November 29, 2015

Mugg Receives 2015 Chair Award

(L to R) Patrice Mugg, Charmaine Smith, Kirk Schreiber

(L to R) Patrice Mugg, Charmaine Smith, Kirk Schreiber

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), Missouri’s foundation for child abuse and neglect prevention, recently presented the 2015 Chair Award to Patrice Mugg of Kirkwood in recognition of her outstanding dedication, commitment and service for her efforts toward improving the well-being of children.

Originally appointed by former Governor Matt Blunt, Mugg has been a member of the CTF Board of Directors from March 2005 to present.  She served as the CTF Chair-Elect from 2007-2009 and the Board Chair from 2009-2011, and also serves on the Program Committee.

As CTF representative, Mugg has participated in multiple trainings related to strengthening families and the prevention of child abuse and neglect.  She is an official trainer of the Darkness 2 Light Stewards of Children, Sexual Abuse Prevention of Children Training. In addition, Patrice is a past recipient of the Kirkwood School District Volunteer of the Year Award, and she volunteers for and is involved in many other civic and non-profit organizations in her community.

Charmaine Smith, CTF Board Chair, presented the Chair Award to Mugg during CTF’s October Board meeting held in Jefferson City.  “Patrice understands the critical importance of preventing child abuse and breaking the vicious generational cycles,” Smith said.  “Her sincere compassion toward others and her passion to insure the protection and well-being of all children is strong and unwavering.”

“Over the years, Patrice has been and continues to be a consistent positive voice and dedicated advocate for Missouri’s children, as well as for those of us who work on behalf of Missouri’s kids,” said Kirk Schreiber, CTF Executive Director.

Mugg and her husband, Jeff, have four children and four grandchildren.

Established in 2002, the Chair Award was created under the chairmanship of Richard ‘Dick’ Dunn that permits the official chair to recognize a person or organization for outstanding service to the Children’s Trust Fund.  The Chair may recognize annually one or more CTF Board members, individuals or organizations that have exhibited outstanding service, advocacy and volunteer work to or on behalf of the Children’s Trust Fund.

Board Members Elected to Leadership Roles

(L to R) John Heskett, Peggy Krokstrom, Kirk Schreiber

(L to R) John Heskett, Peggy Krokstrom, Kirk Schreiber

During the Children’s Trust Fund’s (CTF) annual fall board meeting October 14 and 15, 2015 in Jefferson City, the board elected Margaret Peggy Krokstrom, Chesterfield, as the new board chair, and John Heskett, Ed.D., also of Chesterfield, as the new chair-elect. Krokstrom replaces outgoing board chair Charmaine Smith, University City, who has served in the leadership role for the past two years.

“It is an honor to be working with The Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri”, said Krokstrom.  “As the new chair of the CTF board I can assure you that the commitment, passion and focus of this organization are dedicated to all of our children in Missouri.  We will continue to work diligently on the issues that promote awareness and prevention of child abuse and neglect.  Your support and contribution to these efforts is encouraged, welcomed and appreciated.  Please consider helping us today.”

Krokstrom, who initially served on the board from 2006 – 2009, was appointed by Governor Nixon in 2014, and will serve a two-year term as chair until October 2017. She currently serves as Team Leader in Operations and Service Training at Edward Jones in St. Louis. Previously she was the program coordinator for CHARACTER Plus for the Cooperating School Districts in St. Louis, has been an education consultant for several St. Louis area school districts as well as a classroom teacher in the Clayton School District.

Heskett was appointed to the CTF Board in April 2015.  He serves as an adjunct professor of education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis and as an education consultant for BAFC Consulting.  He previously served as the executive director of the Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education.  Heskett will serve as chair-elect during the same time period ending 2017.

LaFaver Appointed to CTF Board of Directors

Jeremy LaFaverThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes State Representative Jeremy LaFaver, Kansas City, to the CTF Board of Directors. Rep. LaFaver was appointed November 12, 2015 by Speaker of the House Todd Richardson. First elected to the House in 2012 and re-elected in 2014, LaFaver represents District 25 in Jackson County.

Prior to his legislative duties, Rep. LaFaver worked as a child advocate for Kansas City’s Partnership for Children. His efforts led to the passage of several pieces of legislation in the Missouri General Assembly to help at-risk children and low-income seniors.

Rep. LaFaver has volunteered with the American Red Cross and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He also served in the United States Peace Corps as a community health education volunteer in Turkmenistan. In addition, he has donated his time at Operation Breakthrough and the Kansas City Child Abuse Roundtable, as well as serving as a CASA volunteer in Jackson County.

A graduate of Kansas State University, LaFaver and his wife, Stephanie, are the proud parents of two children , Isabelle and Caroline.

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.

Also read – LaFaver Appointed to CTF Board – The Missouri Times

Building Nurturing Parenting Skills for Parents

MBCH logoThe Missouri Baptist Children’s Home (MBCH) Children and Family Ministries works with pregnant women and new parents to develop skills that will help them build strong bonds with their babies thanks to a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund. Using the evidence-based Nurturing Parents curriculum, Pregnancy Service Specialists work with parents to create a plan that promotes healthy and safe home environments, enhanced parenting skills through child development education, educational opportunities (GED, job readiness resources), and assistance with accessing concrete supports (medical care, housing, transportation). We spoke with Jennifer Garland, Pregnancy Services Specialist, MBCH, about the range of support provided to expectant parents.

AUDIO: Support for new parents

Garland says MBCH works with social service agencies in the region to bring awareness about the program to pregnant women, but they also work to meet the women where they live through print materials and word of mouth.

AUDIO: CTF funding helps support staff and parent participation in training with the Nurturing Parenting Curriculum  

The evidence based Nurturing Parents curriculum promotes home environments that are not only safe, but that enhance bonding between parents and their children.

AUDIO: Garland shares how one mother learned to build a better relationship with her children. 

This program encompasses the southeast Missouri counties of Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Scott and Stoddard.

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Preventing Child Sexual Abuse

5StepsSexualAbusePreventionSince 2011, the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children has brought together prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates and other community members who work together to address child sexual abuse. Mostly through policy and systems advocacy, the group works to make Missouri safer for children.

The task force has recognized four areas of priority. They include:

1. Standardized mandatory reporting curriculum
2. Multidisciplinary team best practices, focusing on how communities get better at investigating child sexual abuse
3. Increasing access to services for children who’ve experienced sexual abuse
4. Addressing youth with problem sexual behaviors so they don’t continue to perpetrate the behaviors throughout their lifetime

We spoke with Emily van Schenkhof, Deputy Director, Missouri KidsFirst about the task force and it’s work, and Cherisse Thibaut, Manager, Prevention and Community Engagement about mandated reporting and Stewards of Children training, which is being implemented across the state.  Both of these programs are supported, in part, by two grants from the Children’s Trust Fund.

van Schenkhof says it’s all a process, and the team mindset helps move positive change along:

van Schenkhof shares how funding from CTF helps deliver on the task force’s findings.

The task force utilizes resources across the state to help bring awareness and gain insights into what’s happening in all regions.

Thibaut says CTF funding is moving Missouri forward by helping provide education that mandated reporters truly need.


D2L_StewardsCaptureThe evidenced-informed Stewards of Children curriculum focuses on improving child-protective behaviors of adults that are responsible for children and is designed to increase knowledge, improve attitudes and change participants’ behavior over the long-term.

Thibault says a major goal in Missouri KidsFirst’s work with Stewards of Children is to eliminate barriers that might prevent the trainings from happening, for instance, eliminating materials costs.

Thibault recommends the Stewards of Children training to any and every youth servicing organization. To learn more about the training, contact Missouri KidsFirst at 573-632-4600.

Click here to view the 5 Steps to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse flier.

Empowering Families During Stressful Times

Stressful situations can take a toll on families and sometimes parents may feel like they’ve reached their breaking point.  In those moments there are resources available to help.  One such resource is CTF grantee Saint Louis Crisis Nursery.  Since 1986, the program has made available a helpline for families who feel like they don’t have anywhere else to turn when they have an emergency or are in crisis. We spoke to DiAnne Mueller, CEO Saint Louis Crisis Nursery about what kinds of situations they see.

AUDIO: How the crisis nursery works

Once the initial crisis period is over the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery offers an after care program called Family Empowerment. Parents and caregivers are educated in critical parenting skills and basic child development issues; topics include appropriate discipline, budgeting, and job preparedness skills.

AUDIO: Mueller talks about a family helped by the crisis nursery.

The crisis nursery has many community partners that work to spread awareness about the services available.

AUDIO: Life saving services

Mueller has worked to open 5 crisis nurseries so far and says she’s happy to speak with anyone who would like to provide the service in their own community.

AUDIO: Opening a support service

You can contact the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery at 314-292-5770.

PODCAST: Protecting Children Against Sexual Abuse Part 1

Podcast image_Cherrise NancyIn this podcast, Kirk Schreiber, CTF Executive Director, discusses the prevention of sexual abuse of children with Cherisse Thibaut, Manager, Prevention and Community Engagement with Missouri KidsFirst and Nancy Corley, Director of Child and Family Wellbeing, The Alliance of Southwest Missouri.  The group talks about defining sexual abuse and the impact that it can have on individuals and communities.  Listeners are given specific examples of what they can do to support prevention efforts.

It’s Hot Hot Hot! Never Leave Kids Alone in Cars

NEFAMIt’s Hot Hot Hot! Never Leave Kids Alone in Cars…Period!

Summer months in Missouri often means extreme heat, which can pose extreme risk for kids who are stuck in a car. The Children’s Trust Fund’s Not Even For A Minute Campaign encourages parents and caregivers to NEVER leave children unattended in or around vehicles. Left alone in a vehicle for a short time, a child is in danger of heat stroke, dehydration, overheating, hyperthermia, injury, abduction and even death.

Our friends at KidsAndCars offer the following simple tips for parents & caregivers to keep kids safe & prevent tragedies:

  • Never leave children alone in or around cars; not even for a minute.
  • “Look Before You Lock” – Get in the habit of always opening the back door to check the back seat before leaving your vehicle. Make sure no child has been left behind.
  • Create a reminder to check the back seat.
  • Put something you’ll need like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID or brief case, etc., in the back seat so that you have to open the back door to retrieve that item every time you park.
  • Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat. When the child is placed in the car seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. It’s a visual reminder that the child is in the back seat.
  • Make sure you have a strict policy in place with your childcare provider about daycare drop- off. Everyone involved in the care of your child should always be aware of their whereabouts. If your child will not be attending daycare as scheduled, it is the parent’s responsibility to call and inform the childcare provider. If your child does not show up as scheduled; and they have not received a call from the parent, the childcare provider pledges to contact you immediately to ensure the safety of your child. (this is very similar to the ‘absence-line’ used by most elementary, middle and high schools)
  • Keep vehicles locked at all times, even in driveways or garages. Ask home visitors, child care providers and neighbors to do the same.
  • Keep car keys and remote openers out of reach of children.
  • If a child goes missing, immediately check the inside passenger compartments and trunks of all vehicles in the area very carefully, even if they are locked. A child may lock the car doors after entering a vehicle on their own, but may not be able to unlock them.
  • Be especially careful during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays. This is when many tragedies occur.
  • Use drive-thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.) and pay for gas at the pump.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as quickly as possible.

NEFAMmagnetPlease share these important safety tips with your childcare providers, teachers, relatives, friends, family & neighbors. And always remember to keep your pets safe from hot cars as well.   It could save a life!

Child Vehicular Heat Stroke Fact Sheet

CTF Announces Grant Awards

CTFGeneralBannerThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board of Directors recently awarded more than $1.5 million in prevention funds in Fiscal Year 2016 to over 100 child-serving organizations throughout Missouri.  The grants will provide programs and services that strengthen families by building protective factors and reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect.  Of those awarded, 15 grants are new totaling $401,036, and 89 are renewal grants totaling $1,154,197.

“CTF is excited to be funding so many worthwhile initiatives and quality prevention programs throughout the state that will reach thousands of Missouri’s children and families,” said CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber.  “In particular, we are thrilled to be supporting new grants that will provide training in the areas of protective factors, sexual abuse prevention, and the Healthy Families America home visitation model. CTF will also continue its partnership with FACT and OSEDA  for Missouri Kids Count, and with the Department of Health and Senior Services targeting safe sleep practices in counties by providing safe cribs and home visits to families in need.”

Funds awarded support evidence-based and promising programs including parent education and support, safe crib/safe sleep, crisis nursery, fatherhood support, mentoring, home visitation, sexual abuse prevention, community collaboration around supporting children and families, and training.  Generally, grants are awarded for a five year period with the grantee required to fund an increasing proportion of the program cost during that time.

CTF, Missouri’s foundation for child abuse and neglect prevention, strengthens families and prevents child abuse through grant distribution, education, awareness and partnerships.  Established in 1983, CTF has awarded over $55 million in non-general revenue to date to support community-based programs statewide.  CTF receives funding through dedicated fees on marriage licenses and vital records, voluntary contributions designated on the Missouri State Income Tax Return, sales of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate, general donations, interest income for the Fund and a federal grant administered through the Administration for Children and Families.

Click on alphabetical list or regional list to view current grantees.

Reducing Parent Stress through Baby Connect

BBC baby hats

Baby Connect supports CTF’s Shaken Baby initiative through messaging on knitted baby hats.  The hats are knitted and then donated by inmates with the Missouri Department of Corrections.

In an effort to help young parents in Missouri’s Bootheel region, ParentLink at the University of Missouri, Columbia, with a grant from CTF, created Bootheel Baby Connect.  The project includes a Facebook group for parents of new babies who live in Missouri’s southeastern most region. The group provides parents with a network of friends with whom they can share positive parenting, challenges, and solutions, as well as access to basic supports. The group also utilizes the support of the ParentLink Warmline (1-800-552-8522) to provide services to families in need. We spoke with Ta’janette Sconyers, M.Ed., Director of Baby Connect.  She says the program’s main goal is prevention but she knows there are times when intervention strategies are necessary and Baby Connect and the Warmline are there for those times as well.

AUDIO: Sconyers talks about targeting teen parents with the program, but also being a resource for other parents:

AUDIO: Another goal of the program is to have an impact on future generations of the families it supports:

AUDIO: Sconyers talks about the ParentLink Warmline: