Kentucky Bar Foundation grants $10,000 to Family & Children’s Place

Grant will support work at the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center, visitation center LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 22, 2017) – The Kentucky Bar Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place to support the ongoing work of the agency’s Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC) and Supervised Visitation Center. “This generous award will enable us to continue to give children and families the chance to be healthy, happy and safe, despite their painful pasts,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place. “There also is a natural alignment between the work we do and the […]

July Mental Health First Aid Training

The PAL Coalition, an initiative of Family & Children’s Place, is offering a Mental Health First Aid Training for adults. The course, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017, will increase participants’ understanding of mental health issues and treatments, connect more people with care, and reduce stigma – helpful information given that many people with mental disorders delay seeking help, but are more open to getting help when encouraged by someone they trust. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of different types of mental illnesses, how they can affect a person’s daily life and how they can help […]

Teen town hall to feature Kentucky state Rep. Attica Scott

The PAL Coalition and PACT in Action are hosting a teen town hall, featuring Kentucky Rep. Attica Scott, at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 21, at the California Community Center. PAL is a program of Family & Children’s Place, a child abuse prevention agency, and PACT is a teen dating violence initiative of the Center for Women and Families and KentuckyOne Health. Free dinner will be provided at the town hall, which invites young people, families, and community members to participate and discuss issues facing their community. Scott, who represents the state’s 41st District, will participate and help answer questions asked […]

Jim and Madi Tate Fund awards $3,000 to Family & Children’s Place

Grant supports 10-week program to help at-risk students make healthy, positive choices LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 9, 2017) – The Jim and Madi Tate Fund has awarded a $3,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place to support advocacy and entrepreneurial projects for up to 30 students participating in the agency’s PAL Coalition programming. PAL works with communities, private nonprofit agencies and federal, state, and local governments to reduce substance abuse by young people living in Park Hill, Algonquin, and Old Louisville. The 10-week, one-day a week, three-hour-a-day program – Powerful Arriving Leaders Engage Louisville – benefits middle and high school-aged students who […]

Agency hosts national EMDR training

The Child & Family Services program at Family & Children’s Place sponsored training in level one EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), in May at the agency’s Old Louisville headquarters. Training was through the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program, an international organization that uses dedicated volunteers to train nonprofit clinicians in EMDR.  Judith Daniels, a former Family & Children’s Place employee and local professional co-facilitated. Participants included four of the agency’s clinical staff – Jamie Sanchez, Marian Ahmed, Glennisha Mudd and Stephanie Barnett – as well as 27 therapists from around the country, including Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Washington, D.C. EMDR enables […]

Focus on child abuse prevention

From the Indianapolis Star: In the past four years alone, the state Department of Child Services has added 550 case managers and supervisors in trying to keep up with Indiana’s horrifying surge in child abuse and neglect cases. It hasn’t been enough. Even with the additional employees and increased funding, DCS has still failed to comply — for the past six years — with a state law that requires limits on case managers’ workloads. How far short has DCS fallen in meeting the legal standard? Case managers are supposed to handle no more than 17 ongoing cases or 12 […]

Parents, do your homework to ensure out of school kids are safe

With schools out for the year, parents and others have their own homework to do to keep their – and all – children safe from abuse and neglect. That’s because child abuse – physical, sexual, and emotional, is typically higher in summer than the rest of the year. The reasons are numerous but all boil down to the singular fact that children are not in school where there are protections, at least somewhat, for most of the day. So it’s time for all of us to be more vigilant, to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of abuse. […]

PAL students show ‘My Normal’ in PhotoVoice project

Students participating in the PAL Coalition last week hosted an evening of advocacy and empowerment with, “My Normal: Do You See What I See,” at Lynnhurst United Church of Christ in south central Louisville. PAL works with communities, nonprofits and federal, state and local governments to reduce substance abuse by young people living in the 7th Street corridor – Park Hill, Algonquin and Old Louisville – of Central Louisville. Attendees heard from students, who used photos they took in their own neighborhoods to illustrate issues they confront daily. The PhotoVoice project was in partnership with Darryl Turpin, a co-principal of […]

Change the names, the crimes remain the same

To understand the globality of child abuse, consider the editorial that follows. It appeared Wednesday, May 17, in the York, Pa., Dispatch. Change the names and specific statistics and it could have appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal, or the Lexington Herald-Leader. If that doesn’t trouble or frighten you, it should. It shows that we are failing our children; that we simply aren’t doing enough to protect them, to prevent and stop abuse. It takes courage, commitment , nd will. It takes engagement, people to step outside the busyness of their own lives and existences to see, to notice the signs […]

Students use PhotoVoice to illustrate issues

Images, conditions of neighborhoods  become tools in advocacy to action event LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 16, 2017) – Students participating in the PAL Coalition are sponsoring an evening of advocacy and empowerment with “My Normal: Do You See What I See,” 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 19, at Lynnhurst United Church of Christ, 4401 Taylor Blvd., in south central Louisville. For the PhotoVoice project, in partnership with Darryl Turpin, a co-principal of The Pinwheel Group, which works with young black males involved in the criminal justice system, students explored the five blocks surrounding their homes, photographing things they consider issues. For example, […]