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Introducing the Ambassador Class of 2021

Please join us in welcoming the newest class of Family & Children’s Place Ambassadors! These talented young professionals represent a range of fields, including marketing, law, healthcare, human resources, and supply chain management. They’re passionate child advocates who will raise support for our mission over the coming year. Let’s take a moment to get to know them, and then share this opportunity with an ambitious young professional you’d like to see apply! Applications open June 1, 2021 for the next class of Family & Children’s Place Ambassadors. Liz Alpiger-Morris, Humana “I have two young daughters of my own, and ever […]

Jaylen’s story

Jaylen* was just seven years old when he witnessed an argument between his parents that escalated into physical violence. They came to Family & Children’s Place in search of healing. Jaylen began meeting with “Miss Lauren” Ganote, one of our highly-trained trauma therapists. While he was always very engaged in counseling sessions, Jaylen struggled to express any negative emotions – especially the sadness, anger, and fear he felt about his parents’ violent argument. But when his family began meeting with Miss Lauren by video during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jaylen opened up like never before. Jaylen’s mom was able to participate […]

Continuing the conversation about race

Family & Children’s Place proudly values and embraces diversity and inclusion: in the manner we operate our business while serving the community, in our board of directors and staff, in our clients, and in how we go about preventing, stopping, and healing child abuse and neglect. It’s precisely this value on diversity and inclusion that compels us to speak up and actively engage in conversations about racial equity and justice. As we provide services to children and families, we witness firsthand the lasting effects of individual trauma. But we’re also keenly aware of the realities and effects of collective trauma when it […]

Clare’s story

Clare* is 7 years old. Not long after the COVID-19 pandemic began, Clare’s world was turned upside down. Authorities had begun investigating a family member on suspicion of possessing child sex images and sexually abusing Clare. Clare and her sisters were brought to Family & Children’s Place to be seen by the caring, compassionate, and highly-trained staff at our child advocacy centers. Our team conducted forensic interviews for use by law enforcement, connected Clare’s mom with legal and therapeutic resources, and ensured Clare, her sisters, and her mom would be safe while the investigation continued. As they drove away from […]

Give the gift of hope & healing

Sean and Ben, brothers ages 10 and 11, were removed from their mother’s home due to severe neglect. It was soon learned their uncle, who had been babysitting them, had sexually abused them. Put into a foster home together, the boys started to exhibit negative behaviors such as extreme outbursts, bathroom issues, and stealing. The transition was very hard on Sean and Ben. After receiving medical exams and forensic interviews at Family & Children’s Place, the boys were assigned to recovery therapy. Despite the boys living in an abusive home, they had parents who they missed very much. They had […]

Nicole’s story

Today, Nicole’s outlook is profoundly different. It sounds so simple, but to new mothers like Nicole, stability, safety, and support is everything! “Growing up was hard. I was sexually abused at 3 years old and my mom was a drug addict. Now I’m 26 years old, pregnant, homeless, and scared. I have trust issues and I’m leery of new people who say, “I want to help.” But I had to do something for the sake of my unborn baby. “Through a referral, I decided to seek help from Family & Children’s Place. Their HANDS worker visited me while I was […]

Long time volunteer and Ambassador shadows HANDS family

Recently, one of our Ambassadors, Shannon Siders, participated in a shadowing opportunity with our HANDS program. Shannon has been a regular volunteer since she joined the organization in 2014 as part of the inaugural Ambassador class. We’re so excited that she decided to rejoin the Ambassador program. When I moved back to Louisville in 2014, one of my priorities was to volunteer for an organization that was making a difference in the community. I was connected to Family & Children’s Place within that first year and was thrilled to become a member of their inaugural group of Ambassadors.   I’ve […]

HANDS families celebrate success at graduation

Earlier this month, Family & Children’s Place staff and client families celebrated with 20 children graduating from our fall 2019 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. HANDS provides support from pregnancy through the early years of a child’s life. HANDS help make a home safer for your baby, teaching parents about healthy milestones and how to reach them, […]

Family & Children’s Place Welcomes New Ambassador Class

LOUISVILLE, KY (July 16, 2019) –  Family & Children’s Place, Louisville’s leading child abuse prevention and treatment provider, is pleased to welcome seven young business and community leaders, the agency’s fifth class of Ambassadors. Members of the 2019-2020 Ambassador Class include: Lauren Bisig, Ambassador Chair, Northwestern Mutual Alex Brey, Oxford Rhine Real Estate Liz Morris, Humana Ashley Rice, OrangeTheory Fitness Janet Schmitt, FireKing Security Group Shannon Siders, Kwantek Reed Welker, Maxim Healthcare Services “The Family & Children’s Place Ambassador program began as a way to develop meaningful relationships with young professionals looking to improve their community,” shared Holly Neeld, director […]

Eric, A Story of Recovery

Eric was a father of three beautiful children, all under the age of 10 and had been married nearly 12 years. Eric had a history of mental health concerns and his relationship with his wife was rocky, with threats of divorce looming. One night, while home alone with the kids, he decided to take his own life. Thankfully, Eric was unsuccessful but the children saw everything. The scene was extremely graphic and left the kids in a state of fear. Why would daddy do this? Did WE do something wrong? The children came to Family & Children’s Place shortly afterward […]