You can help prevent child abuse by proudly displaying the official Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) license plate on your vehicle. CTF plates feature the distinctive child’s green hand prints logo & a ‘prevent child abuse’ message.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just 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!
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