The National Council of Jewish Women, Louisville Section, will honor the memory of the late David Richart, nationally recognized child advocate and long-time director and co-founder, together with NCJW, of Kentucky Youth Advocates, at the inaugural David Richart Pathway to Justice for Children event to be held on Wednesday, November 14, from 7-9 p.m. at The Temple.
The evening’s focus will be a forum: “Who Counts? Justice for Kentucky’s Abused Children.” Panel participants include: Dr. Melissa Currie, director of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at the University of Louisville; attorney Jon Fleischaker; Dan Fox, president of the Family and Children’s Place; Patricia Walker FitzGerald Family Court judge; and Debby Yetter, editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal. Dr. Helen Deines, Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Spalding University, will serve as moderator.
During the evening, Kentucky House Member Tom Burch (District 30) will receive the first David Richart Justice for Children Award. Burch has been passionate about securing protection for abused and neglected children. He has been involved with legislation that required state and local agencies to coordinate services for severely emotionally disabled children, and his early childhood development bill, HB 702, has improved the quality of child care and expanded health services for at-risk children from birth to school age, which has increased their opportunities to succeed both in school and in life.