Family & Children’s Place rally to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month

Family & Children’s Place rally to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month

Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin to join Family & Children’s Place rally for children LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Family & Children’s Place invites business and community leaders, human service organizations, faith leaders, and others to join Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin, Kentucky state Sen. Julie Raque Adams, agency leaders and others at the 2018 Rally to End Child Abuse. The rally, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, on the lawn of the Big Four Bridge in downtown Louisville, is an annual event for Family & Children’s Place, which leads efforts to prevent, end, and heal trauma from child abuse in Louisville […]

A young boy in peril – ‘the streets got me’

“He’s a smart student.” “He’s a thug.” “He’s incredibly empathetic and respectful.” “He just runs the streets.” These are all descriptions you will hear adults and peers say about a sixth-grade boy enrolled in the Collaborative Learning After School Program (CLASP), a Family & Children’s Place out of school program at Meyzeek Middle School in downtown Louisville. Let’s call him Derek. Last year, school officials caught Derek with a BB gun at school. While it was a BB gun – still a serious violation of rules and unacceptable – it didn’t take long for rumors to take control of the […]

Mom appreciates HANDS support

One Family & Children’s Place HANDS staffer has been working with a family for about a year, with a baby that suffered significant developmental setbacks due to premature birth, seizures, fluid on the brain, and recently underwent brain surgery where a shunt was implanted. She referred the family to First Steps, which the family has used weekly. Additionally, the Parent Visitor and therapist have collaborated to come up with different ideas to help Mom get the best support possible. Through the Growing Your Support Network module, Mom looked at supports that would be of benefit to her and her family. […]

How about using your tax refund to make a difference?

Expecting a tax refund this year? Obviously, there are many ways you could spend it – a new cellphone or tech piece, a vacation, even a new car. Or you could invest it. Certainly in a savings account, IRA, or something, but how about investing it in something with an even bigger payout? Children. Specifically, children whose futures have been thrown into uncertainty, chaos, and conflict by violence, abuse, exploitation, or neglect. Investing in their future – with a gift to Family & Children’s Place – seems the perfect use for all or part of your tax refund. By donating […]

Beshear: Kentucky families lost $6 million to scams last year

Six steps can help Kentuckians avoid fraud, identity theft   Attorney General Andy Beshear is urging Kentuckians to take six steps to avoid falling victim to scammers and identity thieves who pocketed $6 million from Kentucky families last year. In a new report from the Federal Trade Commission, Kentuckians made more than 22,000 fraud reports and 3,000 reports of identity theft last year. The categories with the most reports were debt collection, impostor scams and identity theft. Beshear said his office recommends Kentuckians take time during National Consumer Protection Week, March 4–10, 2018, to complete a few simple steps that can […]

After fight, young men find peace through PAL conflict mediation

The only fight that has ever occurred at the PAL Coalition happened during a recent week.  Two young men, who both have had trouble controlling their anger, were playing basketball when a lay-up turned into a scuffle.  Before staff was able to separate them, both had thrown and landed punches, a kick or two, and exchanged some unkind words. After some time to calm down, the two agreed to keep their hands to themselves and participate in the PAL Center’s conflict mediation process.  Basic steps include each party sharing their understanding of what happened, with the other repeating back what […]

Students focus on issues surrounding Black History Month

For Black History Month, the Family & Children’s Place out of school programs – at Meyzeek Middle in Louisville and Hazelwood Middle in New Albany, Ind., explored African-American history, the importance of Black History month, and Racism. At Hazelwood, students began the month’s lessons learning about Carter G. Woodson, the founder of Negro History Week, which later expanded and in 1976 decreed Black History Month by President Gerald R. Ford. Students also participated in Black History Month trivia throughout February. Each week, staff led discussions on issues of inequality, racism, and justice. Students began to think more deeply during each […]

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