January 19, 2017

Prevention $ense December 5, 2016

New Online Option to Report Child Abuse & Neglect

The Missouri Children’s Division has developed an online reporting system for use by mandated reporters. The online system is  for non-emergencies and allows mandated reporters more flexibility to make a non-emergency report at a time that is convenient for them. The system also allows mandated reporters to avoid wait times sometimes experienced using the 800 number. Please see the attached flyer for more information about how to make a hotline report online. Please share this new information with any mandated reporters who may be interested.

Abuse & Neglect Reporting Tool

New ACEs Study from the CDC

ACEs Study from CDCA new CDC study about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) shows early adversity can impact adult education, employment, and income.

Adverse childhood experiences and life opportunities: Shifting the narrative, published in the October 2016 edition of Children and Youth Services Review, shows people who reported four or more ACEs were less likely to complete high school and more likely to be unemployed and live in a household with an income below the federal poverty level than those who reported no ACEs. Current efforts to prevent adversity early in life, including child abuse and neglect, may be more effective if they broaden public and professional understanding of the links between early adversity and poverty. The study stresses that prevention should address barriers in society that limit access to education, employment, and income and that perpetuate poverty across generations.

Experiences “Weigh in” for the Holidays

A new study from Cornell University indicates people feel more grateful for what they have done than for what they have and that feeling of gratitude also leads to more generous behavior. Learn more from Public News Service (MO) November 30, 2016.

New Year's 2017

Dads Mentoring Dads Program

Dads Mentoring DadsDads Mentoring Dads, a prevention program based in Rolla, provides new and inexperienced dads facing challenging circumstances with a mentor. Read more & hear about the program from Prevention Consultants of Missouri Director Jamie Myers.


Prevention $ense November 21, 2016

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

A new, landmark Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.   The report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. For the full report and executive summary, visit https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/

New Publication from Project Launch

Project LaunchProject Launch, with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ,is pleased to provide a new publication written by Project LAUNCH grantees, the only cohort funded solely at the community level.  The publication Implementation of Young Child Wellness Strategies in a Unique Cohort of Local Communities describes the innovative strategies these grantees used to improve outcomes for children, families and communities. The e-Book is rich with creative approaches, lessons learned, and illustrative data from communities that can effectively inform future early childhood efforts in communities.

2017 Missouri Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention

Please make plans to attend the Missouri Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, Thursday & Friday, March 23 & 24, 2017, Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.   Come network with colleagues and learn more about many successful prevention strategies, initiatives, & models including:

  • What makes families & communities resilient;
  • Engaging parent leaders;
  • How to effectively implement a Parent Café’s;
  • Identifying Adverse Childhood Experiences & applying Trauma Informed Care in your work;
  • The new Missouri-based online training for mandated reporters;
  • Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training for child sexual abuse prevention;
  • Strong Parents, Stable Children Training on the protective factors to keep families healthy & safe;
  • The Focus on Fatherhood Program;
  • Effectively telling the prevention story;
  • Understanding & using cost analysis;
  • Missouri Kids Count;
  • Inspiring the Warrior Spirit within you;
  • And much, much more!

Registration is only $95.  Please visit ctf4kids.org to register online in January.

CTF Featured Grantee – Cubbies Who Care

Cubbies Who CareThe successful Cubbies Who Care program is part of Jefferson City School District’s Southwest Early Childhood Center, with the mission to provide conscious discipline education for parents and to be used in classrooms.  Hear Principal Nicole Langston and  Family Advocate Lisa Dierking as they talk about the program’s areas of focus and purpose.


Giving Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Giving Tuesday - 2016#GivingTuesday™ is a movement to create a national day of giving added to the calendar on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This is the fifth annual event. #GivingTuesday is a special call to action and creates a national day of giving around the annual shopping and spending season to inspire giving every day. CTF has become a #GivingTuesday partner to encourage families and individuals to be generous in whatever ways matter to them, whether that means volunteering at a local charity or donating to a favorite cause. The following is a list of ways that CTF is promoting #GivingTuesday and encouraging you to do what you can to help us prevent child abuse and neglect across Missouri.

  • Does your employer offer matching gift donations? Consider making a #GivingTuesday donation today.
  • Donate to CTF in a number of ways. Learn more.
  • Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for updates on #GivingTuesday.
  • Be a social media ambassador yourself for #GivingTuesday. Share the message on your social media accounts.

