February 22, 2017

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//.

Prevention $ense December 5, 2016

New Online Option to Report Child Abuse & Neglect

The Missouri Children’s Division has developed an online reporting system for use by mandated reporters. The online system is  for non-emergencies and allows mandated reporters more flexibility to make a non-emergency report at a time that is convenient for them. The system also allows mandated reporters to avoid wait times sometimes experienced using the 800 number. Please see the attached flyer for more information about how to make a hotline report online. Please share this new information with any mandated reporters who may be interested.

Abuse & Neglect Reporting Tool

New ACEs Study from the CDC

ACEs Study from CDCA new CDC study about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) shows early adversity can impact adult education, employment, and income.

Adverse childhood experiences and life opportunities: Shifting the narrative, published in the October 2016 edition of Children and Youth Services Review, shows people who reported four or more ACEs were less likely to complete high school and more likely to be unemployed and live in a household with an income below the federal poverty level than those who reported no ACEs. Current efforts to prevent adversity early in life, including child abuse and neglect, may be more effective if they broaden public and professional understanding of the links between early adversity and poverty. The study stresses that prevention should address barriers in society that limit access to education, employment, and income and that perpetuate poverty across generations.

Experiences “Weigh in” for the Holidays

A new study from Cornell University indicates people feel more grateful for what they have done than for what they have and that feeling of gratitude also leads to more generous behavior. Learn more from Public News Service (MO) November 30, 2016.

New Year's 2017

Dads Mentoring Dads Program

Dads Mentoring DadsDads Mentoring Dads, a prevention program based in Rolla, provides new and inexperienced dads facing challenging circumstances with a mentor. Read more & hear about the program from Prevention Consultants of Missouri Director Jamie Myers.


Prevention $ense November 21, 2016

Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health

A new, landmark Surgeon General’s report finds alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.   The report, Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health, marks the first time a U.S. Surgeon General has dedicated a report to substance misuse and related disorders. For the full report and executive summary, visit https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/

New Publication from Project Launch

Project LaunchProject Launch, with funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ,is pleased to provide a new publication written by Project LAUNCH grantees, the only cohort funded solely at the community level.  The publication Implementation of Young Child Wellness Strategies in a Unique Cohort of Local Communities describes the innovative strategies these grantees used to improve outcomes for children, families and communities. The e-Book is rich with creative approaches, lessons learned, and illustrative data from communities that can effectively inform future early childhood efforts in communities.

2017 Missouri Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention

Please make plans to attend the Missouri Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention, Thursday & Friday, March 23 & 24, 2017, Capital Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.   Come network with colleagues and learn more about many successful prevention strategies, initiatives, & models including:

  • What makes families & communities resilient;
  • Engaging parent leaders;
  • How to effectively implement a Parent Café’s;
  • Identifying Adverse Childhood Experiences & applying Trauma Informed Care in your work;
  • The new Missouri-based online training for mandated reporters;
  • Darkness to Light – Stewards of Children Training for child sexual abuse prevention;
  • Strong Parents, Stable Children Training on the protective factors to keep families healthy & safe;
  • The Focus on Fatherhood Program;
  • Effectively telling the prevention story;
  • Understanding & using cost analysis;
  • Missouri Kids Count;
  • Inspiring the Warrior Spirit within you;
  • And much, much more!

Registration is only $95.  Please visit ctf4kids.org to register online in January.

CTF Featured Grantee – Cubbies Who Care

Cubbies Who CareThe successful Cubbies Who Care program is part of Jefferson City School District’s Southwest Early Childhood Center, with the mission to provide conscious discipline education for parents and to be used in classrooms.  Hear Principal Nicole Langston and  Family Advocate Lisa Dierking as they talk about the program’s areas of focus and purpose.


Prevention $ense September 19, 2016

September – National Baby Safety Month

September is National Baby Safety Month in which the Missouri Safe Sleep Coalition is focusing on Safe to Sleep practices for infants.  The Coalition has been convening over the last several months with the goal of increasing efforts of safe sleep awareness and education across the state. Coalition members include….read full article.

