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The Sun Shines Bright on the Rally to End Child Abuse

Family & Children’s Place President and CEO Pam Darnall and other friends and supporters gathered this past Wednesday to call citizens to commit to ending child abuse and neglect, in recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The rally also served to celebrate that for more than 135 years, Family & Children’s Place has led efforts in Louisville and Southern Indiana to prevent and stop child abuse, violence, exploitation, and neglect, and to help children and families fully recover and heal. This year was the first for Family & Children’s Place hosting the rally on their Old Louisville Campus. […]

PAL Coalition collects items for the homeless

Family & Children’s Place PAL Coalition recently partnered with two local organizations to collect items for the homeless. Rev. Stephan Kirby with Ekklesia Christian Life Ministries and Melanie Hunter with Sidewalk Servants visited the PAL Coalition on March 5, 2019, and spoke to the youth about their organizations and the work they’re doing in the community. The PAL Coalition youth were tasked with collecting donated goods – socks, hand sanitizer, feminine hygiene and dental hygiene products, blankets, hats, snacks, etc. – and creating care packages for the homeless populations served by Ekklesia Christian Life Ministries and Sidewalk Servants. “I liked […]

Family & Children’s Place receives $10,000 grant from Delta Dental of Kentucky

Delta Dental of Kentucky has awarded a $10,000 grant to support Family and Children’s Place (FCP). Family and Children’s Place focuses on preventing and stopping trauma in children as well as providing counseling services and other assistance to victims throughout the recovery process. This includes physical and sexual abuse, neglect and maltreatment and human trafficking. The funds will support a variety of the agency’s programs that are provided to more than 23,000 Kentuckians annually. “Over the past three years, we have seen a dramatic increase across the region in the number of families needing our services,” said Pam Darnall, President/CEO […]

Parents Learn Cyber Safety

This past Tuesday, students and families attending Family & Children’s Place Healthy Family Nights had a special guest speaker – Sonja Grey with Exploited Children’s Help Organization (ECHO). Ms. Grey came to speak with the parents about “Cyber Safety 101” while students engaged in physical activity. The conversation was focused on keeping your family safe when using the internet, and included topics on: Netiquette Not trusting people you meet online Warning signs of internet luring Sexting Cyberbullying Doxxing Setting boundaries Parental Control apps Knowing and understanding your child’s apps Net Lingo 101 Parents were happy to receive formal training because they […]

FASS Student Expresses Gratitude

Last week, Family & Children’s Place staff taught students in our Family & School Services program about gratitude. Students learned what “gratitude” means, how to express gratitude, and how it affects our happiness and self-esteem. As part of the lesson, students were asked to write a letter to someone that had impacted them and why they were grateful for the person. One student, who will remain nameless, wrote about the impact Family & Children’s Place has had on them. You can read their message below. “Dear Mr. Bobby and CLASP Family, I just wanted to say thank you for being there […]

Rebekah, A Survivor’s Story

Thankfully, Rebekah hasn’t lived with her mom for several years, but she was at risk of going back. She had been removed once before due to her mom’s drug habit, but what Rebekah didn’t share was during that time she was trafficked as a way to support her mom’s lifestyle. She was living in a group home while working through her past. Rebekah had been so traumatized by abuse and neglect that she began to believe she deserved the treatment because she was “bad”. Rebekah was only 14 when she came to Family & Children’s Place to disclose what happened. […]

Help protect children and families this holiday season

The holidays are again upon us. This week we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving, and soon, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Times for family, friends, food, gifts and celebration for most of us. But for those affected by violence, abuse, neglect, addictions and mental health challenges, the usually cheerful season is a little different. Happiness can be overshadowed by fear, uncertainty, depression and the many consequences of addiction. For too many, an already bad situation spirals into despair. Even for people who have not been exposed to trauma, the holidays can be a stressful time. The reasons are many—time off school exposes children to […]

HANDS Staff and Clients Celebrate Graduation

Family & Children’s Place staff and client families celebrated with 22 of the 33 children graduating from our fall 2018 HANDS client class. HANDS is a core program for Family & Children’s Place that provides new parents free in-home visitation by a skilled mentor who teaches them parenting and behavioral skills, and techniques and activities that stimulate development to give their baby the best start possible in life. The graduation was held at Our Lady of Sorrows on Eastern Parkway with nearly 90 family members in attendance. Fifth Third Insurance/Epic Insurance Solutions sponsored the hour-long ceremony and celebration. Each graduate […]

Kentucky Native Hikes the Appalachian Trail to Benefit Children’s Advocacy Centers

A young Kentucky native recently hiked the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail and is now trekking across Kentucky, visiting all fifteen Children’s Advocacy Centers. Amanda Bess, a Louisville native, recently completed the long journey, from Georgia to Maine, as part of her Hike 4 Hope fundraising campaign. She began her excursion as a way to raise money for two organizations close to her heart – Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers and A Kid Again. Kentucky Association of Children’s Advocacy Centers (KACAC) is a state-wide membership association for Children’s Advocacy Centers in Kentucky. Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) are focused […]

Family & Children’s Place named Pyramid Collaboration Award winner

Child abuse prevention, care agency shares honor with Volunteers of America Mid-States LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2018) – Family & Children’s Place is pleased to announce that it is a winner of the 2018 Pyramid Award for Collaboration, along with Volunteers of America Mid-States. The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, which annually awards the honor announced the award Thursday. “We could not be more proud of this award, or of the wonderful collaboration with Volunteers of America that led to this recognition,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place, a child abuse prevention and treatment agency. “Through […]