Grant will support comprehensive medical exams for child victims of physical, sexual abuse
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 4, 2016) – Family & Children’s Place has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Charles & Ruth Seligman Family Foundation, to help provide comprehensive medical exams for child victims of sexual and physical abuse at its Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC).
The foundation, established in 2001, helps support educational, health-related and quality of life projects that encourage and enable the less fortunate in the Greater Louisville area.
“We are so delighted to have the chance to partner with the Seligman Family Foundation,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place, “and thankful for the funds, which will help us provide best in class care for children who have been hurt by physical or sexual abuse.
The KCCAC provides compassionate, coordinated intervention and investigation of child sexual abuse in 11 Kentucky counties, serving more than 1,300 children over the last year. The medical examination is a critical piece of providing the child and family complete and trauma-informed care, which also includes a forensic interview, a mental health assessment and therapy to help heal the trauma.
Referrals to the KCCAC come from Child Protective Services, federal and local law enforcement on the day the abuse is reported, and pediatric physicians from the University of Louisville Department of Forensic Medicine provide the free medical exams.
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Family & Children’s Place works to protect Kentuckiana children, families and communities from abuse, neglect and exploitation and, through research-based, trauma-informed services, help them heal. The organization has supported families for more than 127 years and today serves approximately 5,000 children and families annually. For more information about Family and Children’s Place, visit www.famchildplace.org or call 502-893-3900.