7 Ways Childhood Adversity Changes a Child’s Brain

Advertising on Child's BrainIn this article the science of early adversity and how it changes the brain is discussed – from the blog ACES Too High.



Childhood Exposure to Domestic Violence Tied to Later Increased Suicide Risk

Domestic ViolenceCanadian researchers found that about 17% of adults who were exposed to chronic parental domestic violence as children made suicide attempts, compared with about 2% of those who didn’t witness parental domestic violence. The findings in the journal Child: Care, Health and Development, based on data involving more than 22,500 Canadian adults, also showed that nearly 17% of those who were sexually abused and more than 12% of those who were physically abused during childhood had attempted suicide at least once. Read full article from Health Day.

How to Help Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry outlines how to help children exposed to domestic violence.

Prevention $ense September 9, 2016

CTF Board Awards Prevention Grants  

1The CTF Board of Directors recently approved  over $1.7 million in funding for State Fiscal Year 2017 to support 88 different organizations throughout Missouri for the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to strengthen families. The board invested additional dollars in public education and awareness campaigns bringing the total in prevention funding to just over $2 million dollars for the year.  Click here to read article and here for current list of grantees for FY 2017.


Study Finds Alarming Number of Infants Sleeping in Unsafe Sleep Environment

2A new study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics indicates parents in the U.S. continue to be ill-informed about safe sleeping practices for babies.  Read the article and access more safe sleep resources at the pediatrician sponsored website HealthyChildren.org.


A Practitioner’s Guide to Cost Analysis – First Steps

3The FRIENDS National Center is pleased to announce the addition of a cost analysis page to their newly designed website.  The webpage includes four briefs that address a three-part framework developed in partnership with the Center for Public Partnerships and Research (KU-CPPR) at the University of Kansas (KU-CPPR), and was based on interviews with ten CBCAP State Leads.  State Leads (Missouri was one of 10) shared their experiences collecting data, identifying stakeholders, and conducting other activities in preparation for analyzing costs related to program activities and outcomes.  Check out the work done right here in Missouri (pages 21-27) regarding social cost savings & investment for prevention through the CBCAP grant.

Prevention $ense August 16, 2016

Mark Your Calendar – Prevention Conference Spring 2017  

0ccce9e3-85a6-4c3c-97a5-09868759e227Planning is underway for the 2017 Statewide Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention to be held March 23 & 24, 2017 at the Capital Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Jefferson City. To provide a conference that offers meaningful information for attendees, CTF is currently soliciting ideas for workshops & presenters. Please advise if there is a training topic of  interest and/or a speaker/presenter that you have in mind; you may email Paula Cunningham at paula.cunningham@oa.mo.gov with your suggestions. CTF strongly encourages you to take advantage of this opportunity to suggest presentation ideas that are important & useful in your work. Please plan to attend this statewide conference (only held every two years) and help us “kick-off” April as child abuse & neglect prevention month. We look forward to hearing your ideas for workshops.


Preventing Child Abuse/Neglect – Resource from the CDC

c3c96257-0e0f-4b63-b679-b1b106c0ccfeThe Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently released Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities. This resource represents a collection of strategies of the best available evidence to prevent or reduce public health problems like violence. The package supports CDC’s Essentials for Childhood framework and highlights 5 strategies to prevent child abuse and neglect:

  • Strengthen economic supports for families
  • Change social norms to support parents and positive parenting
  • Provide quality care and education early in life
  • Enhance parenting skills to promote healthy child development
  • Intervene to lessen harms and prevent future risk



CA/N Prevention Infographic

In the upper right hand column is a wonderful infographic from the CDC developed to support their prevention technical package (described above). Please feel free to share. Also check out the CDC resource page on child abuse/neglect prevention including information on Economic Costs of Child Abuse, Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma and much much more.

Prevention $ense, March 31, 2016

April is Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Month

CAPMflyer2016April is Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month here in Missouri and across the country.  This year’s theme focuses on Building Community, Building Hope. Many communities around the state are gearing up for events and activities scheduled throughout the month to emphasize the critical importance of preventing child abuse and neglect and keeping children safe.  Go Blue Day for Missouri’s kids is scheduled for Friday, April 8.  Please join us along with thousands of Missourians on that day in wearing blue to promote the safety and well being of Missouri’s kids and the importance of child abuse prevention.  Please visit the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website for additional resources and ideas.


