September 3, 2014

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)

Kids Count in Missouri 2013 Data Available

KidsCountCover2013University of Missouri’s Office of Social & Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) along with the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) recently released the KIDS COUNT in Missouri 2013 Data Book documenting the status of  children in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.  The annual publication is a collaborative initiative of the The Annie E. Casey Foundation, OSEDA, CTF and many other public and private organizations from across the state.  Annie Casey recently announced that The Family and Community Trust (FACT) is the newest KIDS COUNT grantee in Missouri for 2014.  FACT is a non-profit organization supporting 20 community partnerships around the state whose mission is to find solutions to improving the lives of the families and children in their communities.

The online resource provides information on measures of child well-being covering areas such as health, education, financial security, juvenile justice and child protection. The 2013 data finds that during the most recent reporting period, Missouri made improvements in seven of the key KIDS COUNT indicators including a births to moms without a high school diploma, low birth weight infants, infant mortality, teen violent deaths, percent of annual high school dropouts, and births to teens.  Three indicators worsened – students enrolled in free/reduced lunch, child abuse/neglect and family assessments and out-of-home placements.

Data for the report is compiled from more than 80 federal, state, county and municipal sources by OSEDA.  Primary funding for the project is provided by Annie E. Casey and the Children’s Trust Fund.

Kids Count Executive Summary
Missouri Profile
Composite Ranks
Understanding the Data (including Minority Profile)
2013 Databook with County Profiles
2013 Databook without County Profiles

Child Maltreatment 2012

Child Maltreatment 2012The Administration for Children and Families recently released its latest annual report on child abuse and neglect. Child Maltreatment 2012 is the 23rd edition of the report which includes national and state level findings about investigations and assessments, perpetrators of maltreatment, and prevention and post investigation services.  For the sixth consecutive year data shows a steady decline in the number of children who suffered from all forms of maltreatment.

■ Specifically, from 2008 to 2012, overall rates of victimization declined by 3.3 percent, from 9.5 to 9.2 per 1,000 children in the population. This results in an estimated 30,000 fewer victims in 2012 (686,000) compared with 2008 (716,000).
■ Since 2008, overall rates of children who received a Child Protective Services (CPS) response increased by 4.7 percent, from 40.8 to 42.7 per 1,000 children in the population. This results in an estimated 107,000 additional children who received a CPS response in 2012 (3,184,000) compared to 2008 (3,077,000).

■ Nationally, four-fifths (78.3%) of victims were neglected, 18.3 percent were physically abused, 9.3 percent were sexually abused and 8.5 percent were psychologically maltreated.

■ For 2012, a nationally estimated 1,640 children died of abuse and neglect at a rate of 2.20 children per 100,000 children in the national population.

Read or download the full report.

CFRP Annual Report – Preventing Child Deaths in Missouri

The Missouri Child Fatality Review Program’s (CFRP) 2012 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.   Since the Program’s implementation 20 years ago, the annual total of overall child deaths has been reduced.

Current and previous reports can be accessed here.

2012 Kids Count in Missouri Data Book

KidsCount 2012 Data Book CoverThe Partnership For Children (PFC), Kansas City, recently released the KIDS COUNT in Missouri 2012 Data Book documenting the status of  children in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.  The annual publication is a collaborative project of the PFC through a grant from the Annie E. Casey FoundationOffice of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) -University of Missouri, the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), and many other public and private organizations from across the state.  The book was released by PFC and OSEDA April 2 at a press conference in conjunction with the CTF Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention in Jefferson City.

The resource provides information on measures of child well-being covering areas such as health, education, financial security, juvenile justice and child protection.   Data for the report is compiled from more than 80 federal, state, county and municipal sources by OSEDA.  Primary funding for the project is provided by Annie E. Casey and the Children’s Trust Fund.

2013 Community Resource Guide Available

guide2013_coverApril is Child Abuse Prevention Month and the Child Welfare Information Gateway in conjunction with the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services Children’s  Bureau, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect and the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) is offering free copies of their 2013 Resource Guide Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being:  A Network for Action.  The resource guide is developed for service providers and others who work to promote healthy families and prevent child abuse and neglect.  The Missouri Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) as the state CBCAP lead agency provides copies to each of their community prevention grant partners.   Participants at the 2013 CTF Prevention Conference on Child Abuse/Neglect also received a copy.

The booklet includes valuable information about the six protective factors that help reduce the risk of child maltreatment, strategies for engaging communities to support families, information about child abuse – risk factors, why it occurs, identifying and reporting maltreatment and supporting parents and children with a history of trauma.   Tip sheets for parents and caregivers are included in English and Spanish as well as a calendar of suggested activities to assist communities with child abuse prevention month planning.  The protective factors help lay the foundation for prevention by helping parents build resiliency and social connections, providing concrete support and resources, and providing parents with knowledge of parenting including the importance of nurturing, attachment and appropriate developmental ages and stages.

