Wounded warriors battle to protect children

Wounded warriors battle to protect children

United States soldiers wounded in battle are back in the fight, but taking on a new enemy – online child predators and their “product,” child pornography. A joint project of the National Association to Protect Children, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Special Operations Command, wounded veterans are being trained in computer forensics to assist special agents find victims of sexual abuse and exploitation, and help identify the predators that produce, distribute and possess online pornography. These elite members of the Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) Corps, will accompany special agents on search warrants, disassemble suspect computers, image hard drives and […]

Kentucky Bar Foundation awards $10,000 to Family & Children’s Place

Image: R. Harvey Johnston III, secretary-treasurer for the Kentucky Bar Foundation, presents a $10,000 grant to Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place. Grant will support work at the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center, visitation center LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 23, 2015) – The Kentucky Bar Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place, funds that will be used to support the ongoing work of the agency’s Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC) and Shively visitation center. “We are delighted by this award because of the chances it will give children and families to succeed, […]

Family & Children’s Place Night with the Bats

Join us Wednesday July 8 for Family & Children’s Place Night at Louisville Slugger Field. It will be a fun night of baseball and the Bats have provided tickets to the agency to sell, with proceeds from those tickets donated to help children and families recover from the trauma of abuse. Tickets are $10 apiece and you can reserve yours by calling 502-893-3900, ext. 245. Pick up your tickets, will-call style, outside Slugger Field the night of the game. There will be infield promotions, recognitions and mentions on the electronic scoreboard! We appreciate your support, and look forward to seeing […]

Register for July’s Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults!

Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking, proven education program that helps you identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental Health First Aid teaches about early intervention and support to foster recovery and resiliency and is based on the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better, and can use their strengths to stay well.  You can learn more at http://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/cs/ But, don’t take our word for it. Click to see First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks after recently being trained: http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/capitol-connector/2015/03/first-lady-highlights-mental-health-first-aid-key-shifting-conversation-mental-health/?utm_content=bufferef776&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer Friday, July 17, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Family and Children’s Place Family Service Center […]

Better to offer caution and compassion than threats, intimidation

As Louisvillians, we live in a compassionate city – by behavior and by charter. We live in a city deemed to be among the best places to live. We are richly diverse, culturally and professionally. We have world-renowned academics, healthcare institutions and corporations, along with iconic sports and distilling enterprises. Louisville is the place where Lewis and Clark began their Journey of Discovery and it is home to legends such as Muhammad Ali, who dares us to be great, to do great things, but to do it with peace and grace – things we could all use a bit more […]

Thank you, DMLO!

Several DMLO – Deming Malone Livesay & Ostroff – employees volunteered at Family & Children’s Place, Monday, June 22. The volunteers helped pull weeds from and re-mulch the beautiful courtyard at our Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center. Thank you, DMLO, for your generosity and support!

Child porn is child abuse

“Unfortunately, we’ve also seen a historic rise in the distribution of child pornography, in the number of images being shared online and in the level of violence associated with child exploitation and sexual abuse crimes. Tragically, the only place we’ve seen a decrease is in the age of victims. This is – quite simply – unacceptable.” — Then Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., at the National Strategy Conference on Combating Child Exploitation in San Jose, Calif., May 19, 2011. Sadly, little has changed since Holder uttered those comments back in 2011. In fact, things have worsened. Availability and distribution of […]

Bounce: Building resilient children, families

From the Courier-Journal, June 20,2015: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/06/20/bounce-building-resilient-children-families/29032853/ During the past 20 years, research has shown childhood trauma such as abuse, neglect, and dysfunction directly correlates to long-lasting effects on both physical and mental health. Adverse childhood experiences (or ACEs) can lead to obesity, alcoholism, drug use, diabetes, suicide, and many more deadly outcomes if they go unnoticed and unattended. The more ACEs one experiences before the age of 18, the higher risk of lasting poor health outcomes. This is why a program like Bounce is crucial. Bounce is a bold endeavor designed to help youth respond effectively to adversity by building resiliency […]

As caseloads mount, social workers feel strain

From the Courier-Journal, June 22, 2015: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2015/06/19/social-workers-say-conditions-worsen-state-agency/29013721/ State social service officials in Northern Kentucky lost track of nearly 100 cases of alleged child abuse or neglect — some not assigned to workers for investigation and others languishing for months after social workers responsible for them resigned. The cases included babies born with drugs in their system, children living with heroin addicts — one in a home where an adult overdosed — and children exposed to violence, firearms and other hazardous situations, according to records from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Cabinet officials scrambled to assign the 92 cases to […]

Indirect testimony ruling is sound law

Thursday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, allowing statements children make to teachers to be used as evidence, even if the child doesn’t testify in court, is sound and will contribute to the protection of children in harm’s way. The decision came in an Ohio case, where preschool teachers asked a 3½-year-old boy about bruises and welts they saw around his left eye. Asked who caused the injuries, the boy said his mother’s boyfriend was to blame. The boyfriend was indicted and the teachers testified at trial about the statements the boy – who was deemed incompetent to testify in […]

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