November 26, 2015

Teaching Children About Gun Safety

Eddie Eagle

Eddie Eagle

In recognition of June being designated as National Safety Month by the National Safety Council, please see the following links related to Gun Safety.  CTF strongly encourages the use of the safety tips offered & other information to help make sure parents, families & kids know the importance of gun safety.

National Child Safety Council – Safety 4 Kids
National Child Safety Council – Gun Safety
Eddie Eagle GunSafe
National Rifle Association – Gun Safety
Project ChildSafe
Project ChildSafe – Safe Storage
National Shooting Sports Foundation – Safety
Kids Health
Safe Kids Worldwide – Gun Safety
Safe Kids Worldwide – Gun Safety PDF

2015 Prevention Resource Guide

resourceguide2015The 2015 Prevention Resource Guide – Making Meaningful Connections 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 for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention. The 2015 guide was developed with input from numerous national organizations, Federal partners, and parents committed to strengthening families and communities.

Released in preparation for April – National Child Abuse Prevention Month, this guide provides information that anyone can use and share throughout the year including:
– information about the protective factors known to prevent child abuse;
– child maltreatment statistics;
– resources to inform providers on human trafficking;
– tools to help build community awareness and support;
– tip sheets for parents in English & Spanish; and
– activity calendars for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

CAPM2015_flierGo Blue Day for Missouri’s Kids – April 10
Additionally, please use the Child Abuse Prevention Month poster to promote April, and specifically Go Blue Day on Friday, April 10. We encourage you to join thousands of Missourians on that day in wearing blue to show your support for Missouri’s kids and the importance of preventing child maltreatment.

Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month 2015

CAPM2015_flierApril is Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month nationally and here in Missouri.  This year’s theme focuses on “Making Meaningful Connections.” 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.   One of many events is Go Blue Day for Missouri’s kids scheduled for Friday, April 10.  We hope you will 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.  To help you plan for Child Abuse Prevention Month you can:

PODCAST: The Importance of Parent Leadership

sam blue1February 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.

Listen to Parent Leadership Podcast

Child Maltreatment Report 2013

cm_2013_coverThe Children’s Bureau, Office of the Administration for Children and Families recently released its latest annual report on child abuse and neglect. Child Maltreatment 2013 is the 24th edition of the report which includes national and state level findings about investigations and assessments, perpetrators of maltreatment, and prevention and post investigation services.  The report is based on federal fiscal year 2013 data submitted by 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Key findings in this report include:
■ From 2009 to 2013, overall rates of victimization declined, from 9.3 to 9.1 per 1,000 children in the population. This results in an estimated 23,000 fewer victims in 2013 (679,000) compared with 2009 (702,000).
■ Since 2009, overall rates of children who received a CPS response increased from 40.3 to 42.9 per 1,000 children in the population. This results in an estimated 145,000 additional children who received a CPS response in 2013 (3,188,000) compared to 2009 (3,043,000). States provide possible explanations for the increase in Appendix D, State Commentary.
■ Nationally, four-fifths (79.5%) of victims were neglected, 18.0 percent were physically abused, 9.0 percent were sexually abused and 8.7 percent were psychologically maltreated.
■ For 2013, a nationally estimated 1,520 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.04 children per 100,000 children in the national population.

Child Maltreatment Report 2013

CTF Grant Application Available

141The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) has released its grant application packet for the prevention of child abuse/neglect for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016).  CTF anticipates approximately $300,000 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 Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 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.

To be considered, applications must be postmarked by Thursday, March 12, 2015.  Grant award recipients will be announced after June 3, 2015.  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 FY2016 (Word)

CTF Grant Application Packet FY2016 (PDF)

FY 2016 Grant Meeting Presentation 1/21/15 (PPT)

Fostering Supportive Environments for Kids

efc-building-community-commitment_Page_01A new guide is available on how communities can foster supportive environments for children.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released Building Community Commitment for Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments, developed by Prevention Institute (PI). This publication provides guidance to mobilize communities to create safe spaces and settings that keep kids safe and support their healthy development. As part of CDC’s Essentials for Childhood initiative to prevent child abuse and neglect, this document lays out steps that communities can use to build support for many issues. Nine key elements and case examples are presented, organized into three areas:  developing a shared vision, build understanding of the need and solutions, and partnerships.

PODCAST: Mandated Reporting in Missouri, What’s Changed

Cherisse ThibautIn 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


25th Edition Kids Count Data Book Available

AECFkidscountdatabookcover-2014The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has released The KIDS COUNT Data Book 2014 .  The annual publication documents child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the 2014 report ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. For 2014, the three highest-ranked states for child well-being were Massachusetts, Vermont and Iowa; the three lowest-ranked were Nevada, New Mexico and Mississippi. Missouri ranked 29th overall with its highest ranking in education (22) and lowest in child health (30).  The report also provides national trends, comparing the latest data with mid-decade statistics.   The 2014 Data Book is the 25th edition of the Casey Foundation’s signature publication.

AECF Kids Count Data Book Resource Page
25th Edition of Kids Count Data Book Highlights Improvements
Missourinet – Kids Count Story – July 23, 2014
2013 (current) Kids Count in Missouri Data Book online


Making Meaningful Connections – 2014 Prevention Resource Guide

2014 Prevention Resource GuideThe Child Welfare Information Gateway provides numerous resources for child abuse and neglect prevention, including the 2014 Prevention Resource Guide entitled Making New Connections.  The Resource Guide is created annually to support community-based child abuse prevention professionals in their work to prevent child maltreatment and promote well-being of children and families. Others including policymakers, parent educators, family support workers, health care providers, child care providers, teachers, mentors, program administrators, and clergy, will also find this resource helpful.  The 2014 edition includes the following chapters:  Protective Factors Approaches to Promoting Well-Being, Working With Families Using the Protective Factors, Engaging Your Community, Protecting Children, Tip Sheets for Parents and Caregivers, and Resources.

2014 Prevention Resource Guide – Making Meaningful Connections (PDF)