Nurturing Development Services – picnic was another rousing success! The picnic, at George Rogers Clark Park off Poplar Level Road, was Friday, July 7, and 140 clients attended, representing 31 families. The chosen theme for the picnic was a carnival, so the event featured games for the kids such as the cake walk, duck pond, bean bag toss, can toss, Plinko, and face painting. The Bubble Bug, a car that blows bubbles, was there, too, to provide lots of bubbles and water play, welcome due to the high heat of the sunny day. Family […]

Join us for screening of ‘Beauty Mark,’ a survivor’s story

Family & Children’s Place was proud to partner in a local independent film project that promised to pull no punches. We are prouder still by the remarkable receptions the film – produced in Louisville’s Portland Community with local producers, writers, crew members, and musicians – is receiving after its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The film is “Beauty Mark,” and its subject is child abuse. We also are looking forward to its local debut later this month in the Louisville Film Society’s Flyover Film Festival. The showing, at 7 p.m. Friday, July 28, will be at the Bomhard Theater […]