19 Apr Spring 2019 Face It® Newsletter
Spring 2019 Face It Newsletter
The Kosair Charities Face It Movement continues to engage and activate the community through our partnerships and outreach on keeping kids safe and strengthening families. This April, Face It honors Child Abuse Prevention Month and celebrates the milestone of having over 70 committed partners. Over the last few months, Face It has been busy spreading the word at conferences and community events on efforts to keep kids safe, advocating for policy change in Frankfort, and welcoming in new, unique partnerships.
Face It is incredibly thankful for the leadership of Kosair Charities and the commitment and active involvement of our partners working every day to help keep kids safe from abuse and neglect across the Commonwealth.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month:
Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to keep kids safe and promotes strategies to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Face It and our partners have been sharing prevention tips, resources, data, and more through our daily calendar posts — check out Face It’s Daily Calendar here.
Face It and its partners have also been highlighted in the media this month:
- Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities, shares his perspective on the role everyone has in keeping kids safe on WDRB Guest Point of View.
- Keith Inman and Carla Hay, pediatric forensic nurse at Kentucky Children’s Hospital, share data and abuse prevention and recognition tips via Public News Service.
- Critically Loved, Families for Effective Autism Treatment (FEAT) of Louisville, and Kosair Charities promote the upcoming free Mom’s Night Out event for mothers of children with special needs via WHAS 11.
- Learn more about Family and Children’s Place annual Rally to End Child Abuse in Louisville here.
- Read more about Family Nurturing Center’s annual Blue Ribbon Ceremony at Tom Gill Chevrolet in Florence here.
- See photos from Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky’s annual Pinwheel Planting in Frankfort here.
We were pleased to welcome Rachael Denhollander, lawyer and advocate for survivors of sexual abuse, as the keynote speaker of Face It’s annual Community Luncheon. Mrs. Denhollander was the first woman to speak publicly against former U.S. Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar, who is now serving time in prison for sexual assault and other crimes. Read more about the luncheon and the annual FACE of Face It awardees in our news release and view coverage via Spectrum News, WAVE 3, WHAS 11, and WLKY.
If you would like to attend a Face It partner event during Child Abuse Prevention Month and beyond, check out Face It’s event page here.
Have you heard? Face It now offers a text alert service! We send occasional parenting inspiration and humor, child safety tips, and more.
Text “FacingIt” to 555-888 to sign up between now and April 30th to enter to win a prize for a day of family fun!
Face It 2018- 2019 Highlights:
Face It works to keep kids safe and strengthen families by promoting best practices in abuse prevention and intervention, engaging the community in prevention and reporting, and advocating for policy change on the state and local level. Over the last year, we’ve seen growth in every aspect of our work. View highlights here.
- Reached over 52,000 children through education and training for kids, staff, and volunteers, along with partner engagement events and family fun activities.
- Presented to and/or attended over 50 events reaching parents and professionals with abuse prevention and recognition materials reach schools, child care centers, food banks, children, and parents.
- Trained almost 7,300 professionals and volunteers on keeping kids safe.
- Distributed over 53,000 resources reaching children, families, and local organizations in 51 Kentucky counties.
Face It 2019 Policy Win!
We’re celebrating the important work of the Face It policy team with another policy win in Frankfort! House Bill 158, sponsored by Representative David Meade, will take steps to align state law with the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, including modifying background checks for child serving agencies. It also establishes a bill of rights for children in foster care.
Welcome to our newest Face It partners!
- 2Not1 Fatherhood and Families
- Charlie’s Kids
- Delta Dental of Kentucky
- Derby City Roller Girls
- Epilepsy Foundation of Kentucky
- Jefferson County Public Schools
- Lexington Leadership Foundation Fatherhood Initiative
- Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development
- The Nest Center for Women, Children, and Families
- The Special Project
- United Crescent Hill Ministries
- University of Kentucky College of Medicine
During Child Abuse Prevention Month we’re reminded that keeping kids safe from abuse and neglect is up to all of us. As the Face It Movement grows, unique partnerships and creative approaches to child safety continue to emerge.
Our newest partnership with Delta Dental of Kentucky seeks to build awareness, educate, and equip Kentucky’s dental community with tools and resources to recognize and report signs of child abuse and neglect. Learn more here.
Did you know? We offer resources for free!
Place an order through our online form and we will send you resources featuring the latest child maltreatment data, talking to your child about body safety and boundaries, family-friendly activities guide, and more. These brochures are great for sharing at community events and placing in libraries, doctor’s offices, and other public places where parents and caregivers may be. Most of our materials are also available in Spanish.
- Brochure featuring Jefferson County data and prevention tips in English and Spanish
- Brochure featuring statewide data and prevention tips in English and Spanish
- Body Safety 101 guide in English and Spanish
- 10 Free Activities to Connect with Your Child guide
- SPLASH swimsuit safety guide
In Kentucky, everyone is a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect. Anyone who has reasonable cause to believe a child is experiencing physical or sexual abuse or neglect should report it to the Child Protection Hotline.
The hotline is 1-877-KYSAFE1 or 1-877-597-2331 (Toll-Free).
The Face It® Movement launched in 2013 as an initiative led by Kosair Charities® in response to the number of child abuse deaths in the Commonwealth. Face It® focuses on a three-pronged approach to addressing child abuse and neglect: promote best practices in child abuse prevention and intervention, build awareness and engage the community, and advocate for effective policies to improve the child welfare system. Learn more at faceitabuse.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @faceitabuse.