February 13, 2016

Annual Report Highlights Work of CTF

CTF 2015 Annual Report CoverThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2015 highlights CTF’s prevention activities, grants and public education campaigns from July 2014 through June 2015.  During that time, CTF awarded over $2.55 million in prevention funding to support 90 community-based programs providing home visitation, safe crib/safe sleep, 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 over $54 million in funding statewide from donations and dedicated fees to prevent child abuse, neglect and strengthen Missouri families.

CTF Annual Report FY 2015

Prevention $ense February 8, 2016

Make Your Mark Against Child Abuse

Tax Checkoff 2016 flierA 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.  A gift through Missouri’s Tax Check-off Program makes a BIG difference in the life of a child at risk for abuse and neglect.  Last year generous Missourians donated over $95,000 to CTF through the tax check-off program.   This year, thanks to Missourians like you, we are well on our way to exceeding that amount.   With your help we can make a difference in preventing abuse and neglect and building strong families. Read more.

 

School Nurses – How Social Determinants Impact Their Work

MissouriKidsCount_logoIn this second article of three installments, Missouri Kids Count explores the role of school nurses and their valuable impact on kids, families,  schools, and communities.  View/download pdf version of article.

 

Blog Post – A Thug Named Steve

Please take a few minutes to read this inspiring blog post entitled A Thug Named Steve written by prison ministries volunteer and author Cindy Sanford, first appearing in Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and reposted in ACES Too High.

 

Webinar – Integrating Healthy Relationship Education in High School & College

Join the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families for a new free webinar that discusses the benefits of integrating healthy relationship education in high school and college. Thursday, February 11, 2016 1 p.m – 2:30 p.m. (CST) Register here.

Check Off Child Abuse in Missouri

Tax Checkoff 2016 flierThere are many ways Missourians help children each and every day. One quick and easy way is to make a charitable donation on your Missouri tax form to the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF).  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.  Your gift through Missouri’s Tax Check-off Program makes a BIG difference in the life of a child at risk for abuse and neglect.

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 visitation, 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 handprints. 

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 KidsThank you!  Together we CAN check off child abuse in Missouri.

Prevention $ense February 1, 2016

Child Maltreatment Report Released

Child Maltreatment Report 2014The Children’s Bureau, Office of the Administration for Children and Families just released its latest annual report on child abuse and neglect. Child Maltreatment 2014 is the 25th edition of the report which includes national and state level data about investigations and assessments, perpetrators of maltreatment, and prevention and post investigation services.
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CTF Grant Funds

CTF’s application for funding FY 2017 is now available for community-based grants that prevent child abuse/neglect and strengthen families.   CTF anticipates approximately $400,000 available for new (first year) projects.   The PowerPoint presentation is available if you missed last week’s informational meeting on completing the grant application.
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Raising America Documentary – Free Screening

RaisingAmericaPicIf you have not yet viewed The Raising of America documentary series, you may do so beginning February 1.  From Feb. 1st – 15th, anyone can stream the entire series  for freeThe Raising of America is a 5-part series and public engagement campaign that explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, stronger and more equitable America.  CTF shared the introductory episode during the state child abuse neglect prevention conference last April, and many other communities around the state as well as nationally are using the series to change the conversation about early childhood in America.

Also check out the Raising of America Action Toolkit to help spark discussion around the most strategic ways your organization can use the series; and innovative ways organizations are using the series to make young children and their families a local, state and national priority.  Additionally, CTF has purchased the entire Raising of America series to lend to anyone wanting to host a screening in their community, organization, etc.  If interested in borrowing the DVD series, please e-mail us at ctf@oa.mo.gov.
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New Film – Resilience

resilienceA new independent film entitled Resilience, The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope, was recently released at the Sundance and other film festivals around the nation.  The one-hour film Incoporates new research to outline how early trauma and stress can become toxic and affects children in many ways throughout their childhood and long after.  View the two-minute trailer and watch for other opportunities to view the entire film in the near future by following Resilience on Facebook and Twitter.  Many thanks to Debby Howland of the KC Child Abuse Roundtable for bringing this new documentary to our attention.  Click on the link for FAQ about this film. ________________________________

Beechner-McCarthy Joins CTF Board

Amy Beechner McCarthyThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) welcomes Amy Beechner-McCarthy of Rolla to the CTF Board of Directors. She has been actively serving on the CTF Board since being appointed by Governor Nixon in July 2015.  Her appointment was confirmed by the Missouri Senate in a hearing on January 13, 2016 and by the full Senate on January 21 as required by statute. Beechner-McCarthy is the chief executive officer of Your Community Health Center, Rolla. Previously, she served as executive director of The Community Partnership, a position she held for 18 years. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri, Rolla, and holds a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Theology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, IN, with an emphasis in family and youth studies.

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.  Public members may serve up to two terms of three years each.

Child Abuse, Neglect Data Released

Child Maltreatment Report 2014HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released the 25th edition of the Child Maltreatment Report, which analyzes data collected by state child protective services (CPS) agencies.  The report shows an increase from Fiscal Year 2013 to Fiscal Year 2014 in four key metrics:  referrals to CPS agencies (3.7 percent); referrals screened-in (2.3 percent); children who received an investigation or alternative response (2.0 percent); and children determined to be victims of child abuse or neglect (2.9 percent).

