Child Abuse Prevention Month brings awareness to the community about abuse and/or neglect

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month; it gives Family & Children’s Place an opportunity to bring awareness to a very serious problem in which Kentucky and Indiana both face. 

Kentucky ranks 6th and in Indiana they rank 11th when it comes to child abuse and/or neglect. 

Pam Darnall, President/CEO for Family & Children’s Place is available for interviews to discuss the latest Child Fatality & Near Fatality Report, services provided by the organization and how the community can identify signs of child abuse and neglect. 

Darnall can also share information on our upcoming event, Champions for Children Breakfast.  It will take place on Thursday, April 20th at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage at 8:00 am. 

To setup an interview, contact VIPP Communications at 502-341-7306 or by emailing us at  We would be happy to arrange your request. 

To learn more about Family & Children’s Place by visiting their website  You can also follow on our social media platforms @famchilplace. 


 For more than 140 years, Family & Children’s Place has been a critical presence in Louisville, helping our most vulnerable citizens — children, that have experience physical and sexual abuse and neglect. We believe that every child deserves a happy, healthy childhood free from abuse and that every family should have the tools and resources to maintain self-sufficiency.

 Our Mission: We protect and heal children and families.

Reckoning Inc. and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage partner to host a workshop on how to use Catholic church records to find enslaved ancestors

(Louisville, KY) Reckoning Inc. will present Using Catholic Church Records to Find Ancestors on Saturday, April 8 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, located at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This workshop will focus on how to use an online database of Catholic baptismal records recently created by local non-profit organization Reckoning, Inc. to find enslaved ancestors. This workshop will be conducted by Reckoning, Inc. Research Director Abby Posey. The workshop is free and open to the public.

To date, Reckoning, Inc. has digitized the records for over 2,100 enslaved children who were baptized at ten Louisville-area Catholic churches in three counties: Jefferson, Nelson, and Marion. This includes the Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville and the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown. These records have been placed in a database that can be searched, both by children’s and enslaver’s names, and browsed by church and by county. It can be found at This is an ongoing project that, if funding permits, will eventually expand to include records from Catholic and Protestant churches across Kentucky.

For more information about the workshop, visit To learn more about Reckoning, Inc., visit If you would like to setup an interview with Reckoning, Inc. Research Director Abby Posey, please contact VIPP Communications at info@vippcommunications,.com or call 502-341-7306. 

Reckoning, Inc. receives funding from the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Gheens Foundation, Community Foundation of Louisville, LG&E and KU Foundation, David A. Jones, Jr., and Mary Gwen Wheeler, Hardscuffle Inc., Metro United Way, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Historical Association, and the Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation.