October 25, 2014

Region 3 – West


Region 3 is comprised of the west Missouri counties of Bates, Cass, Clay, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray.

Child Abuse Prevention Association, Independence
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from the CTF prevent child abuse license plate to support prevention education programs for the Jackson County community.  Programs and services include home visitation and family support for parents, healthy relationships and parenting classes using the Love and Logic Curriculum, FOCIS (Focusing on Children in Divorce), and sexual abuse/assualt prevention education.
For more information:
Rochelle Parker, Executive Director
816-252-8388

Child Abuse Prevention Association, Independence
Safety Net Prevention Services
CAPA’s Safety Net Prevention Services include Healthy Family Connections (HFC), an in-home case management program for high-risk families with young children.  HFC is based on the Healthy Families America home visiting model.  This voluntary program works to promote positive parenting practices, improve overall family health, increase school readiness of children and self-sufficiency of parents, and ultimately reduce incidents of child maltreatment.
For more information:
Kristina Brown, Family Support Services Director
816-252-8388

Child Protection Center, Inc., Kansas City
Stewards of Children Training Program
Prevention Focus: Primary – Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Training
Stewards of Children is an evidenced based child abuse public awareness/prevention program created and sponsored by Darkness to Light, a national organization dedicated to ending child sexual abuse. The program takes a direct and comprehensive approach to the issue of sexual abuse to parent, child and youth serving professionals and community members. The curriculum includes lessons on prevention as well as how to recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Working in partnership with other organizations, the Child Protection Center will provide training to approximately 300 individuals in Cass and Jackson counties.
For more information:
Lisa Mizell, CEO
816-778-8000

Community LINC, Kansas City
Learning to be a Kid
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Education & support for homeless families
Through this Jackson County program, homeless families who have been exposed to severe poverty will have access to community support to prevent child abuse and neglect and help the family to become self-sufficient.  Each child receives mental wellness assessments to identify risk factors.  Based on assessment, individualized well-being plans are developed using interventions such as counseling, group sessions and working with parents to develop parenting and social skills.
For more information:
Heather McKinney
816-531-3727

Cornerstones of Care, Kansas City
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from sale of the CTF specialty prevent child abuse license plate in Clay, Jackson and Ray Counties to support the BraveHearts Program.  BraveHearts is a fathering initiative designed to provide an array of services to at-risk fathers. Through a workshop series, fathers learn the important role they play, how to be an active father, and positively contribute to their children’s lives and well being. Case management services are provided to participants who desire to improve their economic circumstances. Upon workshop completion, graduates receive father-to-father mentoring provided by a positive male role model who encourages them to reconnect and stay connected to their children. Monthly activities are planned for dads, their children, and mentor with peer support from other program participants.  BraveHearts goals include reducing risks of child abuse and neglect, increasing father-child involvement and improving a father’s financial capacity, all in the pursuit of raising happy, healthy children into adulthood.
For more information:
Amy Sielaff, Program Manager-Child & Family Development Department
816-508-1620

Cornerstones of Care, Kansas City
Tender Beginnings Home Visitation
Based on the Healthy Families America home visitation model, the Tender Beginnings program focuses on the health and well-being of children at-risk for abuse and/or neglect by providing intensive home visitation services.  The program is designed to help parents of newborns get their children off to a healthy start by promoting positive parent-child interaction, healthy child growth and development, and enhanced family functioning.  Family support plans formulated using a strengths-based approach, are used as the basis for goal-setting and service delivery.  Appropriate community referrals, tracking of immunizations, lead screenings and well-baby medical visits, and developmental screenings are also services provided through Tender Beginnings.
For more information:
Amy Sielaff, Program Director
816-508-1600

Family Conservancy (The), Kansas City
Early Education Strategies to Strengthen Families
The Early Education Strategies to Strengthen Families project is based on Strengthening Families and the Zero to Three© Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN) curriculum that focus on equipping child care providers with the tools they need to recognize, model and encourage protective factors that prevent child abuse among the families they serve.  The project will provide PCAN curriculum training, on-site technical assistance, facilitate peer learning and assistance with organizing on-site parent events to child care providers.
For more information:
Megan Campbell
913-342-3632

Golden Valley Day Care Center, Inc., Clinton
Built-2-Love
Built-2-Love is a multifaceted, research-based approach focusing on families as a whole to prevent child abuse and neglect.  Integrating the five protective factors of Strengthening Families, program strategies include parent engagement activities, community education programs, implementing the Block Academy Builders Curriculum with daycare children and educating staff to recognize early signs of abuse and neglect.
For more information:
Karlee Bohannan, Director
660-885-8016

Golden Valley Door of Hope, Clinton
SOAR (Stability to Overcome Obstacles & Achieve Results)
SOAR is a Strengthening Families project working to build and strengthen the protective factors of teen and young adult parents through parenting classes, father-specific support, mentoring and family support.  Class topics include prenatal care, child care and safety, coping skills, relationship and life skills.  To address the risk factor of poverty, financial management classes are offered and child care provided while participants attend high school, GED or college/vocational classes.
For more information:
Bill Moose, Executive Director
660-890-7011

Independence School District, Independence
ISD Teen Parenting Support
The Independence School District (ISD) uses home visitation, case management and parent education to support and assist teen parent’s to successfully navigate challenges and effectively focus on their child’s well-being.  Incorporating the Love & Logic Parent Model, teen parents are encouraged to participate in activities that build confidence, reduce social isolation and build strong, positive relationships between home and school.  ISD staff participate in at least four training sessions addressing the basics of the Love & Logic Parent Model,  adolescent brain development and other topics to help them as professional staff become more effective in serving this high-risk group of parents.
For more information:
Nicole Sequeria, Family Services Coordinator
816-521-5300

