February 22, 2017

CTF Welcomes New Board Members

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes State Representative Lauren Arthur, Kansas City, and Nicholas P. Heberle, St. Louis, formerly of Jefferson City to the CTF Board of Directors.

Rep. Arthur was appointed by Missouri House Speaker Todd Richardson on February 13. She represents Clay County (District 18) where she was re-elected to her second two-year term in November 2016.

In addition to her legislative duties, Rep. Arthur works as a Project Manager at VML, a global advertising agency.   Previously she worked in Kansas City as a middle school teacher; teaching English Language Arts at Urban Community Leadership Academy, a charter school in Kansas City.

Rep. Arthur is a graduate of the International Baccalaureate Program from North Kansas City High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in History from Smith College, Northampton, MA, and a Master’s in Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  She and her husband Russell Shankland reside in Kansas City.

Nicholas ‘Nick’ Heberle, St. Louis, was appointed January 6 to a board member at-large position by Governor Jay Nixon.

Heberle currently serves as Assistant Circuit Attorney at the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.  Previously he served in the Governor’s Office as Deputy Counsel, Deputy Legislative Director, and Deputy Chief of Staff.

Heberle earned his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, and his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. He was recognized in 2016 with the Up and Coming Lawyers Award by Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

The CTF Board of Directors is comprised of twenty-one members, seventeen of whom are public members appointed by the Governor with twelve of those needing 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.

Report – Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri

The Missouri Child Fatality Review Program’s (CFRP) 2015 Annual Report – Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri is now available. The report provides a statistical breakdown of child injuries and deaths both accidental and non-accidental by county and statewide.  It also contains information about keeping children safe and reducing the chances for injuries and/or fatalities from occurring.  Issued by the State Technical Assistance Team (STAT), Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS), the report provides information about Missouri’s Child Fatality Review Program and reflects the work of many dedicated professionals throughout the state who strive to improve and protect the lives of Missouri’s youngest citizens.

  • The report indicates that in calendar year 2015, 966 child deaths were reported to STAT.
  • Sixty-four child deaths involved fatal child abuse and neglect by inflicted physical injury and/or grossly negligent treatment by a parent or caretaker, regardless of motive or intent. (Reference report p. 40)
  • In 2015, 27 Missouri children died from inflicted injury at the hands of a parent or caretaker. (Reference report p. 42)
  • The remaining 37 child neglect deaths were initially listed as unintentional, natural, non-caretaker homicide or undetermined manner of death, but the CFRP panels believed that gross negligence by a parent or caretaker contributed to child’s death. (Reference report p. 42)
  • Twenty-eight (44%) of the total 64 child abuse/neglect deaths were children under one year of age, 23 (36%) children were ages one to four. (Reference report p. 40)
  • The three leading causes of child abuse/neglect fatalities were from suffocation/strangulation (19), abusive head trauma (9) and vehicular crashes due to impairment and/or lack of appropriate restraint (9). (Reference report p. 40)

Previous CFRP annual reports can be accessed here.

Help Us Check Off Child Abuse

Missourians help children each and every day in a variety of ways.  One quick and easy way is to make a charitable donation to the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) on your Missouri tax form.  Your gift through Missouri’s Tax Check-off Program makes a BIG difference to a child at risk for abuse and neglect.  A child’s experiences have a direct link to their health and well-being in adulthood. Investing in children early in their life is key to helping them have a successful future.

View the new Check-Off Child Abuse Video

Since 1983, CTF has invested millions in best practice child abuse prevention programs in communities around the state.  Programs that strengthen families like parent education, family support, home visiting, mentoring, safe sleep practices, sexual abuse prevention, fatherhood and grandparent support, and many other effective prevention services are possible because Missourians like you make a gift on their Missouri tax return. CTF receives no general revenue, so all of its public education, prevention resources, and community based grant programs are made possible through dedicated fees and donations, such as through the tax check off program.

CTF HandprintsJust look for the child’s handprints on your Missouri State Income Tax Return and designate any amount over $2 to CTF by making your mark to contribute.    Your donation may also be deducted on next year’s federal tax return, and with a $25 or more donation, you are eligible to purchase a CTF prevent child abuse license plate for your vehicle…the one with the green hand-prints. 

Whether you do it yourself, file electronically or enlist the help of a tax professional, please consider donating a portion of your refund to CTF.  The Missouri Department of Revenue will send your donation directly to CTF where it will be used to support Strong Families, Safe Kids.  We thank you and Missouri’s kids thank you!

