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Kentucky Bar Foundation awards $5,000 to Family & Children’s Place

Grant will support  Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center and language translation services

The Kentucky Bar Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to Family & Children’s Place to support services provided by the agency’s Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC) and to help provide ongoing language translation services to children and families utilizing the agency’s programs and services.

“This generous award will enable us to continue to give children and families the very best chance to be healthy, happy and safe, despite their painful pasts,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place.

The KCCAC is the area’s only accredited center that provides comprehensive medical and mental health assessment and care, forensic interviewing, and coordinated intervention and investigation of child sexual abuse.

The national model facility houses on one site police, doctors, prosecutors, Child Protective Services, forensic interviewers and counselors to support investigation and prosecution, as well as comprehensive treatment for child abuse, preventing future abuse and helping child victims of abuse and their families heal.

“Language barriers can negatively impact someone’s ability to achieve equality, get fair representation under the law, and access critical community resources available to them,” said John Swetnam, vice president of Programs for Family & Children’s Place.

With the agency helping families whose principal languages include Spanish, Swahili, Somali, Nepali, and others, “it’s necessary for us to provide the best, most complete care possible that we be able to provide translation services for our child and family clients.”

The Kentucky Bar Foundation presented the grant June 14, at its Fellows and Partners for Justice Society Luncheon in Lexington.

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