Several members of the Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis City collected donations during the month of April to help prevent child abuse & neglect. Over $500 was presented to Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board members Charmaine Smith and Nanci Bobrow, Ph.D. during a presentation on April 26 at Police Headquarters. The money will be used by CTF for child abuse prevention grants benefiting St. Louis City. Pictured from L to R is Detective Deidra Henderson, Detective Richard Noble, Lt. Col. Alfred Adkins, Nanci Bobrow, Ph.D., Sgt. James Przada, Detective Tonya Tanksley (center), Capt. Michael Sack, Charmaine Smith, Detective Dana Pickett, Detective Marilyn Johnson.
The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) presented the 2013 Richard P. Easter Award to Special Investigator Wayne H. Becker of the Dent County Sheriff’s Office at a ceremony in Salem on April 26. The award was presented for his exemplary efforts in protecting children in Missouri.
Special Investigator Becker has been with the Dent County Sheriff’s Office for nearly nine years. He was previously awarded the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Grant, which assists state and local law enforcement agencies and individuals with specialized training and equipment to develop an effective response to cyber enticement, child pornography cases and other crimes against children. Becker is responsible for the south central region of Missouri consisting of Dent, Phelps, Pulaski, Texas, Shannon, Reynolds, Iron, Washington and Crawford counties.
The CTF Board of Directors established this award in honor of the late Richard P. Easter, former Director of the State Technical Assistance Team (STAT), who is remembered for his commitment and leadership in promoting statewide prevention efforts to better protect Missouri’s children. Since 2000, CTF has presented the award each year to a distinguished law enforcement officer in Missouri for exemplary contributions to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber, CTF Public Affair’s Coordinator Paula Cunningham, and STAT Investigations Manager Emerson ‘Skip’ McGuire presented the award to Becker before his family, fellow officers, peers and colleagues during the surprise appreciation ceremony.
The Partnership For Children (PFC), Kansas City, recently released the KIDS COUNT in Missouri 2012 Data Book documenting the status of children in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis. The annual publication is a collaborative project of the PFC through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) -University of Missouri, the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), and many other public and private organizations from across the state. The book was released by PFC and OSEDA April 2 at a press conference in conjunction with the CTF Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention in Jefferson City.
The resource provides information on measures of child well-being covering areas such as health, education, financial security, juvenile justice and child protection. Data for the report is compiled from more than 80 federal, state, county and municipal sources by OSEDA. Primary funding for the project is provided by Annie E. Casey and the Children’s Trust Fund.
Governor Jay Nixon recently declared April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Missouri. Over twenty individuals joined the Governor in his Capitol office for the March 6 ceremony including individuals from the Missouri House and Senate, division directors, child advocates, board members, and service providers. Many individuals present were members of the Missouri Prevention Partners (MPP) Coalition, a consortium of agencies, organizations and individuals who provide leadership to reduce child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities. View 2013 proclamation.
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Emily van Schenkhof, Missouri KidsFirst
Rep. Jill Schupp, District 82, Creve Coeur, CTF Board
Bob Harris, M.D., Columbia, CTF Board
Governor Jay Nixon
Candice Shively, DSS Children’s Division
Vivian Murphy, Jefferson City
Mary Chant, MO Coalition of Children’s Agencies
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Carolyn Swanigan, Office of Child Advocate
Shannon Stokes, One Hope United
Kirk Schreiber, CTF
Emily Smith, DMH
Maureen Hill, DSS-STAT
Mary List, DHHS
Patsy Carter, Ph.D., DMH
Debby Howland, KC Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition
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Paula Cunningham, CTF
Elise Herwig, Washington University
Carmen Schulze, Great Circle
Senator John Lamping, Dist. 24, St. Louis, CTF Board
Rep. Bill Lant, Dist. 159, Joplin, CTF Board
Emerson ‘Skip’ McGuire, DSS-STAT
Rodney Jones, DSS-STAT
Connie Berhorst, DPS
Erin Brower, Partnership for Children
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Child Welfare Information Gateway in conjunction with the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect and the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) is offering free copies of their 2013 Resource Guide Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: A Network for Action. The resource guide is developed for service providers and others who work to promote healthy families and prevent child abuse and neglect. The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) as the state CBCAP lead agency provides copies to each of their community prevention grant partners. Participants at the 2013 CTF Prevention Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect also received a copy.