Building Community, Building Hope – 2016 Prevention Resource Guide 

2016 Prevention Resource GuideThe 2016 Prevention Resource Guide – Building Community, Building Hope is now available to download.  The resource guide is produced annually by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and FRIENDS National Resource Center to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals who work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being.  Released in preparation for April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this guide provides information that anyone can use and share throughout the year.  ________________________________


Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities

CECANF-final-reportAfter two years of meetings, research and deliberations, the federal Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities issued their final report and recommendations on March 17. The 168-page report, entitled “Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities,” presents recommendations for actions that the Commission believes will be effective in ending these deaths as the result of child abuse and neglect.   Also download the helpful fact sheet.


Child Advocacy Day 2016

ChildAdvocacyPlan to attend Child Advocacy Day, Wednesday April 6, 2016, Missouri State Capitol.   In its 34th year, Missouri’s annual Child Advocacy Day is an opportunity for parents, child advocates and communities to speak up and ask lawmakers to make the health, safety, and education of Missouri’s children a top priority for the state.  Register here.


Prevention $ense, March 7, 2016

CTF License Plate Partner Application Available

CTF is seeking community partners to support the CTF license plate program.   Since 1997, community organizations throughout Missouri have been promoting the popular specialty plate, depicting the green hand prints of a child, to increase prevention awareness and raise funds that are then directly returned back to the community for prevention programs and services.  Click here to learn more  and download the application.


Healthy Steps for Families Program

The Healthy Steps for Families program is a collaborative effort between Burrell Behavioral Heath and the Jordan Valley Community Health Center.  Read more about the prevention work they are doing with parents in Greene County.


Trauma Informed Courts Can Help the Vulnerable

Alicia Summers, Ph.D., National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, writes a good blog about the role that juvenile and family courts can play in their daily interaction with vulnerable populations.


Prevention $ense, February 24, 2016

Forum: Gun Violence & Childhood Trauma

gunviolenceseminargraphicMonday, March 7, 2016 2pm – 5pm Hillman Hall, Clark-Fox Forum, Danforth Campus Washington University, St. Louis Keynote speaker James Garabino, author and founding director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago, will discuss childhood violence and the links to gun violence.  His talk will be followed by a panel discussion of St. Louis community leaders and experts, moderated by Melissa Jonson-Reid of the Brown School. Event is free but please register here.


Annual Report Highlights Work of CTF CTF’s Annual Report

annual report imagefor fiscal year 2015 is now available and highlights our prevention activities, grants, and public education campaigns from July 2014 through June 2015.


Project Thrive Working to Strengthen Families

Project Thrive, Kirksville, is a successful collaborative, community-based initiative that works toward strengthening families in Adair County and select areas in Macon County.  The project, managed by Great Circle, is funded by a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund with funds from the Community Based Child Abuse Prevention federal program of the Administration for Children & Families, Department of Health & Human Services.  Learn more from Project Thrive Coordinator Kristin Rouner.


Child Welfare Practice with Families Affected by Parental Incarceration

This bulletin for professionals provides an overview of the intersection between child welfare and parental incarceration and highlights practices to facilitate parent-child visits during incarceration, include parents in case planning, and work towards reunification; and points to resources to help caseworkers in their practice with these children and families. Working with incarcerated parents and their families has many barriers for child welfare caseworkers, but there are resources available that can help them overcome these challenges and improve outcomes for these children and families.  Also here is a quick (3:30) video providing an overview of the resources Child Welfare Information Gateway has to offer.


Baby Doe, A Political History of Tragedy

newyorkerWritten by Jill Lepore, appearing in February 1, 2016 edition of The New Yorker. Also read Letter to the EditorBreaking the Cycle – appearing in The New Yorker.  Martha Gershun, Executive Director for Jackson County (MO) CASA, responds to Jill Lepore’s article explaining how CASA Volunteers provide much needed resources and information to overburdened child welfare systems around the country.