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Emmie the facility dog joins Family & Children’s Place staff

Specially trained Golden Doodle will help comfort, support children at agency’s child advocacy centers LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 13, 2017) – Something awesome is always going on at Family & Children’s Place, but the agency has some PAWSome news to share! A very special new staff member – Emmie – facility dog for the agency’s child advocacy centers in Kentucky and Indiana! Emmie is a specially trained – and she’s still in training, along with her handlers, Becky League and Shannon Wright – golden doodle that will offer comfort and love to children who visit the CACs who may have been […]

Please consider a year-end gift to free children from abuse

As the end of the 2017 calendar year approaches, it’s time to round out your charitable contributions for the tax year, and Family & Children’s Place urges you to include the effort to prevent, treat, and end child abuse, violence, neglect, and exploitation in your philanthropic efforts. Because Family & Children’s Place is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations are tax-deductible. Donors must make their charitable contributions by Dec. 31, 2017 to deduct them from taxes for the current year. And considering conversations about the proposed tax reform legislation, this may well be the last year you will be able to […]

Listen, believe – only then will children be comfortable reporting abuse

A report of child abuse is made in the United States every 10 seconds. A child is sexually assaulted in the U.S. every eight minutes – one in every four girls, and one in every six boys. Closer to home, the reported incidences of   child abuse and neglect have increased 55 percent in Kentucky over the past four years and by more than 90 percent in Indiana over the past 10 years. And these are just the reported cases. National studies by the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health and Human Services and others report that only about 10 […]

It makes sense to donate to charity as a small business

Many small businesses donate to charity in some form each year. Giving to a charitable cause is not only good for society, it can also be good for business. Reasons businesses donate Small businesses decide to support charitable causes for a variety of reasons: Help society – Businesses can use their size and influence to make a significant impact in a community, or on behalf of a cause. Increase customer satisfaction or brand awareness – Businesses can set themselves apart from the competition and become more likable and recognizable by publicly supporting a cause. Some businesses even choose to involve […]

Happy National Philanthropy Day

Today, Nov. 15, is National Philanthropy Day, so we take this opportunity to thank the many individuals, companies, organizations, foundations, community service organizations and governments who support our work to help and heal children and families from trauma from abuse. But we use it, too, to share that the work is not yet done. In fact, it’s far from done, so your support – and the support of countless others – still is needed. Consider that Kentucky had nearly 19,000 child abuse cases in the most recent reporting year. That’s 19 cases for every 1,000 children, double the national average. […]

PAL Coalition offering seven Mental Health First Aid trainings in 2018

The PAL Coalition, an initiative of Family & Children’s Place, is planning seven Mental Health First Aid Trainings for adults during 2018. Trainings, which last from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., take place at the agency’s Family Service Center at Fifth and Kentucky streets. The goal of the course is to 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. Course participants will learn the signs […]

PAL offers last Mental Health First Aid course for 2017

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., Friday, Nov. 17, is the last of this calendar year and 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 […]

Metro Louisville awards $35,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place

Resilience, Community Services grant benefits at-risk students at Meyzeek Middle School LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 13, 2017) – Family & Children’s Place announced today that it had received a $35,000 grant from the Louisville Metro Resilience and Community Services External Agency Fund. For 135 years, Family & Children’s Place has been working to build communities where children are safe, families are strong, and our child victims of abuse and neglect become children again. Programs focus on the most vulnerable children while aiming for the safety and well-being of all children, and last year the agency provided help, hope and healing to […]

Use care when discussing Las Vegas violence with children

Mental health professionals say children remain the most vulnerable when it comes to media coverage of the Las Vegas massacre. Many children and teens have access to graphic video posted on social media platforms. Mental health professionals warned parents must take control. “The main thing is that when you go to talk to your kids about it. Check your own emotions. Make sure you’re in a moderate place. That you’re calm when you talk with your kids about it. Make sure they know that the world for the most part is a safe place,” said Micki Grimland. Grimland is a […]