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Kosair Charities Child Advocacy Center now open to abused children, families

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Dan Fox Dan Fox
Attorney General Jack Conway Attorney General Jack Conway
Jerry Ward Jerry Ward

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's the latest chapter in the mission of Kosair Charities to help children. Members of the organization teamed with city and law enforcement leaders to host a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday to open the new Kosair Charities Children Advocacy Center to the public.

"The center is a symbol of our community's commitment to stop child abuse," said Dan Fox, chief executive officer of Family & Children's Place. "In this facility, child sexual abuse stops and ends."

Located at 1000 Fifth Street, the facility is part of a complex housing both victim advocates and law enforcement aimed at providing prevention, intervention, and treatment services for children and families impacted by abuse.

"It's about kids who need our help the most and don't need to relive what happened to them over and over and over but need to at one, quick and focal time see the police, prosecutors, doctors, counselors, and social services agencies," said Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway.

Family & Children's Place, the Crimes Against Children Unit of Metro Police and Child Protective Services are all housed within the Kosair Charities Children Advocacy Center. Space has also been allocated for the Commonwealth Attorney's Office and University of Louisville Medical School physicians. Organizers hope the new advocacy campus will serve as a national model for a streamline approach to prevention and treatment of child abuse.

"Every child has a God given right to be raised in a safe and loving home," said Jerry Ward, chairman of Kosair Charities. "Our goal, working together, is to be abuse-free by '23."

According to Fox, one in every six girls and one in every six boys will suffer from child abuse throughout the United States. In Jefferson County alone, 11 children have died as a result of child abuse since 2011.

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