Kosair Kids Kick it with Lou City, Racing Lou

Custom soccer clinics grows game for children in community.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 29, 2021) Over 50 children, players, and coaches gathered at the Lynn Family Sports Vision & Training Center for an afternoon of kicks, sunshine, and smiles. The special event funded by Kosair Charities invited children from a partner organization to a two-hour soccer clinic including a mix of soccer stations and drills led by players and coaches from Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville FC.

“Our goal was to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for these kids,” said Keith Inman, President of Kosair Charities. “There’s no better investment you can make than in our community’s children. Thanks to our donors, LouCity, Racing Lou, and Bridge Kids International for joining us to make this opportunity possible.”

Kosair Charities provides financial support through an annual grants program, as well as for areas such as the Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program, the Face It Movement to End Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Kosair Kids Experience Fund, which made this event possible. The goal is to provide unique, safe, accessible experiences for kids and partner organizations which otherwise may not be possible. Kosair Charities is a sponsorship partner to Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville FC and camp attendees were from their partner organization Bridge Kid’s International. They are a global non-profit based in Louisville using culture, community, and connection to promote African heritage to support the well-being of young people.

Feedback from participating organizations includes:

“Bridge Kids International was excited to partner with Lou City/Racing Lou and Kosair Charities to bring this unique opportunity to young people. The players so generously shared their time and talent and created an environment of acceptance and joy,” said – Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye, Executive Director. “From a 4-year-old doing drills with determination to a 13-year- old who arrived in full soccer gear, each kid knew he/she was part of something special and they loved it! We are thrilled to consider Lou City/Racing Lou a new community partner.”

Personally, it’s special to me being able to be a part of an activity/sport that brings people together of all ages/backgrounds/nationalities/ and upbringings, to just have fun,” said Oscar Jimenez, Louisville City FC player. “When you get to work with children and teach them how to kick a soccer ball or dribble around cones for the first time – to visibly notice them laughing, smiling, and having a joyful time is heartwarming. You never know what kind of troubles, if any, they may be going through so to have an opportunity for at least an hour or so of the day to provide some excitement to them, we are all for it!”

Echoes Lauren Milliet, Racing Louisville FC Player, “It means a lot for us to give back to the community. It was literally so fun. I had a blast. I was laughing the whole time. Those kids were so awesome.”

The event was held on Monday, July 19 from 1-3 at the new Lynn Family Sports Vision & Training Center, with photos by Natosha Cundiff Photography.

Learn more about each organization at kosair.org, bridge-kids.org/index.html, loucity.com, racingloufc.com

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About Kosair Charities: 

Since 1923, Kosair Charities has shown children their potential, instead of their obstacles. Through our grant and financial assistance programs, we are advancing child advocacy services, childhood education, clinical research, pediatric healthcare, and social services—setting the stage for kids to take flight. Learn more at www.kosair.org.

Kosair Charities announces $2 million grant to support Spalding’s new physical therapy school and major building renovation

Brotherhood Banquet Supports Kosair Charities and the Community

56th Annual Brotherhood Banquet raises $39,000 to help Kosair Kids®

Elizabethtown, KY— June 23, 2021 — In a year with many challenges, members of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus 1455, the RIASOK Shrine Club, and the Hardin County community came together to raise $39,000 through the 56th Annual Brotherhood Banquet. These funds will provide critical support for children in need through the work of Kosair Charities.
For the past 56 years, the Brotherhood Banquet has been characterized by enthusiasm, giving back, and an event full of comradery for those who have attended. This year to keep everyone safe and healthy, the event was held virtually and was truly an example of a community coming together to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.

Tom Clark, Jr. a local business owner and one event organizer, shared more about this year’s event, “We celebrated the 56th anniversary of the Brotherhood Banquet a bit differently. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we, like many other organizations had to approach this celebration from a different angle. With the help of The Web Guys, Greg Milby, Kasey McCrary and the team at Heartland Communications, and Lewis Auction Company, we were able to form an alternative plan that would be more successful than we ever imagined. Our heartfelt thanks to them, the event’s sponsors for their continued generosity, and the entire Hardin County Community for their support for this year’s Brotherhood Banquet. We are hopeful that the 57th Brotherhood Banquet for Kosair Charities will be an in-person event again. Mark your calendars for February 26, 2022!”

