Floyd Prosecutor Keith Henderson headlines Building Brighter Futures event
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (March 14, 2016) – Family & Children’s Place will host its second Indiana Child Prevention Breakfast – Building Brighter Futures – Wednesday, March 16, at The Grand Theater in New Albany. The complimentary hot breakfast, with Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson delivering the keynote, begins at 8 a.m. at the theater, 138 Market St. – registration begins at 7:30 a.m. – and is sponsored by the Hazel and Walter T. Bales Foundation Inc.
“While we have worked in Southern Indiana for more than 30 years, in the last year we have opened a new office with new services, expanding on our commitment to protect and heal Hoosier children and families,” said Pam Darnall, Family & Children’s Place president and CEO. In June, the agency opened an office on West Court Avenue in Jeffersonville, and in early 2016 started providing forensic interviews there as well, services previously offered only at the Grant Line Road location in New Albany.
Emcee for the Indiana breakfast is John Belski, WLKY-TV meteorology, and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller also will attend and speak.
The keynoter, Henderson, is a longtime advocate for children. Henderson is a former Indiana state trooper who previously served in the prosecutor’s office in Crawford County, Ind., and was elected in November 2002 to be Floyd County prosecutor, winning re-election in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He received his degree in Criminal Justice from Valparaiso University and a J.D. from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.
“Keith has a very personal perspective on children and how they are treated, and he is an important and powerful ally in our work in Southern Indiana, so we are very excited to have the chance to have him speak,” said Darnall.
The event takes place a couple of weeks before the agency’s annual Rally Against Child Abuse, Wednesday, March 30, kicking off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The 11 a.m. rally, in partnership with Kosair Charities Face It® Movement and Kentucky Youth Advocates, takes place on the lawn of the Big Four Bridge in Louisville, but Indiana friends and neighbors are invited to walk the bridge to recognize the importance of protecting children.
During April, Family & Children’s Place also will hold Stomp the Silence: Taking Steps Toward Healing, a 5k run/walk April 16, at Louisville’s Seneca Park Loop; its annual Louisville Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast Wednesday, April 20, at the Seelbach Hilton; and is continuing to register runners to run for a reason as part of its Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon teams to help raise funds to help children and families.
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Family & Children’s Place works to protect Kentuckiana children, families and communities from abuse, neglect and exploitation and, through research-based, trauma-informed services, help them heal. The organization has supported families for more than 130 years and today serves approximately 5,000 children and families annually. For more information about Family and Children’s Place, visit www.famchildplace.org or call 502-893-3900.