According to the National Center on Family Homelessness, among industrialized nations, there are more homeless women and children in the United States than any other country in the world. In fact, not since the Great Depression have so many families been without homes. Today, homeless families comprise one third of the total homeless population in the United States, and over the course of a year, 1.6 children – the most vulnerable among us – will find themselves homeless, with more than 200,000 children without a home on any single given day. That’s an outrageous statistic that is too quickly ignored. […]
Have we shared how much we love – and are blessed to have – volunteers! Many thanks to the nearly dozen volunteers from GE Appliances, Legal and Quality Control, who gave of their time and energy today, Tuesday, Nov. 10, to improve our Shively office. The team weeded and mulched playgrounds, cut down some trees that were damaging a fence line, sprayed against weeds and sanitized the toys in the Supervised Visitation Center. We can’t thank them enough for their help and support and for keeping our facilities in tip-top shape for the children and families we serve.
More than five million U.S. children have had a parent behind bars, and research connects parental incarceration with poor health and academic outcomes for children, according to a new report from Child Trends. The study found that one in eight poor children has had a parent behind bars. For black children, the statistic is one in nine and for all children, one in 14 has had an incarcerated parent. Parental incarceration has been associated with increased emotional and behavioral difficulties, poor academic performance, and a higher likelihood for experiencing more traumas throughout adolescence, known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). For instance, […]
A new infographic by Zero to Three, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families shows how critically important a program such as HANDS (Health Access Nurturing Development Services) is to raising happy, healthy babies and giving them the best life possible. According to data, today, nearly half of America’s babies live in or near poverty, which has been shown – due to early stress and a lack of positive early experiences – to diminish brain growth and development. This undermines future opportunity in school readiness and academic success, and it threatens America’s global competitiveness. In children in poverty, by […]
Putting your baby to sleep in his or her car seat can be a deadly mistake. It can lead to something called “positional asphyxia,” which happens when an infant cannot breathe due to the position of his or her body. It’s especially problematic in car seats, baby swings, carriers and other situations where babies might fall asleep with their heads down, faces drooping into their chest, which can obstruct and block their airway. In any situation, parents should regularly check their baby’s position to ensure their chin is up, and their nose and mouth free of any type of obstruction […]
Enrica Thomas, director of Kentucky based Child & Family Services for Family & Children’s Place, has received a scholarship to participate in Advanced Trauma Informed Care for Victim Service Providers training Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, at Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa in Lexington. The scholarship, from the Kentucky Victim Assistance Academy at Western Kentucky University, includes the training and all materials, as well as mileage to and from the training site, providing important cost savings for the agency and allowing it to focus its limited resources on what matters most – helping children and families. The advanced […]
Many thanks to Family & Children’s Place board members for a Halloween staff appreciation lunch! Staff from all agency offices – Zane and Kentucky streets and Shively in Louisville, and New Albany and Clark County in Indiana – enjoyed barbecue and all the fix-ins and were joined by board members Mary Eaves, Will Thompson, Greg Hoover and Steve Gutermuth. Some staff also took the opportunity to dress up for Halloween. It was a great celebration for a great team!
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 […]
Sponsors will help bring joy, ensure the kind of holiday every child deserves LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2015) – The holidays are a time of excitement and anticipation – but not for all. For children and families enduring trauma from abuse and neglect, the holidays too often bring additional stress with little joy. Family & Children’s Place is busy doing everything we can to help with coping and recovery from trauma and stress, but we could use your help with the joy. By signing up to support our Brighter Holidays program, you can help on two fronts – ensuring we […]
Award will provide after-school programming for at-risk Meyzeek Middle students LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 4, 2015) – Humana Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place, which will be used to support at-risk Family & School Services (FASS) students attending Meyzeek Middle School. “These students face challenges that most of us cannot imagine – social, emotional, health and family violence issues that impact their chances to succeed in school and life,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place. “This grant allows us to provide critical after-school programs that invest in their physical and mental […]