Organizations, volunteers, and child advocates are encouraged to use this resource guide in their community throughout the year to promote healthy families and educate others about the cost-saving benefits and positive economic impact of prevention.

New Kids Count in Missouri Data Book Available

The Partnership For Children (PFC), Kansas City, recently released the KIDS COUNT in Missouri 2011 Data Book documenting the status of  children in all 114 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.  The annual publication is a collaborative project of the PFC through a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis (OSEDA) -University of Missouri, the Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), and many other public and private organizations from across the state.

The online resource provides information on measures of child well-being covering areas such as health, education, financial security, juvenile justice and child protection. The 2011 Data Book finds that during the most recent reporting period, Missouri made improvements in seven of the key KIDS COUNT indicators including a reduction in child abuse and neglect, infant mortality, child deaths, teen violent deaths, births to moms without a high school diploma, births to teens, and the high school drop out rate.  Two indicators, students enrolled in free/reduced lunch and out-of-home placement treatment entries, worsened, with one indicator (the percent of low birth weight infants) remaining unchanged.

Data for the report is compiled from more than 80 federal, state, county and municipal sources by OSEDA.  Primary funding for the project is provided by Annie E. Casey and the Children’s Trust Fund.

Free Training on the Protective Factors Available

The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds  is pleased to make available a series of free online training courses to support implementation of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework in multiple settings. The program was developed through support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and ZERO TO THREE and in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Social Policy.   The curriculum includes 7 separate modules:

  • Introduction to the Protective Factors
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Social and Emotional Competence
  • Moving from Knowledge to Action: Wrap-up Course

Each module/course includes:

  • Purpose and learning objectives for the course
  • Definition and explanation of the protective factor
  • Definition and explanation of program strategy (or strategies)
  • Individualized Action Plan (IAP) work

In addition, each course includes a number of quizzes, activities and reflective questions.  With a mix of written text, video and audio clips and opportunities to interact with the material, the courses are designed to keep the learner engaged.   An online forum on the course site will allow learners to interact with each other, ask questions about what they are learning and respond to others’ questions.  Users will be able to print a portfolio that includes their responses to all questions and their Individualized Action Plan detailing changes they intend to make in their work with children and families as a result of what they learned.

Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work – A Resource for Action (pdf)

For more details about the online training courses, click here or click on the Protective Factors Training web button (right hand column).

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Friday, April 13 is Go Blue Day for Missouri’s Kids.  On that day, thousands of Missourians will wear blue, the official color of prevention, to show their support for children.  Many other community events and activities are scheduled throughout the month to emphasize the critical importance of preventing child abuse and neglect and keeping children safe.

The St. Louis Family & Community Partnership is hosting its Child Abuse Prevention Month kickoff ceremony on Tuesday, April 10, in St. Louis at the Dennis & Judith Jones Visitor and Education Center in Forest Park.  Missouri KidsFirst is hosting its 3rd annual Pinwheels For Prevention Awareness Garden on April 11 at noon where over 1,000 pinwheels will be displayed on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol.   Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, A Great Circle Agency, is sponsoring the Be A Lifesaver – Prevent Child Abuse Campaign throughout the month of April in Springfield and includes an afternoon with Elizabeth Smart on April 13 who will be speaking at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall For The Performing Arts, Missouri State University Campus.  Wear Blue Day at the ‘K’ will be the theme at the Kansas City Royals game the evening of April 14 at Kauffman Stadium.  The event is sponsored by the Kansas City Child Abuse Roundtable Coalition.  These are just a few of the many other community events and activities scheduled around the state to recognize and bring awareness to child abuse and neglect.  Click here for a list of scheduled events for April and throughout the year and download or print the Child Abuse Prevention Month flier (pictured).

Learn how to increase awareness during Child Abuse Prevention Month and throughout the year through the 2012 Prevention Month web section on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.  The website features:

According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), child maltreatment in the United States in 2008 cost an estimated $124 billion in health care expenses, productivity losses, use of the criminal justice system and more. The average lifetime cost for a nonfatal victim of child maltreatment is about $210,000 in 2010 dollars, while the cost for a fatal case of child abuse is nearly $1.3 million.

Awareness about child abuse and neglect strengthens communities and builds support for children and families in the effort to prevent child abuse.  Prevention is the insurance policy for good health, mental health, crime reduction, educational and economic prosperity for our next generation.  We hope that you will join the Children’s Trust Fund in investing in Missouri’s children by supporting prevention efforts and organizations in your community in April and throughout the year.