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WHAS Crusade for Children grants $26,500 to Family & Children’s Place

July 7, 2017

Grant supports healing services at the agency’s child advocacy centers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 7, 2017) – The WHAS Crusade for Children, which raised $5.5 million during its June 2017 telethon, has awarded $26,500 to Family & Children’s Place to support its work to stop, prevent and heal child violence, abuse, and neglect in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

“The WHAS Crusade for Children is a change maker for children’s health and welfare in this community, and we’re very proud to again be chosen to receive these critically important funds,” said Pam Darnall, president/CEO of Family & Children’s Place.

Specifically, the WHAS Crusade for Children funds will support work at the agency’s Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center (KCCAC) in downtown Louisville and a child advocacy center in Southern Indiana which provide cessation, intervention and healing therapies for children who have endured sexual abuse.

“This generous grant ensures that children hurt by sexual abuse have a safe place to go, a place where they receive the most compassionate care possible,” said Darnall.

At the KCCAC, therapists, forensic interviewers, the Crimes Against Children Unit of Louisville Metro Police, Child Protective Services, Commonwealth’s Attorney office and physicians from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, mental health counselors and family advocates work collaboratively to stop, investigate and prosecute child abuse and help child survivors and families heal.

Last year, KCCAC professionals stopped the trauma of sexual and physical abuse and provided compassionate and comprehensive care for nearly 1,300 Louisville-area children.

The WHAS Crusade for Children provides grants to nonprofits, schools, and hospitals that help children with special needs – physical, mental and emotional – up to age 18. The grants cover only services that directly benefit special needs children.

This year’s 64th annual telethon stretched over 30 hours, June 3-4, and aired on WHAS11 television, 840WHAS radio, WBNA-TV21 (Louisville), WBKO-TV13 (Bowling Green) and worldwide on It is the nation’s most successful local telethon.

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