Setting reasonable limits on kids’ digital diversions

Setting reasonable limits on kids’ digital diversions

Guest post from the Indiana Youth Institute By Glenn Augustine INDIANAPOLIS—A flurry of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals soon will give way to unwrapped boxes containing smartphones, tablets and laptops—the holiday haul for many teens, tweens and even toddlers. The timing leaves parents only a few short weeks to consider how these digital gadgets will change family dynamics. But a recent study looking at screen time amongst tweens and teens gives parents plenty to consider. Thankfully the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released new tips for parents raising “digital natives.” At the top of the tips list—this is […]

Spirit of Christmas ensures Brighter Holiday for children recovering from abuse

Companies, donors raise the bar for generosity, helping 200 kids, 25 more than targeted LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2015) – Generous donors, including A. Arnold World Class Relocation, Charter Communications, Kindred Healthcare, and Crosley Radio have helped assure that 200 children enduring trauma from violence, abuse and neglect will have the chance for a Merry Christmas. “Response this year to our Brighter Holidays program reflects the real meaning of Christmas – it’s more blessed to give than receive,” said JT Henderson, vice president of Resource Development for Family & Children’s Place, which annually presents the holiday gift-giving program. Originally, 175 […]

Family Stabilization Program plans holiday party for participants  

Families to enjoy games, food, but also to celebrate achieving security, stability LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 14, 2015) – The  Family Stabilization Program of Family & Children’s Place is hosting program participants – children and families – at a holiday party from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18, at St. Vincent de Paul, 1015-C, S. Preston St., Louisville, Ky. 40203. The party is for families – mothers and fathers overcoming homelessness, with the help of intensive casework and support to give their children a safe, stable and secure home. Members of FSP’s Advisory Council, program participants themselves, are putting on […]

Drug drop-off drive through a big success

Saturday’s drive-through drug toss event was a great success, with 41 vehicles dropping off 173 pounds of unused and expired medications. The event, sponsored by the University of Louisville’s Building Resiliency in Campus and Community (BRICC) Coalition, the 7th Street Corridor PAL Coalition, and Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) ensures that the medications won’t lead to accidental poisonings or overdoses at home. The drop-off also helps prevent prescription drug abuse, or improper disposal, such as flushing or pouring down the drain, which can contaminate water systems. More importantly, the safe and secure disposal prevents the drugs being stolen and sold on […]

Etscorn Foundation grants $5,000 to Family & Children’s Place

Funds will provide greater mobility, more flexible support for Family Stabilization Program clients LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2015) – Family & Children’s Place has received a $5,000 grant from the Irvin F. and Alice S. Etscorn Foundation, a trust managed by Hilliard Lyons, Louisville. The grant will be used to purchase laptop computers for the agency’s Family Stabilization Program. “This grant will support Family & Children’s Place efforts to be more mobile, more flexible in working with our growing client caseload,” said Pam Darnall, agency president and CEO. “The laptops will make it possible for our caseworkers to capture and […]

LAFTA lives its art with a giving heart

We owe so many thanks to the Louisville Area Fiber and Textile Artists. The hugely talented group partnered with us to create artwork for the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center, which we debuted recently. The art pieces are stunning, mean so much to staff, and have been so widely welcomed and appreciated by our child and family clients. The art provides beauty and calm during difficult circumstances, and now, rather than be reimbursed for the supplies needed to create the work, the artists have asked the money be given to the agency to purchase art materials for the children. That […]

Student homelessness rate is more than distressing

Important information from the 2015 State of Metropolitan Housing Report: During the 2014-15 school year, data from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Indiana Department of Education show that 7,582 students within the Louisville MSA were considered homeless. This includes 6,483 in Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) or 6.5 percent of all enrolled students, down from 8.3 percent in 2013-14 school year. The total for the MSA includes 518 homeless students in Indiana counties where the percentages of homeless students ranged from 0.8 percent (Harrison County) to 2.7 percent (Scott County) of each county’s total student enrollment. National data […]

Development team on the move

Lots of news from the Family & Children’s Place Resource Development team! Micah Jorrisch, director of corporate and community partnerships, was awarded a Rising Leaders Scholarship to attend the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Senior Leadership Conference, planned for February in Austin, Texas. Additionally, Heather Bruner, director of individual giving, and Mary Beth Kerekes, who manages institutional giving, were voted at-large members of the executive committee for Fund Raising Executives of Metro Louisville. The Alliance conference, tailored to the networking and knowledge development needs of executives, directors, and managers at nonprofit human-serving organization, helps rising leaders achieve excellence and […]

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