The booklet includes valuable information about the six protective factors that help reduce the risk of child maltreatment, strategies for engaging communities to support families, information about child abuse – risk factors, why it occurs, identifying and reporting maltreatment and supporting parents and children with a history of trauma. Tip sheets for parents and caregivers are included in English and Spanish as well as a calendar of suggested activities to assist communities with child abuse prevention month planning. The protective factors help lay the foundation for prevention by helping parents build resiliency and social connections, providing concrete support and resources, and providing parents with knowledge of parenting including the importance of nurturing, attachment and appropriate developmental ages and stages.
Organizations, volunteers, and child advocates are encouraged to use this resource guide in their community throughout the year to promote healthy families and educate others about the cost-saving benefits and positive economic impact of prevention.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Friday, April 19 is Go Blue Day for Missouri’s kids. On that day, thousands of Missourians will wear blue, the official color of prevention, to show their support for children. Many other community events and activities are scheduled throughout the month to emphasize the critical importance of preventing child abuse and neglect and keeping children safe.
As part of planned events recognizing children around the state, the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) will be hosting over 265 child advocates, prevention partners, and many other stakeholders for its biennial state conference on child abuse & neglect prevention – The New River Story, April 2-4, 2013 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The St. Louis Family & Community Partnership is hosting its annual Child Abuse Prevention Month Rally on Friday, April 19 in St. Louis at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park. Missouri KidsFirst is hosting its 4th annual Pinwheels For Prevention Awareness Garden & Rally for Kids on Wednesday, April 17 at 12 noon on the south lawn of the Missouri Capitol. Over 1,000 pinwheels will be displayed and the Missouri Prevention Partners Coalition will be recognizing 28 communities who have shown leadership in child abuse prevention awareness. Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, A Great Circle Agency, is sponsoring the Be A Lifesaver – Prevent Child Abuse Campaign throughout the month of April in Springfield to bring awareness to child abuse and neglect in southwest Missouri. Wear Blue Day in Kansas City is also being observed on Friday, April 19 with the event sponsored by the Kansas City Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition. These are just a few of many other community events and activities scheduled around the state to recognize and bring awareness to child abuse and neglect. Click here for a list of scheduled events for April and throughout the year and download or print the Child Abuse Prevention Month flier (pictured).
Learn how to increase awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month and throughout the year through the 2013 Prevention Month web section on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website. The website features:
- Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Child Well-Being: Network to Action 2013 Resource Guide
- Tip sheets for parents & caregivers available in English and Spanish
- An activity calendar for April relating to the Six Protective Factors
- An online media toolkit for promoting April and prevention
- Prevention Month widgets to post on your website
According to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), child maltreatment in the United States costs an estimated $124 billion in health care expenses, productivity losses, use of the criminal justice system and more. The average lifetime cost for a nonfatal victim of child maltreatment is about $210,000, while the cost for a fatal case of child abuse is nearly $1.3 million.
Awareness about child abuse and neglect strengthens communities and builds support for children and families in the effort to prevent child abuse. Prevention is the insurance policy for good health, mental health, crime reduction, educational and economic prosperity for our next generation. We hope that you will join the Children’s Trust Fund in investing in Missouri’s children by supporting prevention efforts and organizations in your community in April and throughout the year.
The Children’s Trust Fund is deeply saddened by the passing of long-time CTF Board member and friend Lynne M. Cooper, D.Min. Lynne passed away peacefully at her St. Louis home March 16 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Lynne was a true champion and passionate advocate for Missouri’s children, families and the homeless. She was one of the founders of DOORWAYS, an Interfaith HIV/AIDS homeless ministry, and served as its President and most recently President Emeritus. She dedicated her life to making it a better place for all who were less fortunate. Lynne was appointed to the CTF Board of Directors in 2002 by Governor Holden and reappointed by Governor Nixon in 2009. We are so very grateful to have known Lynne and are thankful for her enthusiasm, encouraging words, contagious smile, sense of humor, and positive outlook on life. She will be truly missed.
With less than one month remaining, we hope that you are making plans to attend the state Child Abuse Neglect Prevention Conference April 2-4, 2013 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City, hosted by the Children’s Trust Fund. This year’s theme, The New River Story, will explore how spirit, science, and action all play an equally important role in preventing child maltreatment effectively. We are very excited about being able to offer prominent national and state speakers at a very affordable price. Registration is only $95 for the 3-day event and CEU’s are available! Plenary speakers include:
- Jeff Linkenbach, Ed.D., Montana State University; Montana Institute; & Most of Us.Org
- Robert Sege, M.D., Boston Medical Center
- Dr. Robert W. Block, M.D., Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics;
- Martha Reeder, National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds
- Rev. Starsky D. Wilson, Deaconess Foundation;
- Kelly Schutz, Missouri Office of Child Advocate
- and motivational speaker John O’Leary from Rising Above!
Workshops include Building Positive Community Norms in Prevention; early brain development and cognitive functioning; Mental Health First Aid; ACEs Study; New Science to Inform & Advance Prevention; Applying Spirit, Science, & Action to Child Maltreatment Prevention; Child Sexual Abuse Prevention; promising approaches for community based prevention; incorporating the Strengthening Families Protective Factors; effective strategic planning using the logic model; positive parenting for fathers; co-occurrence of domestic violence & child abuse; improving child outcomes through strengthening relationships, and much, much more!
Thank you to the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services, the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and Learfield Communications for helping to support this conference through partial sponsorship of our keynote presenters.
For questions pertaining to the conference contact Alicia by e-mail or (573)751-5147. This is an event that only occurs every two years so you won’t want to miss this training and networking opportunity. Thank you and we hope to see you April 2 in Jefferson City!
The Missouri Prevention Partners Coalition (MPP) is beginning to prepare for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April and would like to hear from communities about their successful prevention education, outreach and activities. MPP invites communities to submit a short application sharing efforts taken to prevent child abuse and neglect that should be recognized in your community. A community may be a geographic location, an agency, a coalition of agencies, a faith-based organization or a business.
The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013. Selected applicants will be notified by March 15, 2013. A minimum of ten applicants will be selected and recognized at the Children’s Trust Fund Conference April 2-4, 2013, and at the Missouri KidsFirst Pinwheels for Prevention Ceremony April 17, 2013 at the State Capitol.
Interested organizations should submit a completed application by March 1, 2013 to Marissa Gunther, Prevention Coordinator at Missouri KidsFirst, 520 Dix Road, Suite C, Jefferson City, MO 65109 or by email.
The Missouri Prevention Partners is a coalition of public and private statewide agencies that come together to provide leadership to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect by strengthening families and communities.
The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), Missouri’s Foundation for Child Abuse Prevention, welcomes Representative Bill Lant, Joplin, to the CTF Board of Directors. Rep. Lant was appointed on February 6, 2013 by Speaker of the House Timothy Jones. First elected to the House in 2010, Lant represents Newton and McDonald Counties (District 159) in southwest Missouri.
Lant is the owner of Lant’s Feed & Farm Supply. He previously worked as a salesman and account executive for ABF Freight Systems and is a former president of the Seneca R-7 School Board. His legislative duties include participating on the Joint Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect where he serves as Vice-Chair, the Committee on Professional Registration and Licensing, the Committee on Transportation, and Chair of the Workforce Development and Workplace Safety Committee.
“I feel extremely honored to be chosen by the Speaker to serve on the Trust Fund Board” said Lant.
A graduate of Collinsville High School in Illinois, Jasper County Junior College, and attended Pittsburgh State University, Lant and his wife, Jane, have three children, William, Stephen, and Craig.
The CTF Board of Directors is comprised of twenty-one members of whom seventeen public members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. In addition, four members are from the Missouri General Assembly, including two members from the Missouri Senate appointed by the President Pro Tem and two members from the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker.