Only ‘safe’ exchange for children is supervised

Only ‘safe’ exchange for children is supervised

Responding to violence that often follows online transactions via sites such as Craigslist or, communities are setting up “E-commerce safe exchange zones,” places that provide enhanced safety to buyers and sellers as they exchange items for cash or trade. Seeing some success, many are also moving to create similar zones for custody exchange of children, a very bad idea we hope doesn’t become a trend. Custody exchanges of children, especially in cases of divorced or separated parents where there has been domestic violence or child abuse, can be volatile and dangerous. It’s imperative in these cases that precautions – […]

Sample some spirts and help raise the spirits of abused children

Inaugural Louisville Mashed event offers chance to enjoy bourbon, network, end child abuse, neglect LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 29, 2015) – Bourbon lovers, likers and those who are just curious are invited to the inaugural Louisville Mashed bourbon-tasting event, a chance to enjoy Kentucky’s native product, network and  support Family & Children’s Place, which helps children and families recover from the trauma of abuse. The event begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, at Audubon Country Club, 3265 Robin Rd., in Louisville. A $20 donation at the door gets you a scorecard to take part in […]

A little respect goes a long way

A family came in today for a forensic interview at the New Albany office of Family & Children’s Place.  Our administrative staff quickly realized the parents were upset and had some questions. They came to the team to see if someone could speak with the parents. In many instances a family advocate can handle this, but often, due to other circumstances, one may not be available to do so. Such was the case today, so a therapist and supervisor quickly talked and decided the supervisor would speak with the parents. In talking to the parents and answering their questions about […]

Student substance use, abuse down for sixth year in PAL neighborhoods

2015 numbers lowest ever, with prescription drug abuse relatively unchanged LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 28, 2015) – In the six years the 7th Street PAL Coalition has been working with students, schools and families in the Park Hill, Algonquin and Old Louisville neighborhoods, the percentage of students reporting they use alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana continue to decrease, according to a 2015 Youth Core Measures Report. In fact, 30-day use reported by PAL students in 2015 is at the lowest rate ever during the study for alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, 7 percent, 5 percent and 8 percent respectively. Rates for use of […]

Keep Halloween fun and safe

Halloween is just around the corner, a time for kids to choose just the right costume for trick-or-treating. While fun and scoring as much candy as possible are the ultimate fright night goals, it’s good to keep child safety in mind. Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control to ensure the safest spooky night possible: S – swords, knives and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible. A — avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. F – Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see your child. […]

Child advocacy center open house will unveil wall art donation

Creations from fiber, textile group child-friendly, help reduce stress from trauma LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2015) – The Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC), which works with child victims of sexual and physical abuse, is hosting an open house tonight, Oct. 27, to unveil wall art pieces created and donated by LAFTA, the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists. The open invitation event, from 6-7:30 p.m., is the culmination of countless volunteer hours by LAFTA members preparing, planning, researching the KCCAC and its mission, and creating the artwork for the walls to help reduce stress and make every child’s visit […]

Courts share duties to protect dating couples

From the Courier-Journal: By Matthew Glowicki After months of back-and-forth between Jefferson District and Family courts over which would take on the additional workload of a new court to protect dating couples from an abusive partner, Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton Jr. stepped in and said district court will take on the new cases — at least for a while. The new protective orders expand coverage to dating couples and those who report being stalked after the law goes into effect Jan. 1. Current Kentucky law limits emergency protective orders to married couples, those who live together or have a child in common, leaving […]

Learn about trauma and brain development

Learn about the impacts of trauma on brain development in children at the third annual Community Shield Violence Prevention Conference. The conference, sponsored by Kosair Charities, the Face It Movement and Metro United Way, is 8 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Crowne Plaza Louisville, 830 Phillips Lane. Dr. Barbara Burns, a development psychologist and professor of Liberal Studies (pre-teaching and child studies) at Santa Clara (Calif.) University, is keynote speaker for this year’s event. Community Shield is committed to reducing the impacts of violence on children and was formerly known as Children Exposed to Violence Collective Impact […]

Give children the tools, toys they need to get better

Nearly every day children visit the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center. There for a forensic interview, medical examination or a visit with a family advocate, therapist or other member of the resident multidisciplinary child protective team stemming from an alleged incident of abuse – physical or sexual. Along with the stress of the alleged incident, the child faces anxiety over telling his or her story – revealing potentially painful details, along with dealing with his or her own feelings – guilt, shame, hurt, anger and others. Family & Children’s Place takes every effort to provide best in class, trauma-informed care […]

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