In Midst of Global Pandemic, Local Grassroots Movement is Recognized for Their Work in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky

(Lexington, KY) – A local grassroots movement based in Union County will be recognized for their efforts in child abuse and neglect prevention by statewide nonprofit Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) on October 28.


Union County We Educate to End Child Abuse and Neglect (UCWEECAN) will receive one of six 2020 Partner in Prevention awards from PCAK. The grassroots movement, comprised  of retired and professional social service providers, educators, foster care review board volunteers and others interested in child welfare has been “the hands and feet of PCAK in Union county” since its humble beginnings eight years ago, according to PCAK Director of Operations and Prevention Education, Janna Estep Jordan.


“We are truly humbled and honored to receive this award,” said UCWEECAN organizer and leader, Lark Buckman. “It is our sincere hope the work of UCWEECAN will impact future generations of Union County leaders and families.”


Penetrating the local community with child abuse prevention awareness and education campaigns, UCWEECAN has become a pillar of support for local schools, families and children throughout Union County, encouraging its residents to get involved in prevention and to protect their county’s children.


“The work of UCWEECAN is truly invaluable to our mission,” said PCAK Executive Director, Jill Seyfred. “Having a group of committed individuals in the community to spread our prevention message, educate their peers and raise widespread awareness throughout the county has revolutionized our work in Union County. We are truly grateful and deeply moved by their efforts.”


PCAK will present the award to UCWEECAN through a virtual ceremony at 9 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, October 28. To learn more about the mission of both UCWEECAN and PCAK, visit



Founded in 1987, Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky is the leading statewide child abuse prevention organization. Their mission to prevent child abuse and neglect across the Commonwealth through advocacy, awareness, education and training. They are the Kentucky chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America and offer statewide programs and services. Learn more by visiting