April 29, 2016

CTF Board Member Honored

Nanci A Bobrow Ph DChildren’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board member Nanci A. Bobrow, Ph.D., St. Louis, was honored by Nurses For Newborns (NFN) on April 17, 2016 at the 18th Annual A Night for Newborns Dinner Auction presented by World Wide Technology, Inc.  Dr. Bobrow is the 3rd recipient of the Champion for Families Award, a special award honoring those who dedicate their lives to helping children.

Dr. Bobrow, a licensed psychologist, served on the CTF Board of Directors from 2000 – 2008 and was appointed in 2012 by Governor Nixon where she continues in this position.  She was CTF Board Chair from 2005 – 2007.  She has been a member of the NFN Board of Directors since 2007 and served as Board President 2010 – 2012.  Dr. Bobrow is also active with the St. Louis Crisis Nursery, Vision for Children at Risk and the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) St. Louis Section and previously served on the State Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board.  She has several publications, honors and awards including the 1996 Woman of Achievement Award.

Nurses for Newborns provides a safety net for families most at-risk in order to prevent infant mortality, child abuse and neglect by providing in-home nursing visits which promote healthcare, education, and positive parenting skills in Missouri and Tennessee.

View Champion for Families Award 4-17-2016

Governor Appoints Wiseman to CTF Board

wiseman_derekThe Children’s Trust Fund welcomes Derek J. Wiseman, St. Louis, to the CTF Board of Directors.  Wiseman was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon with the appointment confirmed by the Senate on April 14.

Wiseman is an attorney with Husch Blackwell law firm in St. Louis and a graduate of Washington University School of Law. He is an assistant coach of the law school’s national moot court team, and had been a member of the team while in law school. Wiseman was president of the student body at the University of Central Missouri, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He and his wife, Eve, are the proud parents of two children.  Wiseman replaces Susan Block, St. Louis, who has served on the Board since 2009.  The Governor has appointed him for a term ending Sept. 15, 2018.

The CTF Board of Directors is comprised of twenty-one volunteer members, seventeen of whom are public members appointed by the Governor, with twelve of those members requiring confirmation by the Senate, two from the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House, and two from the Missouri Senate appointed by the President Pro Tem.  Public members may serve up to two consecutive 3-year terms.

2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book

2016 Data-book-CoverThe Family & Community Trust (FACT), recently released the 2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book documenting the status of  children in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.  The annual report is a collaborative project of FACT, the Annie E. Casey FoundationOffice of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) -University of Missouri, the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), and 20 Community Partnerships from across the state.  The book was released during an April 5 press conference at the University of Missouri.

The report provides an annual, state and county-level analysis of
child well-being measuring indicators of Economic Security, Child Protection and Safety, Education and Health.  Data for the report is compiled from more than 80 federal, state, county and municipal sources by OSEDA.

To examine trends over time, Missouri KIDS COUNT compared the most current data (2014) to 2010 baseline data, which revealed that seven outcome measures improved in Missouri during this time period including:  births to teens, unintentional injury, annual high school dropouts, births to mothers without a high school diploma, infant mortality, child deaths and low birth-weight infants.  Outcomes that worsened during the same time period include children under 18 in poverty, child abuse/neglect and family assessments, and children entering/re-entering state custody.

Primary funding for the project is provided by Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Children’s Trust Fund.

2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book (pdf)

2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT County Pages (pdf)

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April is Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Month

CAPMflyer2016April is Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month here in Missouri and across the country.  This year’s theme focuses on Building Community, Building Hope. Many communities around the state are gearing up for events and activities scheduled throughout the month to emphasize the critical importance of preventing child abuse and neglect and keeping children safe.  Go Blue Day for Missouri’s kids is scheduled for Friday, April 8.  Please join us along with thousands of Missourians on that day in wearing blue to promote the safety and well being of Missouri’s kids and the importance of child abuse prevention.  Please visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website for additional resources and ideas.

