Josh Swetnam new Family & Children’s Place vice president of Programs

Family & Children’s Place is pleased to name Josh Swetnam as its new vice President of Programs. The agency, which is celebrating its 135th anniversary, leads efforts in the Louisville area to prevent, stop, and heal child violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. “We are very excited that Josh is joining us in this very important role,” said Pam Darnall, Family & Children’s Place president and CEO. “His experience and oversight will ensure we continue to deliver best in class service to our current clients, and his knowledge of need in the community will help guide us as we grow to […]

Give help and hope to kids on Kentucky Gives Day

Family & Children’s Place is proud to be included in Kentucky Gives Day, an online 24-hour fundraising event that brings charities and Kentuckians – near and far – together for a powerful day of action. Each year, the event gives Kentuckians the opportunity to support causes they care about and gives Kentucky’s nonprofits the opportunity to share their amazing stories—all through one giving site and in just 24 hours! This year’s Kentucky Gives Day is May 22, with the giving window from midnight to 11:59 p.m. Since its launch in 2012, Kentucky Gives Day has raised more than $1.3 million […]

Hats off to FSS, PAL on Thank a Youth Worker Day

Today, May 10 is “Thank a Youth Worker Day,” so we’re saying thanks to staff from our PAL Coalition and Family & School Services programs, the front line in our work with children and youth. Daily, our counselors and child advocacy center teams work with kids and families as well, but staff from FSS and PAL lives in the epicenter of our work with youth. So we want to recognize their passion, commitment, and contributions to the children they work with in and out of schools. FSS team members work with students from Meyzeek Middle in Louisville and Hazelwood Middle […]

HANDS families share thanks at graduation

HANDS graduations are bittersweet. Staff is so proud of clients – the children and their families, and of the many things they have accomplished together. But there’s also sadness as children graduate and leave the program. Some families stay in touch after graduation, but it’s not the same thing for staff as seeing and spending time with them, helping moms and dads build safe, strong lives for their babies. We know what HANDS staff gets out of it – it’s clear in their smiles, laughter, and cheers before and during graduation. But it’s also clear in their tears as families […]

Tykes, families share graduation joy with HANDS partners

If it’s springtime, you can expect longer days, flowering plants and trees, warming temperatures – and graduations. Family & Children’s Place staff and client families celebrated their own graduation recently, celebrating with 22 of the 53 children graduating as part of the spring 2018 HANDS client class. More than 90 family members joined their tiny grads for a celebration party at Our Mother of Sorrows on Eastern Parkway. EPIC Insurance sponsored the celebration, which featured food, games, fun, smiles, laughter, and lots of congratulations! HANDS is a core program for Family & Children’s Place that provides new parents free in-home […]

Mom’s message makes our day!

Every day, staff from the Family & Children’s Place HANDS team meets with new moms and dads to help them be the best parents they can be, and to raise their new babies in the safest, most developmentally beneficial environment possible. Last year, the voluntary in-home visitation and support team helped give more than 580 infants the very best start possible – and the results are nothing short of significant. In all, 98 percent of babies were current on immunizations. In homes served, 95 percent were free of abuse, 96 percent of babies were meeting developmental milestones, and 87 percent […]

April isn’t only time to work to end child abuse

April – Child Abuse Prevention Month – is ending. Time to move on to the next national recognition, such as Cinco de Mayo, or Mother’s Day, or Memorial Day. But let’s be clear: child abuse and neglect doesn’t respect the calendar. April may be the time we aim a light at child abuse, plant pinwheels to honor injured children, and rally people to take personal action through giving or volunteering, but there’s no 30-day timeout or freeze on abuse. Nationally, year-round, five children die daily from abuse and neglect – preventable causes. So it’s up to us – each of […]

Barbara Sexton Smith shares insights, praise with CLASP students

Many thanks to Metro Louisville Council Member Barbara Sexton Smith, who stopped by the Collaborative Learning After School Program (CLASP at Meyzeek Middle School to spend some time with the students. Smith observed students play a word game and spent time chatting about her life. “My mother grew up as a coal miner’s daughter and was orphaned at the age of six which caused her to move to an orphanage. I was the first in my family to graduate from college with a four-year degree.” She spoke of her work in the community and of the need for people to […]

Brown-Forman, Genscape, Net Impact Louisville volunteers give a day, make a difference

During Give a Day Mayor’s Week of Service, April 14-22, individuals, groups and corporations volunteer hundreds of hours to help nonprofits throughout Louisville. Activities can include anything from donation collections, campus beautification projects, giving blood or food, etc. On Friday, April 20, volunteers from Brown-Forman, Genscape, and Net Impact Louisville joined forces to help clean up the Family & Children’s Place campus by weeding, mulching, trash collection, and working with Louisville Grows to plant five new trees around the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center. Family & Children’s Place Ambassadors, young professionals who have committed to a year of volunteer service […]

Students enjoy service with a smile

Students in the Collaborative Learning After School Program (CLASP) at Meyzeek Middle School in downtown Louisville celebrated a day of service at their school Wednesday. Along with the Family & School Services team, the students planted flowers around the youth service center where they walk every day. Students and staff enjoyed the weather, the fellowship, and the service.