The Richmond Kiwanis Club not only endorsed passage of the Constitutional Amendment #1, but also purchased the above advertisment in the local newspaper for one week.
The Constitutional Amendment #1 was approved by the voters of Kentucky. The local vote in Madison County was 11,464 or 80 per cent for the amendment and 2,778 or 20 per cent against the amendment. Historically amendments to the Kentucky Constitution have been defeated. This overwhelming vote represented a hugh endorsment for the Family Court System and widespread recognition of how family courts protect children in Kentucky.
The Richmond Kiwanis Club unanimously endorsed a constitutional amendment creating a state Family Court system at its meeting on Tuesday, October 15. Although prohibited by Kiwanis International from endorsing individual political candidates, the members of the local Kiwanis expressed their unqualified support of the Family Courts system because of their commitment to children.
Dr. Kim Naugel, an education professor at Eastern Kentucky University, said the Family Courts system was one of the best ways of protecting children from abuse in the homes.
Judge Jeannie Logue, a Madison County Circuit Judge for one of the 26 county pilot Family Courts, told Kiwanians that she hears 700 family related cases each month and has about 2.000 new cases each year. She cited the continuity provided by the Family Courts as one of the particular benefits of the court. She said that Family Courts carried 52 per cent of all of the local circuit court cases.
Dr. Glen Kleine, president of the Richmond Kiwanis Club, said that club members hope Richmond and Madison County citizens will vote in favor of the constitutional amendment on November 5th. He added that the question n the ballot will be: "Are you in favor of Family Courts in Kentucky by amending the Kentucky Constitution to allow the Supreme Court to designate a division of circuit court as a Family Court?" He said approval of the amendment will create a permanent state Family Court system in Kentucky.
Explaining the origin of the Kentucky Family Courts, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Lambert recently wrote, "In 1991, a group of thoughtful and caring people began a Family Court Pilot Project in Jefferson County. Their goal was to create a court that was family-friendly and devoted exclusively to family law cases. They believed that the same judge should consider all legal matters relating to a family, whether juvenile, domestic, violence, custody, or divorce, and that the judge should be able to use counseling, mediation, and divorce education to reduce the distress of families in crisis. The Jefferson County Family Court was so successful that the Family Court Pilot Project was expanded in 1998 to 18 other counties across Kentucky."
Justice Lambert noted that today there are Family Courts in Jefferson, Gallatin, Boone, Franklin, McCracken, Christian, Warren, Clark, Madison, Pulaski, Lincoln, Rockcastle, Magoffin, Knot, Floyd, Pike, Oldham, Henry, and Trimble counties. One million Kentucky citizens in 19 counties are now served by Family Courts, but three million Kentuckians in 101 counties do not have access to these specialized family-friendly courts.
"Family Court is based on the idea that all judicial proceedings involving children and families should be collected and resolved in a single court. By having one judge preside over all the legal problems facing a family, unique family circumstances can be better understood. While a Family Court is a court of law, it is also a link to services in the community. Family Court judges understand that distressed families with children often need more than a legal resolution of their problems. Sometimes they need assistance to restore family stability and help deal with serious problems such as alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, and divorce. Family Courts can make specific referrals to outside agencies and order specific treatment to meet the individual needs of children and families," said Justice Lambert.
When parents are in the middle of a bitter dispute, children suffer. If the case is heard over and over again by different judges, solutions may be delayed, inconsistent, or contradictory. While it's impossible to completely protect children from the difficulties of life such as divorce and family discord, Family Courts can help nurture children and families through these difficult times.
The Kentucky Chief Justice noted, "There is no doubt that Family Courts have been successful. However, our state constitution does not specifically provide for Family Courts. Believing that Family Courts are vitally important, and that they should be available to all Kentucky citizens, the 2001 Kentucky General Assembly passed a Family Court Amendment and put it on the November 2002 General Election ballot. The people of Kentucky will have the final say on Family Courts."
The Family Courts constitutional amendment is also endorsed by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, the Kentucky Education Association, Kentucky Farm Bureau, the Kentucky Burley Tobacco Growers Association, the Kentucky Association of Retired Teachers, and the Kentucky Circuit and District Judges associations.
After the bathtub is filled, put your whole hand in the water and move it quickly back and forth for several seconds. If it feels even a little bit hot, then it is too hot for your child. Add more cold water. Repeat the test with other hand. When the water feels comfortable, it is safe to put your child in the bathtub. Test the water before you put your child in the bathtub!
Children will turn on the water if they are left alone. One second! That's all it takes for hot tap water to burn a child. So when the phone rings or there is a knock on the door, stay with your child. Others can wait. When the kitchen timer goes off or another child needs you -and it can't wait -take your child with you. Never leave your child alone in the bathtub!
This brochure adopted from the US National SAFE KIDS Campaign TM
Keep it out of reach! Children are burned when hot liquids or food are left within their reach. Put pans on rear burners. Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Place hot dishes at the back of the counter. Keep hot foods away from the table's edge. Keep appliance cords out of reach. Only use tablecloths and place mats when children aren't around.
They are burned in the bathtub and kitchen and must be treated
in hospitals. These scald burns can kill children. Usually they
leave scars -on a child 's face, hands, legs, chest -that can
last a lifetime. Most scald burns happen in the kitchen. The worst
ones happen in the bathtub. They happen most often to children
under four years old.