February 20, 2017

Report – Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri

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.

PODCAST: Parent Leadership & Support

Sam Blue

Sam Blue

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

FRIENDS Strategies for Parent Leadership & Engagement

FRIENDS National Parent Advisory Council

Text For Parents

Positive Parenting Tips

Building Protective Factors to Strengthen Families

Child Maltreatment 2015 Report Available

Child Maltreatment 2015 is now available from the Administration for Children & Families, Department of Health & Human Services.   Based on State-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), this 26th edition of the Child Maltreatment series presents an aggregate view of child abuse and neglect in the United States. The 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.

Child Maltreatment 2015 (full report – PDF)
Child Maltreatment reports 1995–2014
Children’s Bureau

Register for 2017 CTF Prevention Conference

Registration is open for the Children’s Trust Fund’s biennial state child abuse/neglect prevention conference March 23 & 24, 2017 Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. This year’s conference theme is “Resilience:  Everyone, Everywhere”.  Please join CTF and other community, national and state prevention leaders, advocates and practitioners as we prepare for April as Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month and provide opportunities to learn and share about current strategies in the field of prevention.

Registration is only $95 per person for the entire event including up to 9 training hours available.   For questions pertaining to the conference please contact Alicia by e-mail or call 573-751-5147.  We also encourage you to share with others by e-mail, through social media and the web.  This is an event that only occurs every two years so you won’t want to miss it.

View or download 2017 Conference Program

Visit CTF 2017 Conference Webpage

Register Here

September is National Baby Safety Month

safesleepcribSeptember 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 member agencies include the Children’s Trust Fund, Children’s Mercy Hospital – Kansas City, MO Department of Health & Senior Services, MO Department of Social Services, State Technical Assistance Team, Mother & Child Health Coalition, and SIDS Resources.  During September, the Coalition is spreading the safe sleep awareness message via a unified social media campaign, in addition to CTF’s Safe to Sleep Media/Social Media Campaign that includes radio announcements; web promotion; metro transit advertising in St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield; and refreshed Safe to Sleep materials available free to Missourians.

Infant deaths due to suffocation and strangulation related to unsafe sleep environments are preventable.   While this is a message that resonates throughout the year, Baby Safety Month gives us an added opportunity to increase the awareness as a group,” said Paula Cunningham, Children’s Trust Fund Public Affairs & Education Coordinator.  “If parents and other caregivers only remember one thing about safe sleep for their babies, it is this…Safe to Sleep is as simple as ABC. Babies should sleep Alone, on their Backs in a Crib,”  said Cunningham.


Know the key Safe to Sleep messages to keep babies safe & reduce the risk of SIDS & other sleep-related causes of death:

  • Place baby on his/back to sleep alone, for naps & night time, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
  • Place your baby in a safety-approved crib, bassinet or portable play area with a firm sleep surface & fitted sheet.
  • Do NOT place baby to sleep on an adult bed or other soft mattress, waterbed, sofa, chair, beanbag, pillow, cushion, other soft surface or in a car seat.
  • Remove all soft objects, toys, blankets, bumper pads, pillows from the baby sleep area.
  • Dress baby in a sleeper/sleep sack instead of using a blanket or other covering..
  • Put baby to sleep alone in a separate sleep such as a crib or bassinet, but in the same room where you sleep.  Bed sharing is dangerous.

For more information about safe sleep for babies go to:
Children’s Trust Fund
SIDS Resources
National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Listen to Radio PSA – 5 Steps for Safe Sleep
Listen to Radio PSA – ABC’s of Safe Sleep

2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book

2016 Data-book-CoverThe Family & Community Trust (FACT), recently released the 2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book documenting the status of  children in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.  The annual report is a collaborative project of FACT, the Annie E. Casey FoundationOffice of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) -University of Missouri, the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), and 20 Community Partnerships from across the state.  The book was released during an April 5 press conference at the University of Missouri.

The report provides an annual, state and county-level analysis of
child well-being measuring indicators of Economic Security, Child Protection and Safety, Education and Health.  Data for the report is compiled from more than 80 federal, state, county and municipal sources by OSEDA.

To examine trends over time, Missouri KIDS COUNT compared the most current data (2014) to 2010 baseline data, which revealed that seven outcome measures improved in Missouri during this time period including:  births to teens, unintentional injury, annual high school dropouts, births to mothers without a high school diploma, infant mortality, child deaths and low birth-weight infants.  Outcomes that worsened during the same time period include children under 18 in poverty, child abuse/neglect and family assessments, and children entering/re-entering state custody.

Primary funding for the project is provided by Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Children’s Trust Fund.

2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT Data Book (pdf)

2016 Missouri KIDS COUNT County Pages (pdf)

Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Month 2016

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 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. Prevention begins with each of us – in our homes, neighborhoods, communities, schools, churches and wherever children and families congregate.  To learn how to support meaningful and measurable change in children’s well-being, and how to engage families and communities in the prevention of child maltreatment, please explore the following resources:

Building Community, Building Hope – 2016 Resource Guide

2016ResourceGuide-CoverThe 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.  The 2016 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;
– understanding child maltreatment;
– tools to help build community awareness and support;
– tip sheets for parents in English & Spanish; and
– activity calendars for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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

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.