Plan to attend trauma forum

Budget adds public defenders, social workers

By Deborah Yetter Courier-Journal Kentucky’s public defenders would get long-sought relief from crushing caseloads and state social workers could see a pay increase aimed at reducing worker burnout and high turnover under the budget proposal unveiled by Gov. Matt Bevin on Tuesday. The plights of both agencies have been detailed in recent months in Courier-Journal stories about what officials said were intolerable caseloads of public defenders and near-crisis conditions among state social workers with rising caseloads and shrinking staffs. Also, Kentucky’s 15 regional Child Advocacy Centers, which get only a portion of their operating costs from the state, would get an increase of $1.5 million for their work serving child abuse […]

Gov. Bevin’s budget aims to make Kentucky better at caring for its kids

As the Kentucky House and Senate take up Gov. Bevin’s budget proposal, we urge lawmakers to leave intact two proposals – to add $4.8 million in funding over the next two years to increase starting salaries of state social workers and a $1.5 million increase over the same time period for the state’s Child Advocacy Centers. Providing more competitive and higher salaries for social workers – who investigate allegations of child abuse and neglect and manage foster care and adoptions – should help reduce high turnover and chronic staff shortages, and may help reduce burdensome caseloads carried by existing staff. […]

Lots of activities, progress at child advocacy centers

There’s a lot of good and important news coming out of our Child Advocacy Centers in Kentucky and Indiana we’d like to share. With installation of the iRecord digital video recording and management system complete, our new office in Jeffersonville, Ind., is now ready to begin providing forensic interviews. These are structure conversations with children to learn information about a possible event(s) the child may have experienced or witnessed (sexual or physical abuse, for example). These conversations are helpful in the investigation and prosecution of child sexual abuse and help our family advocates and therapists tailor a course of care […]

Shirley thrives for, achieves success

Shirley has been a Shelter Plus Care recipient since 2014.  A former client of Wayside Christian Mission, she has a history of substance abuse but has worked hard to stay clean and get her life back in order. She has held a steady job in New Albany, Ind., for a couple of years, and her daily routine requires her to catch two buses to get to work and two buses to return from work, so she must rise at 5 a.m. to get to work on time by 8 a.m. Shirley is a model client and very compliant with the […]

Happy to be a part of Healthy Babies Louisville effort

Healthy and happy children and families are at the very heart of everything we do at Family & Children’s Place, and much of it begins with ensuring babies are healthy at birth and during the first few years of their lives, so we are delighted to be part of a new coalition – Healthy Babies Louisville – working to improve infant health. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer announced the coalition Tuesday during a presser at Norton & Women’s Kosair Children’s Hospital, and listed the group’s goals: Lower infant mortality rates Reduce the gap in infant mortality between black and white babies […]

New federal data shows nearly 3 percent rise in child abuse

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to new federal data. According to the report released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services, the estimated number of victimized children in the 2014 fiscal year was 702,208 — up from 682,307 in 2013. The report estimated fatalities attributable to child abuse and neglect at 1,580 — up from 1,530 in 2013. HHS said Rafael Lopez, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, had sought input from […]

LaTarsha ready for the challenges of self-sufficiency

LaTarsha entered the Family Stabilization Program in 2010. She is a single mom with six children; five of whom live with her and she shares custody of the other. Her oldest son is a disabled adult and requires round the clock supervision. A daughter just turned 18, will graduate in this spring and is preparing to move out of her mother’s home. LaTarsha is extremely self-reliant and an excellent self-advocate, and staff anticipates she will graduate this year. The biggest contributor to the family achieving self-sufficiency was LaTarsha being hired by Personal Best under a waiver through Medicaid that pays […]

Business First honors Family & Children’s Place CEO

Louisville Business First has named Pam Darnall, Family & Children’s Place president and CEO, as one of four recognized as Enterprising Women in its latest Business Women First program. “These Enterprising Women awards — Achievement, Influence, Making a Difference and Woman to Watch — honor women in a variety of industries and stages in their careers,” Business First’s Bethany Daly writes. “But what they have in common is wisdom and inspiration to share.” Darnall was named Enterprising Woman Making a Difference. Other awardees are Phoebe Wood, CompaniesWood Properties LLC, Enterprising Woman of Achievement; Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Urban League, Enterprising Woman […]

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