Together we CAN check off child abuse!

PODCAST: Parent Leadership & Support

Sam Blue

Sam Blue

February is National Parent Leadership Month in which communities across the country honor and celebrate parents who work to strengthen their families, neighbors and communities. In this podcast (recorded in 2016), Sam Blue, Community Engagement Specialist for Vision for Children At Risk through Project LAUNCH, St. Louis, discusses with CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber the importance of supporting parents through both the “big” and the “small” parenting moments, victories and challenges. Blue talks about the power of encouragement and how it can bring organizations and communities together.


Other helpful resources for parent enrichment

FRIENDS Strategies for Parent Leadership & Engagement

FRIENDS National Parent Advisory Council

Text For Parents

Positive Parenting Tips

Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Families

Child Maltreatment 2015 Report Available

Child Maltreatment 2015 is now available from the Administration for Children & Families, Department of Health & Human Services.   Based on State-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), this 26th edition of the Child Maltreatment series presents an aggregate view of child abuse and neglect in the United States. The resource includes information on the reports made to child protective services (CPS), the children involved in CPS cases, child fatalities, perpetrators of child abuse and neglect, and available services.

Highlights from Child Maltreatment 2015 include the following:

  • Neglect was the most common type of child maltreatment in 2015, which 75.3 percent of victims experienced.
  • For States able to report on the alcohol abuse caregiver risk factor, 10.3 percent of victims and 5.5 percent of non victims were reported with this caregiver risk factor. For reporting States, 25.4 percent of victims and 8.1 percent of non victims were reported with the drug abuse caregiver risk factor.
  • For 2015, an estimated 1,670 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.25 deaths per 100,000.

Child Maltreatment 2015 (full report – PDF)
Child Maltreatment reports 1995–2014
Children’s Bureau

Prevention $ense January 31, 2017

2017 CTF Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention

It’s time to register for this year’s CTF State Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect PreventionMarch 23 & 24, 2017, Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. This year’s conference will focus on resilience, engaging parent leaders, building protective factors, and much, much more!

Conference headliners include:

  • Suzanne Greenberg, President & CEO of Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Saginaw County Michigan;
  • David Schramm, Ph.D., Family Life Specialist & Assistant Professor at Utah State University, Logan, Utah;
  • D.J. ‘Eagle Bear’ Vanas, Motivational Storyteller & Leadership Expert, Colorado Springs, Colorado;
  • Carolyn Abdullah, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Registration is only $95 per person for the entire event with up to 9 training hours available. View or download 2017 conference program and visit our conference webpage. You won’t want to miss this one! We hope to see you in March.


Annual Report Highlights CTF Work

The Children’s Trust Fund Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 highlights CTF’s prevention activities, grants, public education campaigns, training and partnerships from July 2015 through June 2016.  During that time, CTF awarded over $1.8 million in prevention funding to support 103 community-based programs providing home visiting, safe crib, crisis nursery, mentoring, parent education, sexual abuse prevention, family support, fatherhood initiatives, integrating the protective factors, public awareness, training and much more.   View or download annual report .


Child Maltreatment Report Available

Child Maltreatment 2015 presents an aggregate view of child abuse and neglect in the United States based on State-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). This resource includes information on the reports made to child protective services (CPS), the children involved in CPS cases, child fatalities, perpetrators of child abuse and neglect, and available services.

Highlights from Child Maltreatment 2015 include the following:

  • Neglect was the most common type of child maltreatment in 2015, which 75.3 percent of victims experienced.
  • For States able to report on the alcohol abuse caregiver risk factor, 10.3 percent of victims and 5.5 percent of non victims were reported with this caregiver risk factor. For reporting States, 25.4 percent of victims and 8.1 percent of non victims were reported with the drug abuse caregiver risk factor.
  • For 2015, an estimated 1,670 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.25 deaths per 100,000.

The full Child Maltreatment 2015 report is available to view and download on the Children’s Bureau website, along with access to archived Child Maltreatment reports 1995–2014.


Check Off Child Abuse/Neglect

It’s tax time again and a gift to CTF through Missouri’s Tax Check-off Programmakes a BIG difference in the life of a child at risk for abuse and neglect.  A child’s experiences have a direct link to their health and well-being in adulthood. Investing in children early in their life is key to helping them have a successful future. Last year generous Missourians donated $133,308 to CTF through the tax check-off program. This year, thanks to Missourians like you, we are hopeful to equal and even exceed that amount. So whether you file electronically or the traditional way, it’s easy to make a donation to CTF. Just look for the child’s handprints. With your help we ARE making a difference in preventing abuse and neglect and building strong families. Check out our new :30 video!