Mattie Rhodes Center, Kansas City
Latino Family Prevention Education
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Parent Support & Education
The Mattie Rhodes Center provides two sets of psycho-educational parenting groups to the Spanish-speaking community. These groups help prevent child abuse and neglect by providing education that promotes family strengths and resiliency. The Como Ser Mejores Padres (How to Become Better Parents) group is open to the general public including mothers, fathers, grandparents and other caregivers. The group focuses on positive parenting skills, reducing isolation, and promoting healthy relationships. The Habilidades Positivas Para Educar a Los Hijos (Positive Parenting Skills) groups are critical because they reach Latina women and their children who are directly impacted by domestic violence. This group works to assist families to use their own strengths, capabilities and culture in becoming stronger, healthier families by focusing on positive parenting techniques and strategies for raising children who have been exposed to trauma.
For more information:
Amy Couture, Director of Grants
816-581-5621

Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, Kansas City
Project Aware
Project Aware is a school and community based sexual abuse prevention education program for children, parents, school staff and interested community members.  Project aware teaches students critical information about body safety, safe and unsafe touches, how to identify a trusted adult to tell and that they have a right to tell.  The program also trains parents and teachers on how to create a safe environment for children.  This project is utilized for youth with developmental disabilities.
For more information:
Julia Westhoff, Director of Community Education
816-931-4527

Niles Home For Children, Kansas City
Grandparent Support Group and Mentoring Program
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Grandparent Support & Education
The Grandparent Support Group and Mentoring program provides the tools and support needed to assist grandparents as caregivers.  Due to issues such as substance abuse, unemployment, mental illness and incarceration, more and more grandparents are assuming care for their grandchildren. This voluntary program provides group support meetings as a way of reducing isolation, providing information on community resources, parenting strategies and legal rights. The program also makes available trained grandparent mentors as yet another support to grandparents caring for their grandchildren.
For more information:
Melissa Taylor
816-241-3448

Niles Home For Children, Kansas City
Parent Empowerment Program (PEP)
Prevention Focus:  Secondary – Parent Support and Education
The Parent Empowerment Program (PEP) is a comprehensive child abuse prevention parent education and support program covering topics such as how to discipline without anger, enhancing communication and listening skills, and teaching parents how to set rules and consequences for their children. PEP uses the evidenced-based Nurturing Parents curriculum and works to promote the Strengthening Families Protective Factors in a trauma informed and culturally appropriate manner. The parent education curriculum is delivered over eight weeks.
For more information:
Melissa Taylor
816-241-3448

Operation Breakthrough, Inc., Kansas City
Caregiver Connections
The Caregiver Connection program focuses on parenting education and parent-child attachment using The Incredible Years Parenting Series and Theraplay.  Incredible Years is an evidence-based curriculum incorporating parent, teacher and child social skills training.  Theraplay is an established method for improving the parent-child relationship using the four dimensions of healthy interaction-Structure, Engagement, Nurture, and Challenge as its framework.  This program targets high risk families, especially those with multiple risk factors.
For more information:
Sister Berta Sailor, Co-Director
816-756-3511

RDI – Jackson County Safe Family Coalition, Kansas City
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
The Resource Development Institute (RDI) provides fiscal management and oversight on behalf of the Jackson County Safe Family Coalition for this license plate program.  The Coalition uses funds from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to award ”mini” grants to community based organizations, schools, churches and individuals who provide awareness of child abuse and family violence through education, events and activities.  A portion of the license plate revenue earned supports the Kansas City Child Abuse and Neglect Roundatable Coalition and their awareness activities throughout the year in the KC metro area.
For more information:
Donna Bushur, Associate Director
816-221-5000

Rose Brooks Center, Inc., Kansas City
Family Enrichment Program
The Family Enrichment program works to strengthen child and family protective factors while helping mothers acquire the knowledge and skills they need to raise healthy children and prevent child abuse in families who have experienced domestic violence.  The Active Parenting curriculum teaches parents effective and respectful ways of raising confident children.   The program is available in English and Spanish, and supported by family enrichment activities and case management support
For more information:
Tracy L. Kelso, Development Director
816-523-5550

Synergy Services, Inc., Parkville
Teen Parent Support
Synergy’s teen parent services are designed to help pregnant and parenting teens acquire the personal, family and life skills necessary to creating safe and healthy lives for their children.  Strength-based services focus on reducing/mitigating risk factors such as domestic violence, young maternal age, and low educational level of teen parents.  Teen Parent Support provides parent support volunteers who work one-on-one with teen mothers.  In addition, monthly educational meetings provide information on topics such as child abuse and neglect prevention, health and nutrition, parenting skills and child care, life skills, and promoting lifelong learning.
For more information:
Jennifer Vernon, Clinical Manager
816-505-7176

Synergy Services, Inc., Parkville
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from the sale of the CTF specialty prevent child abuse license plate to assist Synergy’s Teen Parent Support program which benefits high-risk pregnant and parenting teens, as well as young women up to the age of 21 who have experienced family violence and/or abuse. Teen parents residing in Clay, Platte and Ray Counties may enroll in this program. Counseling, parent education, advocacy, and emotional support are all provided so as to reduce parent stress, increase parenting knowledge and ultimately reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.
For more information:
Robin Winner, Executive Director
816-587-4100

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