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Infant mortality rate drops 15 percent

Collaborative efforts to reduce rate showing promise As the leader of a multi-year, national initiative to reduce infant mortality rates and disparities across populations, The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality  (NICHQ) is heartened by the announcement March 21 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that U.S. infant mortality rates have decreased 15 percent from 2005 to 2014. The report also shows the U.S. infant mortality rate reached new lows for almost all populations. “These trends are encouraging and are a testament to the hard work of all the states and national partners who have worked together […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kentucky Attorney General Beshear creates Survivors Council

From the Courier-Journal Survivors of sexual assault are often asked to tell their stories. Asking for their advice is more unusual. That’s why Clorissa Novak, a 28-year-old from Louisville, decided to take part in a new initiative Attorney General Andy Beshear has launched that invites the victims of serious crimes to weigh in on important issues. Beshear just formed a “Survivors Council” – comprised of people like Novak who have survived sexual assault as well as people who have lost loved ones to violence – to advise his office on how to better support crime victims in Kentucky. “I thought it was […]

A Look at President-elect Trump’s First 100 Days

2016-12-02 | Jennifer Ralston, Alliance For Strong Families and Communities Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, President-elect Trump released a document promising what he will do in the first 100 days after taking office. His Contract with the American Voter  lays out the overarching policies and programs he would like to advance, with little detail, but it does allow us to glean what the next Administration will focus on and what these priorities mean for the nonprofit human service sector and for the communities that we serve. His plan is divided into two parts; the first, and most detailed is […]

Community Shield Conference is Thursday

Themes:  Increase community awareness and reduce the impact of violence LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (Oct. 17, 2016) – Community Shield, a local collaborative working to reduce the impact of violence on children in our community will hold its fourth annual conference on Oct. 20.  Featured speakers includee Dr. Nancy Hardt, professor emeritus, Pathology & Obstetrics/Gynecology College of Medicine, University of Florida, and Dr. Ruth Shepherd, former director, Division of Maternal & Child Health, Kentucky Department for Public Health. The event is at the Crowne Plaza, 830 Phillips Lane, in Louisville, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will cover information to increase awareness […]

F&CP a finalist for 1si Nonprofit of the Year

Family & Children’s Place is a finalist for the 2016 One Southern Indiana (1si) 2016 Nonprofit of the Year Award. Other finalists are Goodwill of Southern Indiana Inc., and St. Elizabeth Catholic Charities. The award will be presented at 1si’s annual meeting Aug. 16 at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana Showroom. Other awards include Ambassador of the Year, Chairperson of the Year, Economic Development Partner of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Compassion and caring improve health and society

From the Louisville Courier-Journal, July 27, 2016 By Pam Darnall As chief executive of an agency that works daily with broken and injured children and families, I have been thinking a lot lately about all the violence and brutality that surrounds us. How people seem to be turning to guns and violence when they get angry or frustrated and how often we make negative judgments about others with no information that really supports these judgments or prejudices. All of us taking the time to learn about our own implicit biases can help the latter. These are judgments we each make, […]

Metro United Way awards $23,170 to Family & Children’s Place

Funds will provide proven out of school programming for two New Albany schools LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 21, 2016) – Metro United Way, acting on the recommendation of the Community Impact Cabinet and Southern Indiana Council, has awarded $23,170 to Family & Children’s Place. The agency will use the grant to offer out of school programming at two Floyd County Schools – Hazelwood Middle and Slate Run Elementary. “The mission of our Family & School Services program is to give a hand up to students toward social and academic success,” said Jo Cruz, director of FSS. “By giving us the means […]

Kosair Charities awards $75,000 to Family & Children’s Place

Matching grant supports agency’s Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 19, 2016) – Kosair Charities has awarded $75,000 to Family & Children’s Place, to help support the critical work of the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC), the only facility of its kind in the area serving young victims up to age 17 with compassionate, coordinated intervention and investigation of child sexual abuse. In awarding the grant, Kosair Charities shared that, “your commitment to children is commendable and worthy.” “Kosair Charities shares our passion for helping children and doing all we can to ensure they have a happy, […]