The Brotherhood Banquet is a continuation of legacy of love for the Hardin County community and the children Kosair Charities serves. This event was founded in 1965 by Thomas R. Clark, Sr., Grand Knight of the Elizabethtown Knights of Columbus, and William J. Harris, President of the RIASOK Shrine Club in 1965. Now, 56 years later, these men would be proud of how their community, local businesses, and their fraternal organizations have continued their legacy of helping children in need by working together, especially during this challenging year.
“The Brotherhood Banquet has uplifted Kosair Kids for many years, especially during these difficult times. Thank you for ensuring children in need have the resources they need to grow up happy, healthy, and safe,” Keith Inman, Kosair Charities President, shared. “We are so grateful and this support is crucial for Kosair Kids, now more than ever.”

Since its inception, the Brotherhood Banquet has raised over $800,000 for Kosair Kids. Children in the Elizabethtown community benefit from this support through both the Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program, which provides assistance for families in need of help with their children’s medical bills, as well as the Kosair Charities’ Gifts and Grants Program which provides financial support to local non-profits serving children. Most recently, Baptist Health Hardin received a grant that allowed the Baptist Health Hardin Emergency Department, Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and BirthPlace teams to purchase new equipment to help some of their most fragile and youngest patients.

Pictured: William J. Harris (left) and Thomas R. Clark, Sr. (right), Brotherhood Banquet founders, traded their organization’s traditional hats to display the unity behind the name “Brotherhood Banquet.”

Note – The banquet celebration was held on Saturday, March 7 prior to COVID-19 closures.


About Kosair Charities: Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, visit kosair.org.

Kosair Charities lifetime giving to UofL tops $50 million

Current year’s support of over $1 million continues funding for children’s health

Note: Watch the full event video here

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A relationship begun nearly half a century ago is still going strong.

Since 1982, Kosair Charities has been a solidly dependable supporter of children’s health programs at the University of Louisville. This year, total donations have reached more than $50.4 million.

Moving the total past the $50 million mark this year is over $1M in funding from the charity – the largest in Kentuckiana – to support programs in pediatric forensic medicine, neuro-recovery and cancer research along with the Center for Women & Infants at UofL Hospital.

“Kosair Charities has made immeasurable contributions to the University of Louisville, this community and beyond. I believe what makes a partnership great is a shared vision. And that is certainly the case with Kosair Charities and UofL,” said Uof President Neeli Bendapudi. “Kosair Charities has given to so many areas across the University of Louisville and the impact can be felt far and wide throughout our community, region and beyond.”

A young patient receives therapy at the Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery.

“Louisville is my home, UofL my school, and Kosair Charities is my passion. It is special to be able to pull it all together to help children move forward,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities. “For almost 100 years Kosair Charities has had one mission, one focus, and that is for children to overcome their obstacles and reach their full potential. For 38 of those years, the University of Louisville has been an important partner, as we have invested in research, programs, facilities and people at the university who can make that vision, that mission a reality.”

The support is as important to UofL for its consistency as much the dollars donated, said UofL Vice President for Advancement Jasmine Farrier. “All philanthropic gifts are impactful, but this level of extraordinary support given consistently over decades is truly transformational,” Farrier said. “We are so fortunate to have Kosair Charities’ commitment to our children’s health programs.”

Recent gifts made by Kosair Charities to the university have helped fund:

• UofL Kosair Charities Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine: Led by Dr. Melissa Currie, the first board-certified child abuse pediatrician in Kentucky, this division focuses on physical, mental and sexual abuse and neglect in children.

• Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery: The gift from Kosair Charities will target paralysis in children with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), a disease that affects the area of the spinal cord called gray matter, which causes the muscles and reflexes in the body to become weak. Although occurrences are relatively rare, cases of AFM have been on a steady increase since 2014.

• Kosair Charities UofL Brown Cancer Center Pediatric Cancer Research: Drawing upon the strengths of researchers and physicians in the UofL Health – Brown Cancer Center, this program applies immunotherapy – the use of the patient’s own stem cells to boost immunity – to children’s cancer.

• UofL Hospital’s Center for Women & Infants: Kosair Charities funding enables the center to purchase upgraded infant warmers for its cutting-edge Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for the tiniest and most vulnerable newborns.

Inman Named to inaugural 2021 Power 50 List

March 13, 2021 – Louisville, KY

Keith Inman, Kosair Charities President, was selected for the inaugural compilation of Louisville Business First’s Power 50 of the most influential members of our business community.

