Monday April 8, 2013
Media Contact: Debbie Belt, 574-6587 (office), 303-6167 (cell)
Neighborhood Place Promotes Child Abuse Prevention MonthMayor Greg Fischer issues proclamation to recognize local efforts
LOUISVILLE, KY (April 8, 2013) – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Neighborhood Place is helping to raise awareness about what individuals, communities and organizations across Louisville can do to prevent child abuse and neglect. On April 17, special activities are planned at all eight Neighborhood Place locations with the goal of educating staff and the residents they serve. Mayor Greg Fischer has honored these efforts by proclaiming April 17 as "Neighborhood Place Child Abuse Prevention Day."
In 2012, statistics show that there was an increase of child abuse reports in Jefferson County with 8422 calls received by the Child Protection Hotline that met criteria for abuse, neglect or dependency. Those calls represent 6798 families and 10,641 children. Moreover, over 70% of child abuse cases have poverty as a risk factor for child maltreatment.
“Neighborhood Place’s mission is to help strengthen low income families in Louisville by providing a network of coordinated, community-based services that are accessible in every neighborhood”, stated Program Manager Cassandra Miller, who is part of the Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization. “Not only can we offer frontline prevention services, but also help provide families with the tools they need to raise out of poverty and become economically self-sufficient. Our mission is not complete, however, without ensuring our communities, families, and home environments are safe."
Child Abuse Prevention Month activities planned on April 17 at Neighborhood Place locations will include:
NorthWest Neighborhood Place, 4018 W. Market St., 40212; 485-7230
The NorthWest Neighborhood Place Collaborative welcomes the community to engage in a healthy conversation regarding the safety of our children. Discussion will focus on helpful tips for caring for infants, community-based intervention services and ways to nurture children’s development. The panel will include speakers from the Department of Community Services and Revitalization, Department of Public Health and Wellness, the Department of Community Based Services (Protection and Permanency Division) and Seven Counties.
Ujima Neighborhood Place, 3610 Bohne Ave., 40211; 485-6710
Ujima Neighborhood Place invites staff and community members to a Lunch and Learn workshop between 11-12 p.m. presented by Cynthia Curtsinger RN, CCM, CFN, SANE Forensic Nurse Manager at Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics University of Louisville.
South Central Neighborhood Place, 4255 Hazelwood Ave., 40215; 485-7130
South Central Neighborhood Place plans to have a display set up in the conference room for people to drop in throughout the day and learn more about child abuse. Chalk-Walk Art will be on display outside in front of the site that promotes positive messaging on how to encourage children and parenting.
Cane Run Neighborhood Place, 3410 Lees Ln., 40216; 485-6810
Cane Run Neighborhood Place is creating paper dolls with stats about child abuse and neglect. Also displayed with the dolls will be words that describe the true needs of all children in our communities. The dolls will be strung together outside so clients can take a moment to educate themselves on child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. Staff will also be on-site to do Chalk-Walk Art on the sidewalks as clients enter the facility.
Bridges of Hope (BOH) Neighborhood Place, 1411 Algonquin Pkwy., 40210; 634-6050
Bridges of Hope Neighborhood Place, in collaboration with their community council, will decorate pinwheels and post them throughout the buildings and cubicles. In addition, all staff will receive blue ribbons to wear and will receive flyers listing 10 ways to prevent child abuse. The satellite site at the L& N building, 908 West Broadway, will display a large banner in April focused on choosing appropriate caregivers themed “Be Careful Who Cares for Your Child.”
First Neighborhood Place, 1503 Rangeland Rd., 40219; 962-3160
The First Neighborhood Place team will recognize the efforts of an early learning readiness program housed on the Thomas Jefferson Middle School campus. The "Caring and Learning with Me" program shares valuable information on connecting with preschool age children and using play as a learning environment. Staff will collect reading books, coloring books, and educational toys and present items to program participants at a special ceremony.
810 Barret Neighborhood Place, 810 Barret Ave., 40204; 574-6638
Staff at 810 Barret Neighborhood Place will wear blue ribbons to promote awareness. Positive awareness messages will be on display in the lobby and color sheets available to children.
South Jefferson Neighborhood Place, 1000 Neighborhood Place, Fairdale, KY 40118; 363-1424
South Jefferson Neighborhood Place staff will wear blue ribbons to promote awareness. Chalk-Walk Art will be on display that promotes positive messaging on how to encourage children and parenting. Staff will further engage in a Lunch and Learn session.
The Division of Protection and Permanency, part of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department of for Community Based Services, coordinates the state's child welfare and violence prevention efforts. Individuals who witness child abuse or even suspect it may be happening in Jefferson County are encouraged to call the Child Protection Hotline at 502-595-4550. In case of an emergency, call 911.
Louisville’s Neighborhood Place -- a partnership of Louisville Metro Government (including Community Services and Revitalization and Public Health and Wellness), Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Seven Counties -- provide one-stop centers which bring together health care, education, employment and social services at eight locations across the community. To find a Neighborhood Place in your neighborhood, please call MetroCall at 311.