More than half of the states reported increases in child abuse and neglect victims; however, the largest increases were attributable to just a handful of states.  Eight states had an increase in victimizations of 15 percent or more; similar patterns exist for the increases seen in referrals and children that are screened.

When states submit their data, they also are afforded the opportunity to submit commentary that may provide context to the data published in the report.  The states’ commentaries suggest that policy changes related to intake, screening and investigations as well as increased public awareness are factors affecting the reporting of child abuse and neglect.

Prior to the release of the report, Rafael López, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, reached out to the child welfare leaders of states with the largest changes in numbers of referrals or reported victimizations. “We wanted to hear directly from state child welfare leaders about what was happening on the ground and better understand the factors contributing to these numbers,” said López.  “The states confirmed the information submitted in their commentaries.  The states also pointed to the co-occurrence of substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence as factors that are contributing to increases in victimizations.”

“We need to shift our focus to the front end prevention of child abuse and neglect and make sure that families get the help they need when they need it.  We are receiving information from states and our grantees that will help us to identify and address co-occurring risk factors so children can thrive in loving, safe environments free of abuse and neglect,” said López.

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (part of HHS’ ACF) is currently working with states to address parent drug use, mental health and domestic violence connected to the increases.

(Content of this post is from a public release dated January 25, 2016 from the Administration For Children and Families)

View Child Maltreatment 2014 by chapter

Prevention $ense January 22, 2016

CTF Grant Funds Available

CTF released its General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant Application last Friday, January 15, 2016.  An informational meeting regarding the application will be held this Friday, January 22, 2016 10am – 12 noon, Truman State Office Building, Room 850 in Jefferson City.  Read more. ________________________________

 

CFRP Latest Annual Report Available: Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri

2014-child-fatality-review-program-annual-reportThe Missouri Child Fatality Review Program’s (CFRP) 2014 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 helpful recommendations for keeping children safe and reducing the chances for injuries and/or fatalities from occurring.  Also check out the Executive Summary as a helpful resource. ________________________________

 

VIDEO: Building Community, Building Hope

videoThe Children’s Bureau and Office of Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) recently released the video, Building Community, Building Hope, as part of a series of actions preventing and responding to child maltreatment.  This video follows three programs, located in Iowa, Oregon, and California, that experienced success to innovatively engage parents and communities as a means to prevent and respond to child maltreatment. Watch the Building Community, Building Hope video and visit the National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center (CANTASD) website for access to a discussion guide, FAQs, and more background on the series. ________________________________

 

CFRP Annual Report: Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri

2014-child-fatality-review-program-annual-reportThe Missouri Child Fatality Review Program’s (CFRP) 2014 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 helpful recommendations for 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.  In 2014, 951 child fatalities were reported to the Missouri Child Fatality Review Program – a decrease of 28 deaths from 2013. This number includes children that died in Missouri, regardless of their state of residence or state in which the illness, injury or event occurred. (reference p. 6 of report).    Since 2002, the annual total of overall child deaths in Missouri has been reduced.

CFRP 2014 Annual Report
CFRP 2014 Annual Report Executive Summary
CFRP previous reports can be accessed here.

CTF Grant Funds Available

CTF LogoThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) has released its grant application packet for the prevention of child abuse/neglect for Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).  CTF anticipates approximately $400,000 available for new (first year) projects.

As Missouri’s Foundation for Child Abuse Prevention, CTF provides grants to community-based agencies and organizations throughout the state that focus on strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect by investing in and supporting children and their families. As part of the proposal, applicants must describe how they will incorporate the five protective factors known to prevent or reduce child abuse into their program. The protective factors that strengthen families include building parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and children’s social and emotional development.

An informational meeting regarding the application will be held Friday, January 22, 2016, 10 am – Noon in Room 850 of the Truman Office Building, 301 W. High St., Jefferson City.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the grant program and application process.  Registration is not required.

Download Presentation – FY 17 Grant Application Meeting 1-22-16

To be considered, applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 11, 2016.  Grant award recipients will be announced after the CTF Board meeting on June 1, 2016.  For questions regarding the General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant application and process, please email CTF Program Coordinator Laura Malzner.

CTF Grant Application Packet FY2017 (Word)

CTF Grant Application Packet FY2017 (PDF)

Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Grant Funds Available

CTF General BannerThe Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) Board is pleased to announce the availability of child abuse and neglect prevention grant funds for state Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).   CTF’s General Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Grant Application will be released on Friday, January 15, 2016.  An informational meeting regarding the application will be held Friday, January 22, 2016 from 10 am – Noon in Room 850 of the Truman State Office Building, 301 W. High Street, Jefferson City.  The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the grant program and application process.  Additionally,   CTF’s Application for Funding will be available via the CTF website on January 15.  It is anticipated that between $350,000 – $400,000 will be available for new prevention grants through this process.   For further information please contact CTF Program Coordinator Laura Malzner.

As Missouri’s Foundation for Child Abuse Prevention, CTF provides grants to community-based organizations throughout the state that focus specifically on child abuse/neglect prevention and that support and strengthen children and families.