Stress can increase child abuse and neglect during holidays; here are tips, reminders of responsibility

Stress can increase during the holidays, even in the most loving of families. And that can put some children at risk for abuse or neglect. With children home from school, holiday travel and seasonal shopping and associated expenses, parents can get frazzled more easily than usual. What is typically a fun and joyful time for children can become devastating when parents or caregivers cope with stress...

Attorney General’s Office announces $80,000 in grants for Child Victims’ Trust Fund

State Attorney General Andy Beshear, in partnership with the Child Victims’ Trust Fund, announced nearly $80,000 in grants to cover costs associated with more than 1,000 child sexual abuse forensic exams. Beshear said the funding will be utilized throughout the upcoming fiscal year and shared among the state’s 15 Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve children in every county in Kentucky. More...

Child Abuse Prevention Month: How to protect Kentucky’s children from abuse and neglect

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month; a time set aside to recognize our collective responsibility to prevent and confront all forms of child abuse and neglect across the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, according to the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services, the number of substantiated findings of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky rose 55 percent over a four-year period. The blue...

Beshear, Child Victims Trust Fund Board announce availability of grants — deadline is April 10

Attorney General Andy Beshear and the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board announced the availability of grant funding for child sexual abuse prevention programs across the state. The board, which is administered by the Office of the Attorney General, is responsible for allocating funding from the Child Victims’ Trust Fund. It is statutorily created under Kentucky law as a 170(c)(1)...

Increased stress levels during the holidays can put some children at risk for abuse, neglect

Stress can increase during the holidays, even in the most loving of families. And that can put some children at risk for abuse or neglect. With children home from school, holiday travel and seasonal shopping and associated expenses, parents can get frazzled more easily than usual. What is typically a fun and joyful time for children can become devastating when parents or caregivers cope with stress...

Kosair Charities, Face It Movement release details of accomplishments in 2016 progress report

In 2013, Kosair Charities actively took on an issue that can be tough to talk about but is a tragic reality for many children: child abuse and neglect. The Face It Movement was launched, and has been working with community partners ever since to prevent and end child abuse in our community. The 2016 Face It Movement Progress Report highlights the campaign’s accomplishments over its first three years...

Face It adds St. Joseph Children’s Home and Volunteers of America as new partners

The Face It Movement has announced St. Joseph Children’s Home and Volunteers of America as its latest partners in the effort to end child abuse and neglect. St. Joe’s serves children from all over Kentucky who have been victims of or witness to severe abuse or neglect. St. Joe’s creates families not only for the kids in the residential treatment program, but also for dozens more children in...

Mike Farrell: Open government won a big victory in Kentucky today, related to Health, Human Services

A three-member panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Franklin Circuit Court ruling that the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services violated the state’s sunshine law in refusing to turn over records requested by the state’s two-largest newspapers. In addition, the court upheld the fees and penalties, totaling more than $1 million, Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd imposed when he ruled...

President of nonprofit to accept Children Community Leader Award for commitment

Thursday, Feb. 5, Kentucky Youth Advocates and Child Advocates from across Kentucky will award Randy Coe, President of Kosair Charities, the 2015 Champion for Children Community Leader Award for his commitment to protecting children from child abuse and neglect.   Randy Coe (Photo provided) Coe will accept his award during the Child Advocacy Day Rally, which begins at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda...

Commentary: Child abuse is preventable; be a part of Champions for Change fund-raiser

By Todd Belden Special to KyForward   Change is tricky. Too slow for some; too fast for others. It can be incremental or a 360 degree turn, embraced or resisted, created or thrust upon us. Whatever the source or the circumstance, change is exciting, terrifying, exhilarating, rejuvenating and unnerving. It’s also a necessary and certain fact of life.   At Family Nurturing Center, we tackle...