- July 10, 2015
On June 27, a contingent of more than 25 employees, trustees and friends from Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky (CHNK) marched in Cincinnati’s pride parade. Members of the agency wore custom made shirts and carried a banner stating, “We love equally.” The phrase highlights CHNK’s commitment to providing quality care and services to all clients, including those who are LGBT.
Founded by Colonel Amos Shinkle, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky (CHNK) originally served as an orphanage for homeless children. The agency’s motto, “Building bridges to better futures since 1882,” conveys its dedication to helping at-risk children access futures full of hope and opportunity. CHNK’s services include a residential treatment program for abused, neglected and at-risk boys between the ages of 7 and 17, a substance use disorder residential treatment program for adolescent boys and girls and a community-based program for adolescents with behavioral health issues, including substance use disorder.
“Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is committed to state-of-the-art approaches in our trauma-informed care of youth and families,” CEO Rick Wurth told HRC. “Part of that care revolves around our staff and our clients feeling safe to be who they are. CHNK welcomes all. I’m proud to be a part of an agency that openly embraces protections for LGBT staff including benefit options for spouses/partners. That type of openness sends clear messages to our LGBTQ youth in our care that they too will find a safe space on our campuses.”
CHNK is a participating agency in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children – All Families project, an initiative that promotes LGBT cultural competency among child welfare agencies through innovative resources including an online agency self-assessment tool, comprehensive staff training, free technical assistance and more. Participating agencies work to meet 10 key benchmarks of LGBT Cultural Competency – from client non-discrimination policies and inclusive agency paperwork, to staff training and creating an LGBT-inclusive agency environment. CHNK is currently working toward this goal.
Visit www.chnk.org to learn more about Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky’s amazing work for Kentucky’s children and families.
Photo (c) Thomas S. DiBello