Children’s Advocacy Day, Thursday at the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort, was a huge draw and huge success, and we at Family & Children’s Place were happy to have been a part of it.
Staff from the Development team – JT Henderson, Leah Walker, Micah Jorrisch, Mary Beth Kerekes and Heather Bruner, along with Liz Ferguson, vice president government relations and planning, and Donna Russow, vice president programs, joined lawmakers, constitutional officers, child advocates and professionals from other nonprofits to raise their voices on behalf of children’s safety, health, education and well-being.
The 12th annual event was held in the Capitol Rotunda, with guests spilling out in the hallways and looking on from the second floor balconies above. Along with a rally, events included Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children policy sessions and a KIDS COUNT reception to celebrate 25 years of the survey of the state of Kentucky’s kids.
A sign in the Capitol during Chldren’s Advocacy Day
Staffers Micah Jorrisch, Donna Russow, Liz Ferguson and Heather Bruner
Staffer Leah Walker, left, and ECHO Executive Director Kendall Nash
Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates, addresses the crowd
Staffer JT Henderson and Christina Howard, child abuse pediatrician, former U of L Fellow, who trained at the Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center
JT Henderson and Brooke Jones, Forensic Pediatric Fellow at U of L
Randy Coe, left, president of Kosair Charities, chats with Kentucky Atty. Gen. Andy Beshear, right
Abraham Lincoln statue in the Rotunda of the Kentucky Capitol