Keith Inman, Kosair Charities President

As his career snapshot below shows, Inman’s influence has spanned decades and includes strategic planning on his part that will continue his leadership influence well into the future. A UofL graduate from Elizabethtown, KY, Keith’s career highlights including establishing alumni chapters across the country at his alma mater, becoming Executive Director of the Cardinal Athletic fund. A term as assistant  athletic director for advancement at University of Maryland led to becoming the first permanent president of the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research in Cary, NC created by ESPN and Valvano. He moved back to Louisville as assistant vice president of health sciences at UofL, executive director of the Jewish Hospital Foundation, and ultimately senior vice president of external relations at Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Healthcare. As vice president for university advancement at UofL, Inman launched a fundraising campaign in 2007, which peaked in 2014, raising $1.05 billion dollars. Keith’s statewide influence has culminated in his current role as President of Kosair Charities, the largest children’s charity in the state. With a 25-member board, advisory council, staff, partner organizations, and donors, Keith is activating a vision to help not only fix problems children face but help prevent them. This includes joining 100+ organizations to end the unprecedented incidents of child abuse and neglect through the Face It Movement.

A recent economic impact study of Kosair Charities found that over a roughly 5-year period (cumulative) and adjusting for inflation, the estimated overall economic impact of Kosair Charities was

  • A $231.7 million contribution to US Gross Domestic Product, $226.7 million of which was in the Louisville metropolitan region in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
  • The creation or support of around 1,631 jobs, of which 1,598 were in the Louisville metropolitan region.
  • The generation of around $22 million in local, state, and federal taxes, of which around $21.5 million was in the Louisville metropolitan region.

Three of these five years noted were under Keith’s leadership and with the assistance and support of our current Board of Directors, Advisory Council, and staff.

As noted by Louisville Business First, to compile the Power 50 for 2021, LBF solicited nominations from the public and received more than 150 suggestions. The editorial staff and Publisher Lisa Benson also internally nominated candidates who we thought were worthy of consideration.

View the 2021 Power 50 List | View Power 50: Keith Inman

100,000 Washable Masks Donated by Kosair Charities Supporting Game Changers Masks for Kids

Louisville, KY— February 9, 2021 — Just days after Christopher 2X Game Changers Masks for Kids initiative launched, Kosair Charities announced their direct support through a donation of 100,000 washable, re-usable, special-order youth masks. Masks for Kids goal is to drive home the importance of kids wearing masks and ensure clean masks are available when needed so kids can return back to school safely this fall. The youth masks donated by Kosair Charities, set to arrive in early March, will help make that possible for kids in our community. 

“For nearly 100 years, Kosair Charities has tirelessly worked to enhance the health and well-being of all kids,” said president, Keith Inman. “We are so proud to make this investment for the kids in our own community, to collaborate with Christopher 2X Game Changers, as well as unite with so many in our community who seek to keep kids’ needs first.” Kosair Charities is a granting organization offering support directly to families through the Kosair Kids Financial Assistance Program, as well as through their gifts and grants program, committing nearly $11 million to 90+ partner organizations this year in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

The Masks for Kids idea came to Christopher 2X when his granddaughter had a COVID-19 scare, going to the hospital with upper respiratory symptoms. While the test fortunately came back negative, the positive idea for Masks for Kids was born. “Clean masks must be available to ALL kids, and when they need them,” said Christopher 2X, founder of Game Changers. “It’s important for kids to not only be educated about and comfortable wearing masks which we are trying to show through our PSA’s but the actual masks have to be available to EVERY child. We’re so grateful to Kosair Charities stepping up to make this a reality and being a crucial community partner.”

Mask donation partners include JCPS, Louisville Metro Government, UofL Medical School, and YMCA of Greater Louisville. Donations can be dropped off at any of the 10 YMCA locations in the region through mid-March. JCPS plans to hand out the masks in schools when in-person learning resumes.

MEDIA NOTE: To schedule a time to interview Christopher 2X or Keith Inman please contact Lindsay Wehr. A special live press conference will be held when the large shipment of masks arrive and are distributed in early March.


About the Organizations
Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit https://www.kosair.org.

Christopher 2X Game Changers is a nonprofit organization that promotes early childhood education, parental involvement, mentoring, and community involvement to positively transform the lives of children and young people, end violence long term, and make communities safer in the Louisville area. Learn more at https://2xgamechangers.org/index.html.

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Kosair Charities Names New Board Chair, Executive Committee

Board Chair, Ken Reiss

Louisville, KY— January 29, 2021 Kosair Charities’ Board Chair, H.I. Stroth, Jr. announced due to family circumstances and other considerations, he will step down from his role, effective January 13, 2021. H.I. has served as board chair since 2019, and will remain a member of the Kosair Charities Board for which he has served for over 10 years.

