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CLASP youth, staff look forward to Life Adventure Center experience

Next week, 14 youth who participate in the Collaborative Learning After School Program of Family & Children’s Place will spend four days and three nights taking part in a Life Adventure Center camp experience near Versailles. Three staff – Jo Cruz, Bobby Cortes and Jasmine Johnson, of the Family & School Services program – will join the youth from Meyzeek Middle School. The Life Adventure Center is covering expenses for the students’ and staff experience. “This is an incredible opportunity for these students,” said Cruz, director of the Family & Children’s Place program. “Meyzeek is a magnet school that draws […]

F&CP to help more children, families with YMCA partnership

Family & Children’s Place has a great opportunity to co-locate some of our therapists at a new West Louisville YMCA, which is scheduled to begin construction later this year.  The new 62,000 square foot building will be built at the corner of Broadway and 18th streets. For many years, Family & Children’s Place leased space near 31st and Broadway in West Louisville, but in 2013 the lease ended and West Office staff relocated to the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center. Because we wanted to continue our presence in West Louisville, we began conversations with the YMCA about the new facility and possible co-location opportunities. […]

National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Strengthening families and protecting children

By Jasmine Hayes Deputy Director, United States Interagency Council on Homeless April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, an opportunity to acknowledge and raise awareness of the important roles we all play—families, communities, service providers, researchers, policy makers and others—to prevent child abuse and neglect and to promote the overall social, physical, and emotional well-being of children and their families. This year’s theme, Building Community, Building Hope, highlights the critical role that strong and nurturing communities play in the lives of families—in all their diverse configurations—and reinforces a multidisciplinary approach to prevention that engages the fields of research, policy, and practice to […]

Be a voice for abused kids; wear blue!

Tomorrow 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 7, 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 to stand up for kids, so consider inviting your friends, family, co-workers and others to join […]

For child abuse, look beyond statistics to the stories

By Pam Darnall Typically, the story of child abuse is revealed through statistics, National, and then local. For example, Nearly 700,000 children are abused in the U.S annually. Children in the first year of life are most vulnerable to maltreatment. About four out of five times, parents are responsible for the abuse of their very own children. In Kentucky, the number of substantiated child abuse and neglect findings increased 55 percent in four years, from 9,934 cases in 2012 to 15,378 cases in 2016. In those years, at least 334 children died – 21 last year alone – or nearly […]

F&CP’s Pam Darnall taking part in Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

Pam Darnall, Family & Children’s Place president and CEO, will be participating, along with 39 other community, nonprofit and business leading women, in Bizwomen Mentoring Monday, sponsored by Louisville Business First. It’s the second year Darnall has been invited to the fast-paced mentoring and networking event, which takes place from 8-9:45 a.m., Monday, April 4, at The Olmstead, 3701 Frankfort Ave., in Louisville. Similar events are scheduled in 43 Business Journal markets on the same day, meaning that at least 200+ women will be coached in every market or 10K women across America, from Alaska to Hawaii. Each mentor conversation […]

Infant mortality rate drops 15 percent

Collaborative efforts to reduce rate showing promise As the leader of a multi-year, national initiative to reduce infant mortality rates and disparities across populations, The National Institute for Children’s Health Quality  (NICHQ) is heartened by the announcement March 21 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that U.S. infant mortality rates have decreased 15 percent from 2005 to 2014. The report also shows the U.S. infant mortality rate reached new lows for almost all populations. “These trends are encouraging and are a testament to the hard work of all the states and national partners who have worked together […]

Leave no loophole in child abuse reporting laws

Under Kentucky Revised Statutes,  “any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is dependent, neglected, or abused shall immediately cause an oral or written report to be made to a local law enforcement agency or the Department of Kentucky State Police; the cabinet or its designated representative; the Commonwealth’s attorney or the county attorney; by telephone or otherwise.” That means that under Kentucky law, if you see or suspect neglect or abuse, you must report it. Without exception. And that’s the way we believe the law should be applied – without exception. No person, no […]

Study: 41 percent of homeless youth in Louisville area are sex-trafficking victims

By JOE SONKA | March 1, 2017 4:38 pm Insider Louisville A University of Louisville study shows that nearly 41 percent of homeless youth surveyed in the Louisville area reported they have been the victim of sex trafficking, typically coerced into performing a sexual act in return for money or lodging. The findings were announced at a press conference Wednesday by lead author Dr. Jennifer Middleton, assistant professor at UofL’s Kent School of Social Work and co-director of the UofL Human Trafficking Research Initiative. Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear also spoke at the event, declaring that the study would help his office’s […]

Kentucky Attorney General Beshear creates Survivors Council

From the Courier-Journal Survivors of sexual assault are often asked to tell their stories. Asking for their advice is more unusual. That’s why Clorissa Novak, a 28-year-old from Louisville, decided to take part in a new initiative Attorney General Andy Beshear has launched that invites the victims of serious crimes to weigh in on important issues. Beshear just formed a “Survivors Council” – comprised of people like Novak who have survived sexual assault as well as people who have lost loved ones to violence – to advise his office on how to better support crime victims in Kentucky. “I thought it was […]