Parents, do your homework to ensure out of school kids are safe

Parents, do your homework to ensure out of school kids are safe

With schools out for the year, parents and others have their own homework to do to keep their – and all – children safe from abuse and neglect. That’s because child abuse – physical, sexual, and emotional, is typically higher in summer than the rest of the year. The reasons are numerous but all boil down to the singular fact that children are not in school where there are protections, at least somewhat, for most of the day. So it’s time for all of us to be more vigilant, to be on the lookout for signs and symptoms of abuse. […]

PAL students show ‘My Normal’ in PhotoVoice project

Students participating in the PAL Coalition last week hosted an evening of advocacy and empowerment with, “My Normal: Do You See What I See,” at Lynnhurst United Church of Christ in south central Louisville. PAL works with communities, nonprofits and federal, state and local governments to reduce substance abuse by young people living in the 7th Street corridor – Park Hill, Algonquin and Old Louisville – of Central Louisville. Attendees heard from students, who used photos they took in their own neighborhoods to illustrate issues they confront daily. The PhotoVoice project was in partnership with Darryl Turpin, a co-principal of […]

Change the names, the crimes remain the same

To understand the globality of child abuse, consider the editorial that follows. It appeared Wednesday, May 17, in the York, Pa., Dispatch. Change the names and specific statistics and it could have appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal, or the Lexington Herald-Leader. If that doesn’t trouble or frighten you, it should. It shows that we are failing our children; that we simply aren’t doing enough to protect them, to prevent and stop abuse. It takes courage, commitment , nd will. It takes engagement, people to step outside the busyness of their own lives and existences to see, to notice the signs […]

Students use PhotoVoice to illustrate issues

Images, conditions of neighborhoods  become tools in advocacy to action event LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 16, 2017) – Students participating in the PAL Coalition are sponsoring an evening of advocacy and empowerment with “My Normal: Do You See What I See,” 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 19, at Lynnhurst United Church of Christ, 4401 Taylor Blvd., in south central Louisville. For the PhotoVoice project, in partnership with Darryl Turpin, a co-principal of The Pinwheel Group, which works with young black males involved in the criminal justice system, students explored the five blocks surrounding their homes, photographing things they consider issues. For example, […]

It’s National Mental Health Awareness Month

Good mental health enables us to learn, to feel, to express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions, and to form and maintain good relationships. Clearly, it’s important at every stage of life. However, good mental health is especially important during early childhood, because it’s an essential foundation for early learning and development. Therefore, preventing mental health challenges among children and their caregivers is essential to promoting not only children’s social-emotional well-being but also their school readiness. NCCP has long been a leader in promoting children’s mental health, beginning with the pioneering work of Jane Knitzer, the center’s […]

May 21: Free dental care day for uninsured Louisville children

Oral health and hygiene are especially important for children, so on Sunday, May 21, Kool Smiles dentists and staff in Louisville will host Sharing Smiles Day, a free dental care day exclusively for children! During the event, Kool Smiles dentists will provide free dental exams, limited emergency care, extractions,  and restorative care to children in need.  Treatments are on a first-come, first-served basis and advance online registration is strongly encouraged. To register or for more information, visit During last year’s Sharing Smiles Day, Kool Smiles dentists and staff helped more than 500 children in need receive free dental care.  […]

May is Mental Health Awareness Month – spread the word

Today, May 4, is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, part of May’s Mental Health Awareness Month recognition, an opportunity to remind everyone that mental health is real, and something we all should care and learn more about. In all, 10 million Americans suffer from a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.  Unfortunately, approximately 60 percent of adults and 50 percent of adolescents with mental illness do not get the treatment or other services they need.  As a result, instead of receiving ongoing expert psychiatric care, these individuals often find themselves in emergency rooms, prisons, […]

Finance team treats agency to Derby Party

Days ahead of the Kentucky Derby, the Finance Department for Family & Children’s Place hosted a Derby party for staff that included food, fun, and games. Munchies included a taco and nacho bar, and there were many dessert choices, including Derby-themed cookies and cupcakes, a margarita cake, Derby pie and more.  Staff shared their bets for the big race and grabbed some props and costumes for some dress-up fun. Many thanks to the Finance team for putting on and hosting such a fun event!

Thank you, 2017 pinwheel sponsors

We offer a special shout out to sponsors of pinwheels during our 2017 Keep the Pinwheels Spinning campaign. Since 2008, the blue and white pinwheel has been the national symbol of child abuse prevention, so we invited individuals, agencies, companies, churches, schools, and others to sponsor pinwheels for just $5 apiece. Sponsors could do a simple sponsorship or use the sponsorship as a tribute to an individual, group, or ideal, and in all, hundreds responded. For 2017, people sponsored more than 900 pinwheels giving nearly $4,700, gifts that will be used to give hope and recovery to children and families […]

Meet Ambassador Celia Bourgetel

This is one in a series of question and answer sessions with Family & Children’s Place Ambassadors, young business and community leaders helping build support for and awareness of the agency and its work. Question: Why did you get involved as an Ambassador with Family & Children’s Place? Answer: I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded with great mentors that helped me through my personal as well as professional development. I see the Ambassador program as an opportunity to give back and make a positive impact in the community and people’s lives. Q: What’s your day job? A: I am […]

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