H. has spent his adult career helping enhance the health and well-being of kids. As chair, H. led a board and nearly a 100-year-old organization, which awards over $16 million a year to agencies that help children. His and the entire board’s focus has been on ending child abuse in Kentucky, advocating at the state, local and national levels for funds, providing educational opportunities for our most precious resource, helping fund crucial medical research, and providing financial support for healthcare for children whose families cannot pay. In this volunteer role, H. oversaw all board committees, the president of the organization, as well as facilitated monthly board meetings and a robust gifts and grants process.

Ken Reiss, a board member since 2003, was unanimously elected board chair on January 13. Reiss has held board leadership positions of Vice Chairman, Nominations Committee Chair, as well as key positions on the Real Estate, Statues, Signage and Insurance Committee; Grants Committee; and Legal and Bylaws Committee. “I am grateful beyond words for this honor,” Reiss said. “Thank you to my fellow board members, as well as the Kosair Charities president and staff, for entrusting me with the privilege and great responsibility of this role.” Board members all serve in a volunteer capacity. Reiss, who is retired as president of Louisville Frame and Fender, has served on the Kosair Charities Board of Directors since 2003, in addition life-long community involvement and volunteer roles.

Including Reiss, the Board of Directors Executive Committee of the 24-member board includes: John Burgin (Vice Chairman), Kirk Carter (Treasurer), Dwight Maddox (Secretary), and Larry Craig (At-Large Member).

“I would like to thank H. for his past, present, and continued service to Kosair Charities and our entire community,” said Kosair Charities President, Keith Inman. “I am looking forward to working with Ken, the Executive Committee, and entire Board as we continue to provide resources to help children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana reach their full potential.”


About Kosair Charities: Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped children reach their potential while overcoming obstacles. Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, health research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit kosair.org.

Kosair Charities Advisory Council Announces Grant Recipients, COVID-19 Relief Funding

Louisville, KY— January 18, 2021 — Kosair Charities Advisory Council, composed of 19 distinguished community members, today announces the recipients of their fiscal year 2021 grant awards. The Advisory Council supports Kosair Charities and their Board of Directors by promoting and advocating for Kosair Charities’ mission to enhance the health and well-being of children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Eleven recipient organizations were selected after an extensive application and interview process. This year, the Advisory Council awarded $300,000 in COVID-19 relief funding to these partner agencies, a portion of the full grant commitments of Kosair Charities.

“We recognize the impact that COVID-19 has, and will continue to have, on our children. Kosair Charities Advisory Council wanted to focus this year’s grant efforts to support programs that have needed to adjust their programs to continue assisting children during this challenging time. The Council decided to focus on education and engagement for children,” Council Chair, Bob Bonsutto explained.

The following grants were awarded:

  • 2NOT1 Fatherhood & Families, Inc. ($25,000) – Promote the safety and well-being of children by implementing strategies that keep fathers involved and families together.
  • Bridge Kids International ($30,000) – Bridge Kids International envisions young people and communities that have the confidence, skills, tools, and resources to solve economic development, education, environmental and health challenges and thrive.
  • Carriage House ($45,000) – Dedicated to the belief that children of all abilities can learn and make progress in an environment that is stimulating, nurturing and where individual differences are respected and celebrated. To create a preschool environment where all children will thrive.
  • City Schoolhouse ($33,000) – City Schoolhouse works to strengthen children and families by empowering them through active and individualized education, fostering a love of learning, and renewing their community through its people.
  • Doors to Hope, a Sisters of Charity Ministry ($5,000) – opens learning opportunities, encourages community involvement and engages in advocacy for immigrant women and families.
  • Global Game Changers ($25,000) – Global Game Changers innovative evidence-based program uses service-learning to develop the whole child by building core social-emotional competencies, character, and leadership skills in K-5 students.
  • Louisville TKO ($23,000) – empowers youth to build successful futures through boxing, positive reinforcement, academic support, and connection to the community.
  • Orchid House, Inc. ($13,000) – Therapeutic and medical day center for young children facing behavior/emotional and health challenges to allow intense intervention and socialization with peers. Committed in advocating for high-risk children to increase the possibilities of bright future.
  • Southwest Community Ministries ($40,500) – Strives to create a more financially equitable Southwest community by playing an integral part in alleviating the burden of crisis and poverty in the area.
  • George’s Scholar Institute ($30,000) – Embrace, educate, and empower youth in Louisville, envisioning a future where youth reach their full potential, starting with a successful academic career.
  • Wesley House Community Services ($30,500) –Empower families, individuals, and communities toward self-sufficiency, creating hope and opportunity that result in extraordinary change in the lives of those served. Wesley House Community Services helps people help themselves.

“Wesley House youth are excelling artistically and socially. Because of partnerships like this one with Kosair Charities, we can ensure that children are not left behind.” – Patricia Williams, President and CEO, Wesley House



About Kosair Charities: Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped children reach their potential while overcoming obstacles. Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, health research, education, social services, and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit kosair.org.

Kosair Charities awards $300,000 to HMH Foundation

Kosair Charities awards $300,000 to HMH Foundation
Donation to fund Emergency Department, NICU and BirthPlace

Elizabethtown, Ky., November 6, 2020 – Kosair Charities awarded $300,000 today to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation (HMHF) Board of Directors. The gift will allow the Baptist Health Hardin Emergency Department, Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and BirthPlace teams to purchase new equipment to help some of their most fragile and youngest patients. The announcement was shared during a virtual meeting.

“The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation helped bring a fully equipped NICU, the only one of its kind, to Central Kentucky,” said Kosair Charities President Keith Inman, an Elizabethtown native. “We are especially proud to support the Baptist Health Hardin Emergency Department team work to pursue a pediatric readiness designation, an important honor and assurance that the team offers the highest level of care for the more than 1,100 pediatric patients who come to the hospital each month.”

Kosair Charities has contributed more than $700,000 to the HMH Foundation since 2016. Central Kentucky has long supported Kosair Charities as well. The Brotherhood Banquet organized by the Knights of Columbus 1455 and the Riasok Shrine Club has raised funds for Kosair Charities for more than 65 years.

“We live in a generous community, and it’s amazing how much we can accomplish when we work together for good,” Foundation Chairman Joe Prather said. “We are honored to work with Keith and other community groups to give children access to the best possible care close to home.”

The Baptist Health Hardin NICU will receive an Infant Transport Incubator to safely transport babies without disturbance if they need to transfer to another hospital for more specialized care.

“Since our Level II NICU was established in 2015, we have cared for nearly 800 babies,” said BirthPlace Nurse Manager Dee Dee Diller. “Having the latest technology for our NICU babies is so important to help them thrive.”

BirthPlace will receive a Triton system and Fast Flow Blood Warmer to treat Postpartum Hemorrhaging (PPH), a preventable and potentially life-threatening condition for women after delivering a baby. The Triton system accurately tracks blood loss information during delivery and postpartum care to better detect PPH. Moreover, the Fast Flow Blood Warmer allows PPH patients to receive warmed blood quickly.

The Baptist Health Hardin Emergency Department will receive equipment including an ultrasound machine, syringe pumps, fluid warmer, carts, vein viewers and pediatric temperature sensing catheters. The grant also will provide car seats for patients in need.

“Our team always wants to do whatever it takes to give patients the best so they set a goal to achieve the pediatric readiness designation,” said Deanna Parker, Baptist Health Hardin Assistant Vice President of Emergency Services. “Kosair Charities and will help us meet the criteria to apply and meet our goal.”

Baptist Health Hardin operates one of Kentucky’s busiest Emergency Departments seeing more than 70,000 patients annually.

Suggested Photo (download link) and Caption: Photo by Elaina Janes. Neonatologist Chukwuma Nnorom, MD treats a patient in Baptist Health Hardin’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


About HMH Foundation:  The Hardin Memorial Health Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization governed by a group of community and business leaders from across Central Kentucky. The Foundation provides leadership and resources to secure investments that will improve health in local communities through Baptist Health Hardin. The HMH Foundation is committed to keeping Baptist Health Hardin strong and ensuring access to the very best care close to home for the residents of the 10-county region it serves.

About Kosair Charities: Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped children reach their potential while overcoming obstacles. Kosair Charities enhances the health and well-being of children by delivering financial support for healthcare, research, education, social services and child advocacy. We envision a world in which children in need live life to the fullest. For more information, please visit kosair.org.

Attorney General Cameron Joins Kosair Charities, Kentucky Youth Advocates to Announce Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit

Toolkit will assist prosecutors across the Commonwealth with prosecuting child abuse cases

FRANKFORT, Ky. (October 27, 2020) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron today joined Kentucky Youth Advocates, Kosair Charities, and statewide partners in the Face It ® Movement to announce the release of a Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit. Developed by the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, the toolkit equips Kentucky prosecutors with best practices and resources to prosecute child abuse cases.

