FLORENCE, KY. – WCPO 9 will broadcast “Step Up for Children” on Tuesday at 7:30 pm, a special highlight of the important work of the Florence-based non-profit Family Nurturing Center. It will also be broadcast live on wcpo.com, Roku, Fire TV, and Apple TV.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Family Nurturing Center is dedicated to ending cycles of child abuse in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The nonprofit educates children and adults to identify signs of potential abuse in their environment, advises families and children who have survived abuse-related trauma, and supports adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse through a 12-week therapy program.
“As uncomfortable as it is, the only way to end the cycle of child abuse is to have a conversation,” said Jane Hermes, executive director of the Family Nurturing Center. “We are very grateful to our participants who courageously shared their stories of triumph. We have provided the help and support they needed to heal, and they have grown in the hope that their stories will motivate others to get help or get involved through donations and volunteering. “
The Tuesday special, hosted by longtime Reds commentator Marty Brennaman, will feature stories of courage from abuse survivors and honorary community members who have supported the Family Nurturing Center and its mission.
Award winners include local Chevrolet dealer Tom Gill, who supports the organization and hosted Child Abuse Prevention Events of the Month. Mark Ayer, a real estate entrepreneur who developed offices for many local nonprofits; and the Kappa Delta Sorority at Northern Kentucky University, where members recently maintained a 5K family benefit center.
“Children are dependent on us, and in the future we will be dependent on them,” Brennaman said in the program. “Healthy families form a livelier and more thriving community. The Family Nurturing Center is dedicated to its mission to end the cycle of child abuse. And you have the opportunity to be part of this change. “
Anyone interested in learning more about the Family Nurturing Center and child abuse prevention in Greater Cincinnati can do so at stepupcincy.org.