Mentor for Teen Parents

mglogowebThe Mentor for Teen Parents prevention program is offered through Marygrove therapeutic residential treatment facility located in Florissant.  Marygrove provides care for children, teens and young adults with behavioral and psychiatric disorders, mostly related to early life trauma. The Mentor for Teen Parents program focuses on supporting pregnant and parenting teens who are currently in transitional and independent living programs. Through a mentor or case manager, teen parents receive education and guidance for child abuse prevention, mental health, child development, child care, and community resources and housing. Mentors demonstrate how to live productively while raising a child. CTF funding supports mentors and case managers, both critical positions that directly impact teen parents and their children. We spoke with members from the Marygrove senior management team about the importance of independent and community support.

Rose Crofford, Marygrove Chief Operations Officer, talks about the importance of teen parents learning to support themselves and their children.

AUDIO: Importance of self-reliance for parenting teens

Kathryn Feldt, Marygrove Chief Development Officer, says community support greatly enhances the program’s success.

AUDIO: Community support

Dads Mentoring Dads

dads-mentoring-dadsDads Mentoring Dads is a program provided by Prevention Consultants of Missouri in Rolla. It’s designed to provide new or inexperienced dads, who may face challenging circumstances, with a mentor who will provide guidance toward successful fatherhood. Men of all ages are recruited so that the mentors can be matched up with a mentee they can best relate with. Participant dads may be referred by Family Court, Children’s Division, other local agencies, or may simply request on their own to become involved in this voluntary program. Mentors will work to develop a positive and supportive relationship for a minimum of one year. In Rolla alone, more than 900 families with children under 18 have no father figure in the home. For more than 350 homes in the area, grandparents are the primary caregivers.

We spoke with Jamie Myers, Executive Director, to learn more about Dads Mentoring Dads. He says, “We are excited about the opportunity CTF has given us to develop this unique method of reaching dads who have struggled to be engaged in their children’s lives. We have an active evaluation plan that should give us some good data and outcomes to report as the program continues.”

AUDIO: Myers talks about steps taken to provide a successful program:

AUDIO: Myers describes some of the setbacks fathers may have that the program can help them overcome.

The Dads Mentoring Dads program is currently looking for volunteers who would like to give back. For more information, visit preventionconsultants.org or call 573-368-4755.

Cubbies Who Care Program

Cubbies Who CareThe Cubbies Who Care program is part of Jefferson City School District’s Southwest Early Childhood Center, with the mission to provide conscious discipline education for parents and to be used in classrooms. Conscious Discipline©, is an evidenced-based parent education curriculum built on current brain research, child development information and developmentally appropriate parenting practices. The curriculum is designed to empower parents to consciously respond to, rather than unconsciously react to, everyday conflict.  The Cubbies Who Care program focuses on four areas of interest: parent meetings, staff and community, Parents as Teachers, and teens as parents. Funded in part through a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), Cubbies Who Care uses surveys to determine the needs of at risk parents. Many of the families participating are affected by poverty and nearly 80% of the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Program students have one or more developmental delays. With the help of Southwest Early Childhood Center staff and volunteers, Cubbies Who Care is able to provide parents with the resources needed to support their children.

We spoke with Nicole Langston, Principal of Southwest Early Childhood Center, and Lisa Dierking, Family Advocate for Southwest Early Childhood Center, about the Cubbies Who Care program.

AUDIO: Lisa Dierking talks about her role, as well as the structure of the Cubbies Who Care program.

Through small parent meetings, Title One and Early Childhood Special Education families have the opportunity to connect with each other, and to come together and learn together.

AUDIO: Nicole Langston explains the needs of local childcare providers.

Community surveys allow for needs to be assessed, but more importantly provide information on how these issues can be solved.

AUDIO: Learn about the other two focuses within the Cubbies Who Care program.

The Parents as Teachers program provides community-wide meetings for all parents, while the Teens as Parents program focuses on teen parents by providing positive, conscious discipline examples.

AUDIO: Find out how one Missouri business supports Cubbies Who Care.

Scholastic gives away books during every parent meeting. Because of this support, every family that attends a parent meeting receives two books.

AUDIO: Hear how Cubbies Who Care is using the Children’s Trust Fund grant.

Through the CTF grant, the Cubbies Who Care program has been able to provide useful materials for parents and families.

AUDIO: Nicole Langston talks about the long term goals for the program.