Prevention $ense January 17, 2017

Registration Is Now Open for CTF Prevention Conference

Please join CTF and other community, national and statewide prevention advocates, practitioners and parents for this year’s CTF State Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect PreventionMarch 23 & 24, 2017, Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. This year’s conference will focus on resilience, engaging parent leaders, building protective factors, and much, much more!

Conference headliners include:

  • Suzanne Greenberg, President & CEO of Child Abuse & Neglect Council of Saginaw County Michigan;
  • David Schramm, Ph.D., Family Life Specialist & Assistant Professor at Utah State University, Logan, Utah;
  • D.J. ‘Eagle Bear’ Vanas, Motivational Storyteller & Leadership Expert, Colorado Springs, Colorado;
  • Carolyn Abdullah, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Registration is only $95 per person for the entire event with CEU’s available. This conference occurs only every two years, so you don’t want to miss it. We hope to see you in March.


Raising the Stakes for Early Childhood Education

CTF grantee, University City Children’s Center (UCCC), St. Louis, has begun using apprentices to help meet the needs and rigors of their expanding program. St. Louis Public Radio recently aired a segment on this innovative approach to meet the demands of their workforce needs while providing valuable on-the-job training that will enable aspiring early childhood professionals to get closer to receiving their Child Development Associate credential.


New Web-based Resources

The FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) is pleased to announce the release of new web-based resources available on the FRIENDS website. To learn more about each resource visit https://friendsnrc.org//.

Register for 2017 CTF Prevention Conference

Registration is open for the Children’s Trust Fund’s biennial state child abuse/neglect prevention conference March 23 & 24, 2017 Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. This year’s conference theme is “Resilience:  Everyone, Everywhere”.  Please join CTF and other community, national and state prevention leaders, advocates and practitioners as we prepare for April as Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month and provide opportunities to learn and share about current strategies in the field of prevention.

Registration is only $95 per person for the entire event including up to 9 training hours available.   For questions pertaining to the conference please contact Alicia by e-mail or call 573-751-5147.  We also encourage you to share with others by e-mail, through social media and the web.  This is an event that only occurs every two years so you won’t want to miss it.

View or download 2017 Conference Program

Visit CTF 2017 Conference Webpage

Register Here

Report Highlights Work of CTF

The Children’s Trust Fund Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 highlights CTF’s prevention activities, grants, public education campaigns, training and partnerships from July 2015 through June 2016.  During that time, CTF awarded over $1.8 million in prevention funding to support 103 community-based programs providing home visiting, safe crib, crisis nursery, mentoring, parent education, sexual abuse prevention, family support, fatherhood initiatives, integrating the protective factors, public awareness, training and much more. Since its inception in 1983, CTF has awarded nearly $56 million in funding statewide from donations and dedicated fees to strengthen Missouri’s families and prevent child abuse, neglect.  During FY 2016, over 127,000 of Missouri’s children, parents, caregivers, and those who work with families were directly served through CTF’s prevention funds.   Thousands of others benefited from CTF’s public prevention campaigns and free materials.

CTF Discretionary Grant Funds Available

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) will be accepting grant applications for discretionary prevention programs for state Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) after March 1, 2017. Discretionary grants are designed to be responsive to low-cost prevention projects or needs identified by communities, organizations or agencies. A maximum of $5,000 per grant award may be requested per application. Grants are for one year and must be specifically aimed at primary and secondary prevention of child abuse/neglect including projects that strengthen and support families.  Applications will be accepted for consideration until all approved funding has been obligated. For additional information please contact CTF Program Coordinator Laura Malzner (573-751-6511).

CTF Discretionary Application FY 2018 (Word)
CTF Discretionary Application FY 2018 (PDF)

Additionally, the CTF Board of Directors and program staff will be conducting a strategic review over the next several months of  the CTF general child abuse/neglect grant funding process.  Due to the potential for changes to the funding cycle, application and award process, as well as subsequent impact on encumbered funds over time, the CTF  Board has made the decision to not solicit applications for first-year general prevention programs for the FY 2018 contract period.  CTF will continue to fund general child abuse and neglect prevention projects eligible for renewal in FY 2018. Questions regarding the general child abuse and neglect prevention grant program may also be directed to Laura Malzner.