February is National Parent Leadership Month. For this podcast we talk about the importance of parent involvement and leadership in communities with Sam Blue, Community Engagement Specialist for the Vision for Children at Risk through Project LAUNCH in St. Louis. Blue is also a member of the FRIENDS National Parent Advisory Council for Community Based Child Abuse Prevention. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Blue is a husband of 23 years and father of 9 children, seven daughters and two sons.
In this podcast Children’s Trust Fund Executive Director Kirk Schreiber speaks with Cherisse Thibaut, Prevention and Community Outreach Manager for Missouri KidsFirst, about mandated reporting in Missouri. They discuss recent legislation that has changed, who is required to report suspected abuse, and why the changes were made. Changes to mandated reporter requirements. Thibaut also discussed how to report suspected abuse as well as the current efforts by Missouri’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children.
Anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect is urged to call the Children’s Division Hotline at 800-392-3738.
AUDIO: Mandated Reporting
The Deaconess Foundation is a faith-based organization devoted to advancing a culture of health and hope for children in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Reverend Starsky Wilson serves as the organization’s President and CEO. Mary Furness, Learfield Communications, spoke with Rev. Wilson during CTF’s Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conference. He says the goal is to invest in programs that serve kids with the biggest need.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACE) demonstrated an association between the number of adversities experienced in childhood and adult health, mental health and overall well being. Newer science, evolving rapidly, has moved the field from association to actual causation. Dr. Robert Block, M.D., Immediate Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), discusses scientific and other revelations that have come from the ACE Study and what’s ahead in the area of child maltreatment and prevention. The interview was conducted April 2, 2013 in conjunction with his opening presentation at the Children’s Trust Fund Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conference “The New River Story – Spirit, Science, Action” held in Jefferson City (MO).
Dr. Block works to educate and spread awareness about academic research related to violence and abuse. He is an Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics and Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.
Mary Furness, Learfield Communications, recently spoke with Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, Ed.D., at the Children’s Trust Fund Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Conference – “The New River Story” in Jefferson City. Dr. Linkenbach, Research Scientist and Director of the Center for Health & Safety Culture at Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, has developed the Science of the Positive framework which emphasizes three domains of Spirit, Science and Action with preventing child maltreatment and incorporating the positive community norms (PCN) approach. Dr. Linkenbach serves as an active member of the CDC’s K2A (Knowledge To Action) Think Tank on child maltreatment prevention.
In this latest podcast, Kelly Schultz, Director for the Office of Child Advocate (OCA) talks about the role of her office which serves as an independent third party reviewer for the Children’s Division, Department of Social Services. Located within the Office of Administration, OCA offers an independent voice for children to help ensure their safety. For more information, contact the Office of Child Advocate toll free at (866) 457-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2011 Senate Bill 54 authorized the establishment of the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. Over the past year, the Task Force conducted research and gathered and analyzed expert testimony culminating in a report that details twenty-two recommendations in seven core subject areas: community-based child abuse prevention, professional training and technical assistance, multi-disciplinary team excellence, mental health services and treatment, awareness, funding and statutory changes. CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber spoke with Emily van Schenkhof, Deputy Director of Missouri KidsFirst (pictured left) and Marissa Gunther, Prevention Coordinator for Missouri KidsFirst (pictured center) about how the task force was formed, how the report was conducted and what the recommendations mean for the prevention of child sexual abuse.
In this latest podcast, Brian Williams, Program Director, Randolph County Caring Community Partnership and Tim Fugate, ATR III Mid-Missouri Fatherhood Coalition Director speak with CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber about the Focus on Fatherhood program. They discuss the details of a multi-county comprehensive fatherhood support program (Randolph & Saline Counties) and how it’s working to enhance area fathers’ abilities to be better parents.
In this latest podcast, Regina Staves, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at Avila University in Kansas City, speaks with CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber about the importance of developing and promoting emotional well-being in children. Dr. Staves discusses what emotional well-being looks like, positive role modeling and tips for parents on how they can promote positive emotional development in their child’s life.
As part of its Words Hurt, But They Also Help campaign, CTF has developed a new flier (PDF) for caretakers that promote emotional well-being in children. The flier also provides information about emotional abuse/neglect, also known as psychological maltreatment, and how these hurtful and harmful behaviors can have long-lasting effects.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout Missouri there are many activities and opportunities that support the health and well-being of children in which citizens can take part and become involved.
Debby Howland, Coordinator for the Kansas City Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition, speaks with CTF Executive Director Kirk Schreiber in this latest podcast about the work of the Roundtable and the many upcoming events in Kansas City to promote child abuse prevention.
In a related podcast, Becky Wood, Advancement Manager Special Events for Boys & Girls Town of Missouri – Jim D. Morris Campus, Springfield, discusses the Be A Lifesaver – Prevent Child Abuse Campaign in Greene County.
For a complete list of prevention events and training opportunities in April and throughout the year, go to our upcoming events calendar.