The overall purpose of the Cubbies Who Care program is to build up our community, while providing parents the skills needed to mold children with positive futures.

For more information about the Cubbies Who Care program, call (573) 659-3026.

Prevention $ense September 19, 2016

September – National Baby Safety Month

September is National Baby Safety Month in which the Missouri Safe Sleep Coalition is focusing on Safe to Sleep practices for infants.  The Coalition has been convening over the last several months with the goal of increasing efforts of safe sleep awareness and education across the state. Coalition members include….read full article.

7 Ways Childhood Adversity Changes a Child’s Brain

Advertising on Child's BrainIn this article the science of early adversity and how it changes the brain is discussed – from the blog ACES Too High.



Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence Tied to Later Increased Suicide Risk

Domestic ViolenceCanadian researchers found that about 17% of adults who were exposed to chronic parental domestic violence as children made suicide attempts, compared with about 2% of those who didn’t witness parental domestic violence. The findings in the journal Child: Care, Health and Development, based on data involving more than 22,500 Canadian adults, also showed that nearly 17% of those who were sexually abused and more than 12% of those who were physically abused during childhood had attempted suicide at least once. Read full article from Health Day.

How to Help Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry outlines how to help children exposed to domestic violence.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

dmvamDomestic violence (DV) impacts people of all ages and from all walks of life. In the United States, nearly 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have suffered from severe physical violence from a partner. To bring attention to our nation’s dedication to eliminating this issue,  Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) has been observed each October since 1987.  DVAM is intended to help the nation mourn those who have been lost as a result of domestic violence, celebrate those who have survived, and connect those seeking to end the violence.

Children exposed to DV can be adversely affected as well. They can feel isolated; be unable to empathize with others; and suffer other emotional, mental, and social damage. Child Welfare Information Gateway has several publications and resources to help professionals better serve families and children who are affected by DV, such as Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare System and Promoting Protective Factors for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Guide for Practitioners. More information is available in Information Gateway’s Domestic Violence web section. Also, the following organizations can provide technical assistance, training, and resources for professionals and families:

For more information, visit Child Welfare Information Gateway.
(Article adapted from Child Welfare Information Gateway.)

Providing Safe Sleep Environments for Babies

safesleepcribSIDS Resources, Inc. located in St. Louis, is a private, not-for-profit network that connects people to programs, services and information relating to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in Missouri.  As a long time partner of the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), SIDS Resources serves as a distribution center for safe cribs in the St. Louis and Kansas City regions.

Utilizing funds from the sale of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate, SIDS Resources provides a Pack n’ Play safe crib and crib sheets benefiting low income or at-risk families with infants.  The program identifies eligible families through referrals from many surrounding community partners including Catholic Charities, St. Louis County Health Department, Family Care Health Centers, Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Center and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.  The program focuses on removing the economic barrier that families face in terms of providing a safe sleeping environment for their babies. In addition to presenting parents in need with a safe crib, community volunteers and staff members work to educate and inform families on safe sleep practices and reducing the risk of SIDS for their infants.

We spoke with Lori Behrens, Executive Director, SIDS Resources, Inc. about the importance of the partnership with CTF.

AUDIO: Behrens on CTF as a reliable funding source

She says community partners assist the program in a number of ways from letting them know who may need assistance, to lending a hand when their own resources get low.

AUDIO: Behrens on additional support

Behrens says the Safe Sleep program is the best way to inform and educate the public on safe sleep practices for children. She says the in-person contact made through the pack-n-play program offers an expanded opportunity to educate parents and caregivers.

AUDIO: Safe Sleep Pack-n-Play Distribution Program

CTF license plate marketing partner organizations throughout Missouri help promote and sell the plates to increase prevention awareness and raise funds that are returned directly back into the community to provide prevention programs that help children and families.

For more information go to SIDS Resources, Inc. or call 800-421-3511.


PODCAST: ABC’s of Safe Sleep

CTF - Lori BehrensSeptember is National Baby Safety Month. In this podcast, Kirk Schreiber, CTF Executive Director, discusses the steps to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) with Lori Behrens, Executive Director, SIDS Resources. They talk about the basic recommendations for providing a safe sleeping environment for infants and how to reduce the risk of SIDS. Through the ABC’s of Safe Sleep, listeners are given specific guidelines on how they can prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome while providing the safest sleeping environment for their children.