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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 […]

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, […]

Ending child abuse begins with hearing, believing

The case against Larry Nassar is closed; the doctor faces life in prison for his countless sexual assaults of young female athletes. Nationally, through the #MeToo movement men, women and children are finding their voice – and ears willing to hear – to discuss publicly their experiences of sexual assault and abuse. The U.S. House and Senate passed legislation requiring amateur athletic organizations to report sexual abuse. We are inspired by, recognize, and celebrate the social change these events are creating, but it is too early for a victory lap. These advances are part of an evolution, a work in […]

Good to see Marsy’s Law progressing

Family & Children’s Place is pleased to see Marsy’s Law – a proposed constitutional amendment to ensure protections for victims of crime – continuing to make headway through the Kentucky General Assembly, and hope for swift approval by the full house so that it can appear on the ballot in November, and to have our President and CEO Pam Darnall among the voices speaking out for victims. Marsy’s Law guarantees that victims have the right to notice of court proceedings, the right to be present at judicial hearings, the right to be heard at pleas and other proceedings and the […]

Let’s celebrate differences, repair divisions on National Day of Racial Healing

Today, Jan. 16, marks an important day in today’s political climate – the National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH). Today’s significance should ring true for our community because the healing from racial turmoil benefits not just minorities but everyone. Started by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in 2017, the National Day of Racial Healing is part of the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) program. It’s a day for our community to celebrate our differences, acknowledge racial disparities, and encourage inclusiveness in these conversations. Taking our first steps toward healing, we can address the divisive and ever-present inequities our country […]

One child murdered is too many; 14 is abominable

Last year in Louisville, 14 children younger than 18 were murdered, their lives spent accidentally or intentionally. That’s a higher number than in any of the past 12 years in a city where since 2006, 87 children have been murdered – 12 of them younger than nine. These are not statistics to be touted or proud of. Instead, they are grim facts that warrant conversation and debate in all communities – faith, professional, human services, law enforcement, the courts and government. There’s no cure-all solution, but there must be greater emphasis and effort on our one true task as adults […]

DCS director resigns over Indiana kids being placed at risk

Indianapolis Star In her letter of resignation, the longtime director of the Indiana Department of Child Services lashed out at the governor’s office, warning that a continuation of its policies will “all but ensure children will die,” IndyStar has learned. Mary Beth Bonaventura, who has worked in child welfare for 36 years, said she could no longer in good conscience stand by and watch Hoosier children “being systematically placed at risk, without the ability to help them.” “I feel I am unable to protect children because of the position taken by your staff to cut funding and services to children in […]

Use care when discussing Las Vegas violence with children

Mental health professionals say children remain the most vulnerable when it comes to media coverage of the Las Vegas massacre. Many children and teens have access to graphic video posted on social media platforms. Mental health professionals warned parents must take control. “The main thing is that when you go to talk to your kids about it. Check your own emotions. Make sure you’re in a moderate place. That you’re calm when you talk with your kids about it. Make sure they know that the world for the most part is a safe place,” said Micki Grimland. Grimland is a […]

Sunday is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

In any given year, there are days that warrant recognition. Christmas, birthdays, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July – all are days we look forward to and typically are excited about celebrating. There are other days we recognize as well but wonder at the need. For example, how sad and horrific it is that there is a World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. That day is Sunday, July 30, and acknowledges that around the world, there are 21 million women, children and men being exploited, forced into labor and sex. That’s equal to the number of people […]