“The Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit provides prosecutors across the Commonwealth with best practices to assist in the prosecution of child abuse cases,” said Attorney General Cameron. “These cases are often some of the most complex and challenging cases that a prosecutor will face in his or her career, and our office is committed to providing resources and support.  Kentucky consistently ranks first in the nation for incidences of child abuse and child maltreatment, and this toolkit is a step toward ensuring that any individual who abuses or neglects a child in the Commonwealth is fully prosecuted.”

The toolkit highlights the importance of cooperation in addressing incidences of child abuse by encouraging collaboration between stakeholders, including Commonwealth’s and County Attorneys, social workers, physicians, and advocates.

Earlier this year, Attorney General Cameron joined Kosair Charities President Keith Inman and Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks, along with child welfare representatives, for a roundtable to discuss methods for combatting child abuse.  This toolkit was an idea that arose from that meeting and, prior to today’s press conference, the group gathered for a follow-up roundtable to discuss next steps.

“Every child deserves to grow up safe and healthy with the support to reach their fullest potential,” said Keith Inman, president of Kosair Charities.  “Kosair Charities works diligently towards that goal with our over 100 statewide partners in the Face It Movement – a movement committed to preventing and ending child abuse in the Commonwealth.  We commend Attorney General Cameron’s commitment to helping reach that goal, even more crucial amidst an isolating pandemic, by implementing efforts to ensure perpetrators of abuse cannot harm another child.”

“There’s a pandemic in Kentucky that, unlike COVID-19, sadly is not new,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director, Kentucky Youth Advocates.  “But, like COVID-19, it sweeps across our Commonwealth like a plague, impacting every community in every county. But there is hope when it comes to the tragedy of child abuse. We understand its causes and we can not just address it, we can end it. That solution requires intentional actions by us all around prevention and detection. It demands deep investments for those children who have suffered the tragedy of abuse. It takes the tough edged prosecution of abusers. You’ve heard the phrase before but it rings so true when it comes to child abuse – we are all in this together, and together, we can end it.”

The toolkit aims to support prosecutors as they work to protect Kentucky children from abuse and is part of a larger effort to end child abuse in the Commonwealth.

“Working in partnership is critical, because those who harm children do not recognize jurisdictional boundaries,” said Robert M. Duncan, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  “It is important for law enforcement across the state to collaborate with each other to address the harm caused by child abuse and hold offenders accountable for their actions.”

The toolkit provides a roadmap for prosecutors to follow when they receive a child abuse or neglect case and walks prosecutors through conducting the investigation, interviews of the victim of witnesses, and trial preparation.  Topics such as charging strategies, pre-trial and trial issues, and trauma-informed prosecution are also covered.  In addition, applicable case law and statutes for reporting requirements, victim notification, discovery, indictment, and other issues are included to provide a quick reference for prosecutors.

The manual is accompanied by resources that will be available on the Attorney General’s website for easy viewing and download.  These resources include sample motions, opening statements, medical release forms, and social media law enforcement guides that can be customized by prosecutors for use in obtaining discovery and preparing for trial.

“As a prosecutor in a smaller jurisdiction, the development and implementation of the child abuse tool kit is a vital resource for prosecutors in these smaller jurisdictions,” said Courtney Baxter, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit.  “I appreciate the Attorney General’s work on this important issue and the development of this invaluable tool. Bringing all the players to the table allows us to combine our resources and knowledge to protect the most vulnerable in our society and reach our goal of eradicating child abuse.”

“Prosecutors have the responsibility to achieve justice for the child victim and to protect the community from offenders who may go on to sexually abuse others,” said Lou Anna Red Corn, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 22nd Judicial Circuit.  “Child sexual abuse cases are among the most challenging of cases to prosecute. Medical evidence is available in less than 5 percent of the reported cases of CSA, and the prosecution often must rely on the testimony of a child.  The Attorney General’s toolkit will truly assist the state prosecutors because it includes not only the substantive law for the issues that arise in CSA prosecutions, but equally important, it includes information and resources for a trauma-informed, victim-centered prosecution.  The state’s prosecutors appreciate the time, research, and thoughtfulness that has gone into the Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit and we will turn to the toolkit again and again.”

The Office of the Attorney General will make the Child Abuse Prosecution Toolkit available to prosecutors throughout the Commonwealth. The toolkit is available to download here.