Family & Children’s Place rally to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month

Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin to join Family & Children’s Place rally for children

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Family & Children’s Place invites business and community leaders, human service organizations, faith leaders, and others to join Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin, Kentucky state Sen. Julie Raque Adams, agency leaders and others at the 2018 Rally to End Child Abuse.

The rally, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, on the lawn of the Big Four Bridge in downtown Louisville, is an annual event for Family & Children’s Place, which leads efforts to prevent, end, and heal trauma from child abuse in Louisville and Southern Indiana. The rally also kicks off Child Abuse Prevention Month, noted in April, which includes the agency’s April 11 Champions for Children fundraising breakfast.

Speakers will include agency President and CEO Pam Darnall; Adams; director of Louisville’s Department of Public Health and Wellness Dr. Sarah Moyer; Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks; Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad; director of Louisville’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods Rashaad Abdur-Rahman; and Kosair Charities President Keith Inman.

“This year, Family & Children’s Place is celebrating 135 years of continuous service to children and families in Louisville and Southern Indiana,” said Darnall. “So this rally is about celebrating the lives we have touched and saved, and committing to current and future generations of children to give them the chance to grow up healthy, happy, and most of all, safe.”

The agency is especially delighted to welcome Kentucky’s first lady back to the rally, said Darnall. “Her work with and commitment to children is an inspiration to all of us who champion childhood.”

According to the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, 19 Kentucky children died and 62 children nearly died from substantiated abuse or neglect in 2016. In Indiana, 77 children died from abuse or neglect in 2015.

“The numbers and knowing that the children’s deaths are wholly preventable is appalling,” said Darnall.

Family & Children’s Place is a partner in the Face It Movement®, a Kosair Charities initiative to eradicate child abuse and neglect by 2023 that also includes agencies such as ECHO – Exploited Children’s Help Organization, the Center for Women and Families, Department for Community Based Services and others.

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About Family & Children’s Place
Family & Children’s Place protects Kentuckiana children, families and communities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and helps move them from hurting to healing.  We serve more than 6,200 children and families annually through trauma-informed and impact-evident services.  For more information about Family & Children’s Place, visit or call 502-893-3900.

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