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State announces funding for Fayette child abuse prevention projects; Community programs focus on early intervention, collaboration through Partners in Prevention

Press Release Date:  Friday, May 11, 2007  
Contact Information:  Anya Armes Weber, (502) 564-6180; or Vikki Franklin, (502) 564-7042  


State announces funding for Fayette child abuse prevention projects; Community programs focus on early intervention, collaboration through Partners in Prevention

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 11, 2007) – The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has announced funding for three Fayette County programs focused on reducing child abuse and neglect.

The programs will be funded through the Department for Community Based Services’ (DCBS) Partners in Prevention program. The initiative is CHFS’ strategy to streamline and more effectively coordinate its early intervention and prevention programs in an effort to address the issues related to addiction, poverty and child safety that can increase the risk of abuse and neglect.

“These projects will support community-based efforts to prevent child abuse and neglect,” DCBS Commissioner Mark A. Washington said. “By coordinating our resources with the strengths of the community service providers, we will increase our services to families and give their children a safer home environment.”

The programs include:

• The Family Care Center - $80,000 The center will receive funding to provide services through its  HANDS program. HANDS is an intensive home-visitation program that addresses potential risk of child abuse and neglect, infant mortality, substance abuse and other high-risk lifestyle behavior. The program will assess risk of child maltreatment as well as probability of a current substance use disorder for parents. The Family Care Center will also launch a program similar to HANDS to serve clients referred by DCBS and its partners.

• MAN UP (Men as Nurturers and Providers) - $30,000 MAN UP is a project of the Urban League of Lexington-Fayette County that targets fathers with school-aged children and fathers presenting those characteristics consistent with substance abuse.

• Dixie Elementary School - $3,500 Dixie Elementary will receive funding for its Parent Lunch Bunch program, which provides participants with a meal and lessons on parenting skills like stress management, helping children succeed in school and effective communication.

The programs will be funded through DCBS’ Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) programs.

“Early intervention is key when families have one or more risk factors for child abuse or neglect,” said Jill Seyfred, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, one of the cabinet’s partners. “We value the cabinet’s commitment to preventing abuse and neglect and keeping families from becoming involved with child protective services.”

Washington said Partners in Prevention involves families and communities in identifying needs, increasing overall service capacity and providing more effective and timely services.

 “This initiative focuses on strengthening the relationships and collaboration among community partners, including advocacy organizations like PCAK, service providers, faith-based organizations, and state and local government agencies,” he said. “We are helping families overcome their barriers in the short term, but we are also addressing long-term preventive solutions.”

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Last Updated 5/11/2007