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Liz Renner describes how her son, Colton, survived the deadliest type of physical child, shaken baby syndrome, and the challenges ahead due to that life-altering abuse.
Clip Length 14:50 Premiere: 03/31/23

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Child Abuse and Neglect: A KET Special Report

Premieres: Monday, March 27 at 8/7 pm on KET

This special report, hosted by Renee Shaw, examines the difficult topic of child abuse and neglect in Kentucky. The program presents stories from those whose lives have been upended by mistreatment and examines the challenges and possible solutions to protecting Kentucky’s children.

Laken Albrink recounts her heartbreaking experience of sexual abuse from a close relative. Liz Renner describes how her son, Colton, survived the deadliest type of physical child abuse, shaken baby syndrome, and the challenges ahead due to that life-altering abuse. Mandy Colwell shares a story of redemption after breaking the cycle of addiction and regaining custody of her three children.

Contributing to the conversation is Eric Friedlander, Secretary of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services; Sonja Grey, Executive Director of Exploited Children’s Help Organization (ECHO);and Dr. Melissa Currie who specializes in Child Abuse Pediatrics at Norton Children’s Hospital. There is also a panel of experts consisting of Pam Darnall, President and CEO of Family & Children’s Place; Janna Estep Jordan, Director of Operations and Prevention Education at Prevent Child Abuse KY; and Jay Miller, Dean of UK School of Social Work.


Resources

Learn more about how you can help prevent child abuse and raise awareness with the links below:

Preventing Abusive Head Trauma

Learn the serious and long-term health consequences of Abusive head trauma (AHT), which includes shaken baby syndrome. This preventable and severe form of physical child abuse results in injury to the brain of a child and is the leading cause of physical child abuse deaths under five in the United States.

Child Maltreatment 2021 

For more comprehensive data, you can read or listen to this report about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2021.

National Maternal Mental Health Hotline
1-833-943-5746 (1-833-9-HELP4MOMS)

The National Maternal Mental Health Hotline provides free, confidential, 24/7 emotional support, resources, and referrals to pregnant and postpartum individuals facing mental health challenges and their loved ones.

Prevention Tools | Stop It Now

Resources to help stop child sexual abuse.

6 Tips To Safely Store Medicine 

The leading cause of neglect has been accidental overdose or ingestion of prescribed or illegal drugs. Make sure your medicine is safely stored with this easy-to-read chart and help others keep their home safe with an easily shareable video.

Child Fatality/Near Fatality Report 

When raising awareness, it is helpful to know the facts. Become an informed advocate for Kentucky children with this detailed Child Abuse and Neglect Annual Report of Child Fatalities and Near Fatalities. 

HANDS – Family & Children’s Place

HANDS is voluntary home visiting for parents to help them as they create loving, nurturing safe hoes in which children grow and thrive.

Internet Safety Toolkit

Learn how to keep kids safe online with this toolkit.

Preventing Child Abuse

To Prevent the Abuse & Neglect of Kentucky’s Children through Advocacy, Awareness, Education and Training


Funding for this program is made possible in part by:

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