Sunflower Kids protects Kentucky families from interpersonal violence by providing supervised visitation and exchange services. Sunflower Kids values safety, justice, and respect so that all individuals are empowered to live free of violence.
Anyone who comes from an abusive household understands the devastating and deleterious effects on individual quality of life. Even after victims of domestic violence end a relationship with a violent partner or a child moves out of a violent home, the effects of violence can continue and often increase as batterers attempt to reassert control. Often it is through court-ordered visitation when batterers continue to have access and, if unsupervised, abuse continues.
With our security measures and safety rules in place SFK works to protect children from the trauma of witnessing domestic violence or substance abuse or experiencing sexual or physical assault, abduction, injury, or death during visitation or exchanges and to protect victims from experiencing further violence and threats of abuse.
Research conducted by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence has repeatedly found that when programs help victims obtain community resources this serves as a protective factor that will enhance safety and quality of life over time. Knowing this, SFK staff discusses client needs during orientation and on-going check-ins and provides accurate and meaningful referrals regarding community resources.
SFK is uniquely positioned to help each family member safely navigate post-separation. Unlike other agencies, SFK has regular contact with each family member and an opportunity to engage and build relationships that open opportunities to counteract violence and repair the harm it causes. SFK defines engagement as being involved and connected in intentional, thoughtful ways.
Engaging perpetrators is especially important in reducing future violence. While agencies working with only victims are vital, it must be remembered that victims are not responsible for their abuse and therefore working with the person whose behavior must change is equally important.
SFK most effectively fosters safety by building relationships that are fair, respectful, and helpful. By engaging all family members we hope to lessen the harm caused by violence and maximize the possibility that each family member can live without ongoing fear, intimidation, or violence.
Our number one goal is to enhance safety and justice for child and adult victims, both immediately and in the long-term.
To enhance ongoing, long-term safety, Sunflower Kids helps families connect with needed community resources (e.g. affordable housing, substance abuse treatment, access to mental health services, child care, legal advocacy, etc.), which minimizes isolation and reduces the risk of further abuse.
Lindsey Burke joined Sunflower Kids in December 2015. Lindsey's education and experience made her well-suited to lead Sunflower Kids. She is a Master's-level social worker and Kentucky-licensed attorney. Lindsey received her Bachelor of Social Work from Florida State University in 2007. She worked as an issue organizer with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth in 2007. In 2008, Ms. Burke joined Lexington Rescue Mission as a Housing Counselor. The following year, she became Outreach Social Worker for the Mission. Fulfilling a lifelong ambition, Lindsey began a Master of Social Service Administration at University of Chicago in 2010. She studied nonprofit management, community development, and poverty and inequality. She had a one year internship at the Cook County Criminal Courts at the notorious 26 & California, and another year long internship with the Illinois chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Upon completing her Master's, Ms. Burke moved toward home, beginning law school at University of Cincinnati. She was the inaugural Public Interest Honors Fellow, and received the Class of 2015 Public Service Award.
Sunflower Kids provides safe supervised visitation and exchange services to families experiencing domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, child sexual abuse, threat of child abduction, substance abuse, and mental illness.
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