Rain doesn’t dampen commitment at Rally to End Child Abuse

Rain doesn’t dampen commitment at Rally to End Child Abuse

The rain didn’t relent, but it did nothing to deter the determined who participated in this year’s Rally to End Child Abuse! Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin joined Family & Children’s Place President and CEO Pam Darnall and other friends and supporters to call people to commit to helping end child abuse and neglect, and to kick off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Kosair Charities and the Face It Movement co-sponsored the annual rally, which precedes by about two weeks the agency’s Champions for Children fundraising breakfast at the Mellwood Arts Center. Joining Darnell to speak were state Sen. […]

Congratulations, Chris Hogan, and thanks for partnership

Family & Children’s Place was delighted Thursday to be part of celebrations at the Capitol teeing up April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, and honoring individuals like Chris Hogan, a Cabinet for Health and Family Services social worker, who have partnered with child advocacy centers such as ours to make a difference in the lives of children injured by abuse in their community. President and CEO Pam Darnall and Vice President of Government Relations and Planning Liz Ferguson represented the agency in Frankfort. They participated in a pinwheel planting on the Capitol lawn, sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky and […]

CLASP students enjoy dinner and a show

Sunday best and selfies highlight an afternoon of fun and friendship On a recent Sunday, CLASP (Collaborative Learning After School Program) staff Bobby Cortes and Ashley Friedrich, along with Artrice Temple, youth service center coordinator at Meyzeek Middle School, joined 28 students out for a night on the town! The students arrived in their “Sunday Best,” ready for a night to remember. After countless pictures and exchanged compliments of how “fresh” they looked, students and staff boarded a bus and took off for 4th Street Live! Photo shoots continued while they waited for tables at TGI Friday’s. After filling their […]

Alinoti finds his confidence, voice

Congolese teen determined to share his own story to help others This is a story about a student at Iroquois High School. The teen is from the Congo, where he grew up in a refugee compound.  His father was a schoolteacher, there, but the compound closed due to worsening living conditions and war. He and his family transferred to another camp before coming to America – Louisville – in September 2015. He is one of eight brothers and sisters. The oldest is 22 and the youngest is his 6-month-old baby brother.  Alinoti is 19 and will graduate high school in […]

Congratulations, Jack McQuade, on Business First honor

Congratulations to Jack McQuade, Family & Children’s Place vice president of Finance, for his selection as a Business First Best in Finance award winner. The recognition evolved from the periodical’s CFO of the Year awards to recognize outstanding professionals working in a finance position at a Louisville-area company or nonprofit organization. Jack has been at Family & Children’s Place since 2001, contributing not only in his finance role, but also as a member of the senior team where he brings not only his business and finance sense to the conversation, but critical thinking skills to make the agency more effective, […]

March 19-23 is National Youth Violence Prevention Week

This week – March 19-23 – is National Youth Violence Prevention Week, a weeklong opportunity to raise awareness and educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public about youth violence and what each of us can do to help prevent or reduce it. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “homicide is the third leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24 years old.” Furthermore, in a 2015 nationally representative sample of youth in grades 9-12, nearly a quarter of students reported being in a physical fight in the 12 […]

Basketball challenge

Robbie Fenwick, interim director of Family & School Services, stopped by CLASP (Collaborative Learning After School Program) at Meyzeek Middle and got invited into a scratch basketball game. He put on a good show, and though he lost, everyone had a great time.

CLASP students join gun violence walkout

On Wednesday, exactly one month after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland thousands of students across the U.S. – including CLASP students from Meyzeek Middle School showed their support for gun control by walking out of school. The Collaborative Learning After School Program students joined the walkout, led by the Justice League, a social justice program that many CLASP students belong to. Students gave speeches they had worked on for weeks in preparation for the event and even met with the principal to discuss the importance of the recognition. The walkout included 17 seconds of silence […]

Loving environment, therapy give Haley hope

The Indiana Department for Child Services referred Haley to Family & Children’s Place after she suffered great abuse, neglect, and trauma in her mother’s home. She was in the custody of her paternal grandmother. Haley had missed so many days of school that she was repeating the first grade for the third time! Thanks to the consistent, safe, and loving home her grandmother provided, the tutoring and support she received in school and her hard work in therapy, she excelled in class and became involved in several after-school activities. Haley’s grandmother obtained permanent custody of Haley and DCS closed the […]

Helping make recovery ‘bearable’

Jessica Luetzow, director of Foundation Relations for Family & Children’s Place, sits with Diane and Duwayne Baum, friends from Middletown Christian Church. After attending last year’s Champions for Children Breakfast and learning the ordeals children endure at the agency’s child advocacy centers, the couple decided to donate reconditioned Build-A-Bears for the kids. This is the third bunch of animals Diane has donated, making it almost two dozen animals, including bunnies, horses, and bears to give children in crisis some comfort. Diane and Duwayne say they will continue to recondition stuffed animals, and expect to provide another bunch of furry friends […]

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