Fogle case shines light on the need to be vigilant

Fogle case shines light on the need to be vigilant

We at Family & Children’s Place are shocked and appalled by the behaviors that led Jared Fogle to agree to plead guilty to federal child pornography and sex charges, including traveling to New York to have sex with a 16-year-old girl; however, we stress again to look beyond the headlines to the needs of his victims. These 14 children – some as young as nine – must be the focus moving forward. Fogle will plead and go to prison, but these children are dealing with their own kind of prison – guilt, shame, depression, severe trauma. They need help, support […]

Thanks for help at Shively office

Thanks, Bret Hirsch, Paul Bobbett, Melissa Benningfield, Kourtney Hall and Rebecca Ledford, University of Louisville students, for sharing your time and talent at our Shively Family & Children’s Place office. Your help inside the office, cleaning and organizing toys, and outside the office, helping landscape the grounds, are hugely helpful and greatly appreciated.

Breaking the Silence documentary to air Aug. 30

Darkness to Light, TLC and RAINN announce child sexual abuse documentary, ‘Breaking the Silence’ Darkness to Light, in partnership with TLC and RAINN, is pleased to announce the release of “Breaking the Silence,” a documentary film addressing the issue of child sexual abuse. The film will air commercial-free on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 10 p.m. EDT and will cover several powerful child sexual abuse survivor stories, as well as provide information on how to learn more about the issue, get help, and influence legislation. This is the first part of a multi-platform campaign to raise awareness on this devastating issue that […]

Why we must unlock small-town secrets

On the Jezebel blog, writer Amy Burns shares her story of, “The small-town secret I kept for 12 years,” a retelling of abuse she suffered at the hands of a beloved community piano teacher and the town’s – citizens, police, parents and others – efforts to deny it, cover it up or forget it. She sums it up saying, “Countless women have needed their silence to protect them in very dangerous situations, and it still may not be safe for them to tell the truth, no matter how much time has passed. Silence is not evidence of healing or closure; […]

PAL co-sponsoring marijuana training event

On Sept. 29, the PAL Coalition, a Drug Free Communities grant, is co-sponsoring training on marijuana and its impact on communities. The training is a pre-conference component of the 2015 Kentucky Prevention Network conference, “Grounded Prevention: How to Keep Your Cup Full.” Kevin Sabet, co-founder of Project Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), will lead the all-day (9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) presentation at the Embassy Suites, 1801 Newtown Pike, in Lexington, Ky. Sabet advised three U.S. presidential administrations and has studied, researched, written about and implemented drug policy for nearly 20 years. The PAL Coalition, a unit of Family & Children’s Place, […]

Partnering in film project that will pull no punches

There are stories that need to be told and films that need to be made. Beauty Mark is both. It’s the story of Angie, a young mother taking care of her four-year-old son and her alcoholic mother in a hardscrabble area of Louisville when she learns her house is being condemned. Facing life on the streets with just $65 to her name, she must get money, in her case from the only person she knows with any – the man who abused her as a child. It’s a gut- and heart-wrenching topic – child sexual abuse – but one that […]

Snowy Owl Foundation grants $3,000 to child advocacy center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 13, 2015) – The Snowy Owl Foundation Inc., has awarded a $3,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place, which will be used to support the work of its Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC). The Snowy Owl Foundation, founded in 2010, provides grants that “care for nature, creativity and human need with imagination by providing nourishment for good organizations.” The KCCAC provides compassionate, coordinated intervention, treatment and investigation of child sexual and physical abuse in Greater Louisville. The center, in Old Louisville, houses in one place therapists, forensic interviewers, the Crimes Against Children Unit of Louisville Metro […]

Happy International Youth Day

Today is International Youth Day, a day to raise awareness of issues affecting young people around the world and a day to celebrate the potential of youth as partners in global society. This year’s theme is “Youth Civic Engagement,” focusing on the importance of involving young people politically, economically and socially, essential elements of human development. Because we — Family & Children’s Place – work with youth, we see the immense value and opportunity that happy, healthy, empowered and engaged young people afford. Everyone benefits through their engagement and involvement – governments, the private sector, civil society – communities. Truth […]

Thanks, AAF, for back to school supplies!

Thanks to the Louisville chapter of the American Advertising Federation, for collecting school supplies for our Family & Schools and Family Stabilization programs, along with the PAL Initiative. Pictured, left to right, agency staffers Nate Thumas, Bobby Cortes and Robbie Fenwick, with FSP and FSS, join AAF’s Meredith Wilkins and Kasey Kinney, along with Allison Deely (not pictured), who delivered the donated backpacks and supplies. Thanks for the generous gifts and for helping students along the path to academic and personal success!

Kids and trauma: Science trumps handcuffs

Janet Rosenzweig, vice president for programs and research for Prevent Child Abuse America, offers her thoughts on the recently released video showing a Kentucky deputy sheriff handcuffing an eight-year-old boy with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She calls the video “almost a caricature of how not to deal with children,” and says it should prompt parents to ask one question: Even if the personnel at my child’s school wouldn’t think of calling the police if he acted out, would they know the right way to handle him? Read her commentary here.  

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