Building Brighter Futures event is agency’s first in Southern Indiana
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (March 16, 2015) – The first Family & Children’s Place Southern Indiana Building Brighter Futures breakfast will be held in New Albany Thursday, March 19, 2015. The agency, which protects and heals children and families, has held an annual breakfast for many years in Louisville, but this is its first in Indiana.
The breakfast begins at 8 a.m. at The Grand, 138 Market St. – registration begins at 7:30 a.m. – and is sponsored by the Strothman+Co CPA firm.
“We’ve worked with children and families in Southern Indiana for more than 30 years,” said Pam Darnall, Family & Children’s Place president and CEO. “Our New Albany office has given child victims of violence, abuse and neglect and their families a place to go to work through and heal from the trauma they have endured.”
The agency is also putting the final touches on a second Indiana office, in Jeffersonville, that will offer trauma-informed, community based counseling and therapy.
“We’re very excited about the expansion, which will allow us to help even more children and families,” said Darnall.
During the hot breakfast, attendees will hear about the agency’s work and progress made in the last year. Keynote this year is Gary Thompson, a member of the F&CP board, president and CEO of Imperium Health Management, and a survivor of abuse as a child.
Darnall will also present a partnership Gold Medal to John Kaiser, Region 18 manager for the Indiana Department of Child Services.
“John and his team are on the front lines every day protecting children and helping families,” said Darnall. “They are a big part of the reason for our success.”
The event is a couple of weeks before the agency kicks off April, Child Abuse Prevention Month, with a Rally to End Child Abuse on the Kentucky ramp to the Big Four Bridge. The 11 a.m. event April 1, is in partnership with Kosair Charities’ Face It Movement and Kentucky Youth Advocates. Following the rally, participants will walk from Kentucky to Indiana and back, and Indiana residents are invited to walk to Kentucky and back to show support for child victims of violence and abuse.
During April, F&CP also is holding its Louisville Building Brighter Futures breakfast, April 16, at The Seelbach, a 5k run/walk April 18, at Louisville’s Seneca Park Loop, and is registering runners participating in the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon and Marathon to “Run for Families,” to help raise funds for work with children and families.
“Family & Children’s Place could not change lives without the help and support of people in Southern Indiana,” said Darnall. “It takes a community to raise a child, and the same is needed to ensure their safety and happiness.”
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Family & Children’s Place works to protect Kentuckiana children, families and communities from abuse, neglect and exploitation, and help move them from hurting to healing. The agency serves approximately 6,000 children and family members annually through trauma-informed and impact-evident services. For more information about Family and Children’s Place, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.famchildplace.org or call 502-893-3900.