Child Abuse Prevention Month

Family Nurturing Center highlighted National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April by hosting special events aimed at spreading awareness of how to prevent, recognize and report abuse and neglect.

Family Nurturing Center strives to end the cycle of child abuse by promoting individual well-being and healthy family relationships.

All of our services are completely free — families don’t pay anything for the programs. We serve 12,000 people annually, including 300 Hamilton County foster families weekly.


Right: A letter from Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell in support of Family Nurturing Center.

Villa Madonna fifth-grader wins annual art contest

Art contest winner Gabby Williams with Florence Mayor Julie Metzger Aubuchon.




Congratulations to Gabby Williams of Villa Madonna Academy on winning Family Nurturing Center’s annual art contest.

We invited students in grades 4-8 to participate in the contest. It’s part of the Child Abuse Prevention Month activities that generate awareness each spring.

This year’s theme centered on Family Nurturing Center’s vision of safe children, thriving families and nurturing communities.

Florence Mayor Julie Metzger Aubuchon presented the award to Gabby during the Blue Ribbon Ceremony April 5 at Tom Gill Chevrolet in Florence. The award is a framed enlargement of her artwork.

Each year, TANK busses throughout Northern Kentucky featured the winning artwork.

Gabby’s prize also includes a pizza party for her class at Villa Madonna. Way to go, Gabby!

20 years since first Blue Ribbon Ceremony

Family Nurturing Center’s April 5 Blue Ribbon Ceremony marked the 20th anniversary since Tom Gill Chevrolet first hosted the event. The Blue Ribbon Ceremony is our official launch of Childhood Abuse Prevention Month, which takes place every April.

In recognition of the milestone, Tom and Michelle Gill gave an unprecedented $20,000 donation to Family Nurturing Center.

“Tom and Michelle Gill are tremendous supporters of Family Nurturing Center,” said Jane Herms, President/CEO, Family Nurturing Center. “They’re gracious in allowing us to host the Blue Ribbon Ceremony in the Tom Gill Chevrolet showroom. They also encourage others to donate for us. We’re incredibly graeteful for their friendship.”

The program gets its name for the symbol of child abuse prevention, the blue ribbon. The symbol began after a boy lost his life at the hands of his parent. His grandmother wanted to generate awareness of the issue of child abuse and tied a blue ribbon to her car antennae. And, thus, a movement was born. It shows the impact one person can make on kids’ lives.

3rd Annual Prom for a Purpose

Family Nurturing Center’s largest fundraiser – Prom for a Purpose – took place Friday, April 19, at Turfway Park Racing & Gaming in Florence, Kentucky.

WCPO 9 anchor Craig McKee emceed the event for the third consecutive year. Among the evening’s highlights:

  • Teenage band members from the School of Rock performed two sets, and DJ Mark McFadden kept everyone dancing.  
  • With silent auction prizes, a bourbon raffle, bourbon and wine pulls, and heads or tails games, the nearly 400 guests had lots of chances to walk away a winner.
  • Many made online donations to ensure that families never pay for our life-changing services.

Making an entrance

The evening’s highlights