 

Building Community, Building Hope – 2016 Prevention Resource Guide 

2016 Prevention Resource GuideThe 2016 Prevention Resource Guide – Building Community, Building Hope is now available to download.  The resource guide is produced annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and FRIENDS National Resource Center to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.  Released in preparation for April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this guide provides information that anyone can use and share throughout the year.  ________________________________

 

Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities

CECANF-final-reportAfter two years of meetings, research and deliberations, the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities issued their final report and recommendations on March 17. The 168-page report, entitled “Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities,” presents recommendations for actions that the Commission believes will be effective in ending these deaths as the result of child abuse and neglect.   Also download the helpful fact sheet.

 

Child Advocacy Day 2016

ChildAdvocacyPlan to attend Child Advocacy Day, Wednesday April 6, 2016, Missouri State Capitol.   In its 34th year, Missouri’s annual Child Advocacy Day is an opportunity for parents, child advocates and communities to speak up and ask lawmakers to make the health, safety, and education of Missouri’s children a top priority for the state.  Register here.

 

Within Our Reach:  A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities

CECANF-final-reportThe Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities issued a final report and recommendations on March 17, 2016. The 168-page report, entitled “Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities,” presents 10 recommendations for actions to help organizations and communities implement a strategic response to protect children at high risk of fatality from abuse or neglect.

With the release of the report the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds offered the following statement expressing appreciation for the work completed:

We applaud the important work of the Commission in identifying strategies, approaches and policies to support children and families so that every child in our nation can thrive,” commented Teresa Rafael, Executive Director of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. “We commend the Commission on their dedicated approach in reviewing what is working in communities across the country and carefully considering their recommendations and issuing their call to action in protecting our nation’s children. It is particularly noteworthy that during its review and deliberations, the Commission sought the advice of parent advocates and highlighted their testimony and recommendations.  We are pleased that the Commission has recommended the need to transform our child welfare systems for the 21st century to incorporate a public health approach that works beyond traditional child protection systems to a broader cross systems approach. Supporting children and families and the work of eliminating child abuse and neglect fatalities will require collective action from community leaders, parents, public and private partners and policy makers. The Alliance is eager to work with lawmakers and others to support this important work of advancing our shared goal of eliminating child fatalities and helping every child in America have the great childhoods they deserve.”

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities
Full Report:  Within Our Reach
CECANF Fact Sheet

Aiding in the Development of Vital Parenting Skills

YWCA St JosephParenting for Prevention increases the availability of parenting classes and works to reach parents at their cognitive level. The program has been wholey funded by CTF and offered through the YWCA of St. Joseph.  Two ten-week sessions are held to provide parents information and to help develop parenting skills necessary to raising healthy children and to decrease the risk of child abuse and neglect. One of the program’s focuses is teaching parents how to interact with their children, and helping them understand that every child has a different personality so no one tactic will work with all. The program focuses on children 2 to 12 years old.

Class topics center around understanding child development, developing positive family communications, building positive social and emotional skills in both parent and child (responsiveness, sensitivity, nurturing), discipline and appropriate behavior management, and promoting self-reliance by sharing information from community services like Parents as TeachersEarly Head StartCircle of Parents, Success by Six and others.

We spoke with Ellen Kisker, YWCA Prevention Educator, to learn more about Parenting for Prevention.

AUDIO: Ellen discusses one of the most common concerns of parents, discipline, and how the program’s materials help the parents.

AUDIO: Ellen discusses the short- and long-term goal of Parenting for Prevention.

For more information visit ywcasj.org or call Ellen at 816-232-4481.

Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Month 2016

CAPMflyer2016April is Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month here in Missouri and across the country.  This year’s theme focuses on, “Building Community, Building Hope.” Many communities around the state are gearing up for events and activities scheduled throughout the month to emphasize the critical importance of preventing child abuse and neglect and keeping children safe.  Go Blue Day  for Missouri’s kids is scheduled for Friday, April 8.  Please join thousands of Missourians on that day in wearing blue to promote the safety and well being of Missouri’s kids and the importance of child abuse prevention. Prevention begins with each of us – in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, schools, churches and wherever children and families congregate.  To learn how to support meaningful and measurable change in children’s well-being, and how to engage families and communities in the prevention of child maltreatment, please explore the following resources:

Building Community, Building Hope – 2016 Resource Guide

2016ResourceGuide-CoverThe 2016 Prevention Resource Guide – Building Community, Building Hope is now available to download.  The resource guide is produced annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and FRIENDS National Resource Center to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.  The 2016 guide was developed with input from numerous national organizations, federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families and communities.

Released in preparation for April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this guide provides information that anyone can use and share throughout the year including:
– information about the protective factors known to prevent child abuse;
– understanding child maltreatment;
– tools to help build community awareness and support;
– tip sheets for parents in English & Spanish; and
– activity calendars for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Connecting Parents to their Babies with Operation Connect

clip from incredible years vidThe Operation Connect (formerly known as Caregiver Connections) program focuses on parenting education and parent-child attachment using The Incredible Years Parenting Series and Theraplay. This Kansas City-based program is funded in part through a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), and housed within Operation Breakthrough.

Operation Breakthrough’s mission is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving, and educational environment. Incredible Years is an evidence-based curriculum incorporating parent, teacher and child social skills training.  Theraplay is an established method for improving the parent-child relationship using the four dimensions of healthy interaction-Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge as its framework.  The program targets high-risk families, especially those with multiple risk factors.

We spoke with Brijin Gardner, Director of Clinical and Social Services for Operation Connect, about the program.

AUDIO: Brijin talks about the program’s domino effect.

The majority of families served by Operation Connect are working or in school and have inflexible work schedules, and parents who don’t have access to insurance or mental health services.

AUDIO: What are Brijin’s ultimate goals for Operation Connect?

The Center strives to support and empower the children’s families through education, advocacy, referral services, and emergency aid.

AUDIO: How Operation Connect helped one mom during a stressful time with her child.

The majority of moms don’t recognize themselves as a change agent in their child’s lives. Operation Connect equips parents with knowledge that they are a change agent in the life of their child.

AUDIO: Brijin explains her vision while creating the program and incorporating Theraplay.

For more information, please call Operation Breakthrough at 816-756-3511.

 

CTF Welcomes New Board Members

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes  Sharon E. Rohrbach, St. Louis, and James D. Anderst, M.D., Kansas City, to the CTF Board of Directors.  Both were appointed by Governor Jay Nixon on March 2, 2016 and will begin serving immediately.

Sharon RohrbachRohrbach is a Registered Nurse and the President of Dynamic Change, LLC, an organizational consulting company serving non-profit agencies across the nation.   She is the founder and past CEO of Nurses for Newborns Foundation with offices in St. Louis and Nashville, TN.  She also previously served on the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, the Governor’s Task Force to Reform Missouri State Government and the Missouri State Early Childhood Coordinating Board.  Rohrbach replaces Patrice Mugg of Kirkwood who had served on the Board since 2005.

James Anderst, M.D.Anderst is a Pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO where he has served since 2008.   He is currently Division Chief of the Division of Child Abuse and Neglect at the hospital.  He also serves as a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics for the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine.  He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Helfer Society, the State Task Force on Children’s Justice, the State Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children, the Missouri SAFE/CARE Network, and the Kansas City Children’s Protection Center Agency Partner’s Committee. Anderst replaces Robert ‘Bob’ Harris, M.D., Columbia, who had previously served on the Board for a number of years.

The CTF Board of Directors is comprised of twenty-one volunteer members, seventeen of whom are public members appointed by the Governor, with twelve of those members requiring confirmation by the Senate, two from the House of Representatives appointed by the Speaker of the House, and two from the Missouri Senate appointed by the President Pro Tem. Public members may serve up to two consecutive 3-year terms.