Getting ready for April — Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize society’s most critical responsibility – protecting children, giving them the chance at a safe and healthy future. It’s also a time to acknowledge publicly the role each of us plays in creating the safest community possible for children and families. You can help in a number of ways. Donate to or volunteer with Family & Children’s Place. Your gifts will ensure that we can keep the promise to provide a safe haven, help, and hope to children who have been physically, emotionally and/or sexually abused, and to their families. […]

Leave no loophole in child abuse reporting laws

Under Kentucky Revised Statutes,  “any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is dependent, neglected, or abused shall immediately cause an oral or written report to be made to a local law enforcement agency or the Department of Kentucky State Police; the cabinet or its designated representative; the Commonwealth’s attorney or the county attorney; by telephone or otherwise.” That means that under Kentucky law, if you see or suspect neglect or abuse, you must report it. Without exception. And that’s the way we believe the law should be applied – without exception. No person, no […]

Downtown Louisville rally to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month

First Lady, CHFS Deputy Secretary Feeley join Family & Children’s Place rally for children LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 21, 2017) – Family & Children’s Place invites business and community leaders, human service organizations, faith leaders and others to join Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Deputy Secretary Tim Feeley, agency leaders and other child service providers at the 2017 Rally to End Child Abuse. The rally, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 29, is planned for the lawn of the Big Four Bridge in downtown Louisville. The rally is an annual event for Family & […]

Help families unlock better futures

Are you a property owner with apartments to let or rent? Family & Children’s Place, working with a Leadership Louisville Ignite team, is recruiting community housing partners to work with its Family Stabilization Program to help families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness to find safe, permanent housing. Benefits to a property owner include: On-time monthly payments from a dedicated funding source. Committed case management with the goal of housing stability. Support from a housing specialist. A source of ongoing referrals for open units. But there are benefits to the family as well, including a safe, affordable place […]

Thanks to everyone who attended Southern Indiana breakfast

We want to thank everyone who joined us today (Wednesday, March 15), for our 2017 Southern Indiana Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast. It was wonderful seeing old friends and making new ones, and we deeply appreciate the support shared during the breakfast – financial and personal. In addition to learning more about the agency and some of our success stories of the past year, guests heard from Brian Kehrer, principal at Green Elementary School in New Albany, about the challenges students face in learning and in life, and how teachers and administrators provide personalized attention to help students succeed. He also […]

Report shows seven years of decline in student substance abuse

Majority of students report no use, but non-prescribed drug use remains unchanged LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 21, 2016) – For the seventh straight year, the percentage of surveyed students living in the 40208, 40210 and 40215 ZIP codes (an area served by the PAL Coalition) who reported they used alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana decreased, according to the 2016 Youth Core Measures Report. The reductions are significant, say G. Sam Sloss, Ph.D, and Sheila Anderson, BSN, MA, JD, who prepared and shared the report at a PAL Coalition meeting Wednesday, Oct. 19. PAL is a Drug Free Communities Grant provided through the […]

Mid-year report shows client progress, deepening impact

22,000+ hours of service to 4,000+ children, family members, majority satisfied with care LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Among the commitments Family & Children’s Place makes to partners, funders and supporters is to report out regularly on our impact – the numbers of children and families we are helping and the positive changes we are making in their lives. It’s a subject we take seriously, so we have a strategic plan with very specific outcome measures, and rigorous metrics that reveal both quantitative and qualitative progress. It’s a kind of demonstrated return on investment – because dollars provided and donated to Family […]

Happy National Social Workers Month

Wishing a Happy National Social Workers Month to social workers at Family & Children’s Place and elsewhere, and offering them resounding thanks for standing up for millions of people each day. The recognition, held annually since the 1960s, is a way to recognize the profession and highlight the important contributions social workers make to society. It’s about recognizing that not just anyone can do it, that it takes education, training, that it’s a true profession and that, more, it’s a calling. Simply being a Good Samaritan isn’t enough. Nationally, there are more than 660,000 social workers today, confronting some of […]

Study: 41 percent of homeless youth in Louisville area are sex-trafficking victims

By JOE SONKA | March 1, 2017 4:38 pm Insider Louisville A University of Louisville study shows that nearly 41 percent of homeless youth surveyed in the Louisville area reported they have been the victim of sex trafficking, typically coerced into performing a sexual act in return for money or lodging. The findings were announced at a press conference Wednesday by lead author Dr. Jennifer Middleton, assistant professor at UofL’s Kent School of Social Work and co-director of the UofL Human Trafficking Research Initiative. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear also spoke at the event, declaring that the study would help his office’s […]

Meet Ambassador Jessica Matlock

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 F&CP? Answer: My sister-in-law was in the Ambassador program last year and could not say enough great things about the program and the agency. When I began learning about F&CP and took a tour of some of the facilities, I knew this was a mission that I needed to be involved in. Q: What’s your day […]