Mom’s message makes our day!

Mom’s message makes our day!

Every day, staff from the Family & Children’s Place HANDS team meets with new moms and dads to help them be the best parents they can be, and to raise their new babies in the safest, most developmentally beneficial environment possible. Last year, the voluntary in-home visitation and support team helped give more than 580 infants the very best start possible – and the results are nothing short of significant. In all, 98 percent of babies were current on immunizations. In homes served, 95 percent were free of abuse, 96 percent of babies were meeting developmental milestones, and 87 percent […]

April isn’t only time to work to end child abuse

April – Child Abuse Prevention Month – is ending. Time to move on to the next national recognition, such as Cinco de Mayo, or Mother’s Day, or Memorial Day. But let’s be clear: child abuse and neglect doesn’t respect the calendar. April may be the time we aim a light at child abuse, plant pinwheels to honor injured children, and rally people to take personal action through giving or volunteering, but there’s no 30-day timeout or freeze on abuse. Nationally, year-round, five children die daily from abuse and neglect – preventable causes. So it’s up to us – each of […]

Barbara Sexton Smith shares insights, praise with CLASP students

Many thanks to Metro Louisville Council Member Barbara Sexton Smith, who stopped by the Collaborative Learning After School Program (CLASP at Meyzeek Middle School to spend some time with the students. Smith observed students play a word game and spent time chatting about her life. “My mother grew up as a coal miner’s daughter and was orphaned at the age of six which caused her to move to an orphanage. I was the first in my family to graduate from college with a four-year degree.” She spoke of her work in the community and of the need for people to […]

Brown-Forman, Genscape, Net Impact Louisville volunteers give a day, make a difference

During Give a Day Mayor’s Week of Service, April 14-22, individuals, groups and corporations volunteer hundreds of hours to help nonprofits throughout Louisville. Activities can include anything from donation collections, campus beautification projects, giving blood or food, etc. On Friday, April 20, volunteers from Brown-Forman, Genscape, and Net Impact Louisville joined forces to help clean up the Family & Children’s Place campus by weeding, mulching, trash collection, and working with Louisville Grows to plant five new trees around the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center. Family & Children’s Place Ambassadors, young professionals who have committed to a year of volunteer service […]

Students enjoy service with a smile

Students in the Collaborative Learning After School Program (CLASP) at Meyzeek Middle School in downtown Louisville celebrated a day of service at their school Wednesday. Along with the Family & School Services team, the students planted flowers around the youth service center where they walk every day. Students and staff enjoyed the weather, the fellowship, and the service.

Thank you, Champions for Children!

Thanks to everyone who joined us Wednesday, April 11, for our 2018 Champions for Children fundraising breakfast. It was for us – and we hope, you – a morning of discovery, inspiration, and appreciation. Nearly 500 business and community leaders joined staff, friends, and clients for the breakfast at the Mellwood Arts and Entertainment Center. Following some networking and coffee, guests were treated to a short performance by members of the Atherton High School choir. The music was beautiful and a wonderful prelude to the powerful program. Lindsay Allen, anchor for WDRB-TV, who emceed the breakfast for the second year, […]

Family & Children’s Place hosts Champions for Children fundraising breakfast

Family & Children’s Place will host its annual Champions for Children breakfast tomorrow (Wednesday,) April 11, at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville. The event raises critical funds to support the 135-year-old agency’s work preventing, intervening, and healing trauma from child violence, abuse, exploitation, and neglect. Registration and coffee begin at 7:30 a.m., and the one-hour programs kicks off at 8 a.m., at the arts center at 1860 Mellwood Ave. Presenting sponsor is Delta Dental of Kentucky, and other sponsors include Brown-Forman Corp., Kosair Charities, Stockyards Bank, Passport Health Plan, Tri-Arrows Aluminum, Fifth Third Bank, Republic Bank, DMLO CPA, PNC […]

Raise your voice against child abuse

By Pam Darnall President/CEO, Family & Children’s Place Spring is a time for new beginnings, with more daylight, budding flowers … it’s a time of renewal. So, we annually use the extra sunshine to shine some light on an ongoing problem: child abuse, and to renew calls for greater vigilance to keep our most important adult responsibility – protecting children April is Child Abuse Prevention Month – a time to discuss, promote awareness, to pledge and commit action against child abuse, violence, exploitation or neglect. With the growth of the #Metoo, #TimesUp, and #March4OurLives movements, communities are acknowledging and tackling […]

Be a voice for abused kids; wear blue!

Friday, April 6, is Wear Blue Day, a way during Child Abuse Prevention Month to show your commitment to keeping children safe from violence and abuse. We hope you’re wearing something blue, but if not, do something, anything – add a blue post-it note or something to your ensemble. Show unity for abused children! On Friday, April 6, Family & Children’s Place encourages everyone to wear blue to show their commitment to keeping children safe from violence and abuse. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time stand up for kids, so consider inviting your friends, family, co-workers and others […]