Services and Resources for Children
kids' health

This isn't a local resource, but it's so great that it needs to be at the top of the page. One of Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites, KidsHealth is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation and presents truly extensive health- and family-related information for and about parents, kids, teens, and educators. There are hundreds (yes, hundreds) of well-organized articles covering health and behavior -- everything from bed-wetting to telling your daughter about menstruation to helping a kid keep up with school work when sick for a long time. And divorce. Plus, each article is available in English and Spanish, and the audio version of each highlights the corresponding text while it plays. Impressive.

Local and State Resources

Family and Children's Place Call Now
A one-stop shop for Louisvillve-area families needing help with issues ranging from parenting to step family living to abuse and family violence. See more information on the Counseling page.

PCAK - Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky Call Now
800-432-9251 - Parent Helpline
489 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507
Provides the services of a 24-hour parent hotline offering active listening, support, and referral to statewide resources. Will also send callers information in the mail on educational groups, self-help groups, and parenting classes. Free to KY residents. The web site provides a state-wide list of child abuse prevention services.

KCHIP - Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program Call Now
Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services
275 East Main St., 6W-A, Frankfort, KY 40621
KCHIP's mission is to provide low-cost or free health insurance coverage to low-income, uninsured children.

Kentucky Cabinet for Families and Children Call Now
275 East Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40621
The Cabinet provides many social services for children in need and their families:

Child Abuse
1-877-597-2331 - Child abuse hotline Call Now
1-800-432-9251 - Parent Helpline Call Now
If a child is in danger of imminent death, serious physical injury or sexual abuse, the Division of Protection and Permanency will request an emergency custody order from a district judge. For cases in which the child is found to be at serious risk of ongoing abuse, neglect or dependency, statute requires that a temporary removal hearing be held within 10 days of filing the petition.

Child Support
Division of Child Support (DCS)
1-800-248-1163 - Child support hotline Call Now
Every child has a legal right to financial support from both parents, even if the parents are divorced, separated, or were never married. The Division of Child Support (DCS) is a division of the Department of Community Based Services and provides assistance to any person with minor children who needs financial support from an absent parent.

SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) Call Now
The Food Stamp Program helps people with little or no money buy enough food for healthy meals. It does this by providing people with food stamp benefits, which can be used to buy food at participating stores. Site describes eligibility, application, etc.

K-TAP - Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program Call Now
KTAP provides financial and medical assistance to needy dependent children in Kentucky and the parents, or relatives, with whom the children are living.

Uspiritus - Brooklawn Call Now
3121 Brooklawn Campus Drive, Louisville, Kentucky 40218
Uspiritus is a psychiatric residential treatment center and private child care residential facility for adolescents and children in need of intensive therapeutic support to overcome the effects of abuse, neglect, or other family crisis situations.

Maryhurst Call Now
502-271-4661 - admissions office
"We are the only agency in Kentucky serving adolescent girls who have been designated by state officials as their most difficult-to-place children. These youth struggle with such significant emotional disabilities and behavioral challenges that they normally have to be placed in out-of-state facilities for treatment. Maryhurst, however, has stepped up to the challenge of serving these children because this is our mission."

Southern Indiana Resources

Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services Call Now
118 East Chestnut St., Jeffersonville, IN 47130
"Today the goal of CCYS is to provide support services for youth and families. The mission statement is "Serving youth and families in a safe and caring environment." CCYS is the Youth Services Bureau of Clark County, and has four core goals: community education, juvenile delinquency prevention, information and referral, and youth advocacy."

National and Internet Resources
The Children and divorce page links to several thoughtful essays by social service professionals. Teens write about divorce & parenting presents three essays from a contest organized by the Children's Rights Coouncil; these three winning essays were honored by Congress in a ceremony held on July 18, 2003.

I am a Child of Divorce
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"On this site you will find resources and a community dedicated to helping children to understand and heal from their parents’ divorce or separation." Thorough and wide-ranging support for children and teens: books, apps, videos, games, on-line forums, blog, closed Facebook groups.

Sesame Street Workshop
The Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce multimedia outreach initiative provides much-needed resources for families with young children (ages 2–8) as they encounter the tough transitions that come with divorce. Comes with video, parent guide, a 'Sesame Street: Divorce' app for smart phones and tablets, and much more. Looks pretty great.
Abby draws her two homes.
Better divorce for the children's sake is the emphasis of this site.

Children's Rights Council
Suite 401, 300 I ("eye") Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Formed in 1985, the CRC is a national non-profit organization that works to assure children meaningful and continuing contact with both their parents and extended family regardless of the parents' marital status.

Divorce and Children
An on-line resource made available by Christina McGhee, M.S.W.
What most parents need to help their children is information, reassurance, and support. Sometimes, however, when we most need help, it is not readily available. This site was designed to bridge the gap for parents by making information and resources both available and easily accessible.

Focus Adolescent Services
An internet clearinghouse of resources, support, and information to help your teen and heal your family. Very useful articles about teens and anger, drugs, sex, the law, etc.

Kids' Turn
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Now a part of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, Kids' Turn is a non-profit organization dedicated to putting kids in the center of healing, not in the middle of conflict. It would be kind of expensive to get to their workshops, but you can order from the excellent book list at Carmichael's. Buy local!