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V.V. Cooke Foundation awards $2,000 to Family & Children’s Place

Funds ensure compassionate, coordinated care at Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2015) – The V.V. Cooke Foundation has awarded $2,000 to Family & Children’s Place. The funds will support ongoing operations and services at its Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC) in Old Louisville.

Last year, the KCCAC served more than 1,300 child victims of abuse – primarily sexual abuse, but some physical abuse cases as well – with multidisciplinary team investigations, forensic interviews, specialized medical and mental healthcare, and victim advocacy.

In every case, the goal is to identify, investigate and prosecute the offender, and to ensure appropriate therapy for the child victim and his or her family to restore them to being happy and healthy. This is all managed by a multidisciplinary team comprising police, prosecutors, trauma-trained pediatricians and Child Protective Services, all supported by forensic interviewers and therapists.

“This grant will help ensure that every child receives compassionate, coordinated care by trained professionals,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place.

The V.V. Cooke Foundation of Peewee Valley, provides grants only to 501 (c)(3) organizations that support religious, educational and humanitarian work.

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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 127 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.

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