February 20, 2017

Region 3 – West

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




Bright Futures Fund, Kansas City
Creating Brighter Futures with Love & Logic
Prevention Focus: Primary – Parent Education
Discretionary Grant
Using the Love and Logic® Parenting curriculum, three programs will be presented through the 2016-2017 school year. Serving six schools in three counties (Jackson, Henry, & Vernon), all parents will be invited to participate in the program and child care will be provided. The program’s goal is to help parents build caring and respectful relationships with their children by creating loving and trusting connections. Additional educational information on preventing child abuse and neglect will be provided to program participants and made available in both English and Spanish.
For more information:
Gail Vertz

Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Kansas City
Family Strengthening and Crisis Intervention
Prevention Focus:  Secondary – Parent Education & Support
The Family Strengthening and Crisis Intervention program works with low-income families to improve parenting skills, knowledge and confidence; strengthen household resilience and resources; and decrease immediate and long-term barriers to stability and well-being. Services include group and one-on-one parent education, development assessments for children with education/referral supports, strengths-based case management, concrete supports including help with transportation, medical co-pays, food, and resource and referral information. Service area includes families in Jackson, Clay, Platte, and Clay counties.
For more information:
Ashley Dooley-Wohlgemuth

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

Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City
ACT Raising Safe Kids Program
Prevention Focus:  Secondary – Parent Education & Support
The Adults and Children Together (ACT) Raising Safe Kids Program was developed by the American Psychological Association’s Violence Prevention Office in collaboration with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The ACT Program teaches positive parenting skills to parents and caregivers of children ages birth – 8. The ACT Program curriculum is provided in eight, 2-hour sessions in which parents learn about child development and behaviors, how early exposure to violence affects young children and how to foster positive-parenting skills. Children’s Mercy Hospital is partnering with Genesis Promise Academy, Amethyst Place and Gordon Parks Elementary School, all which serve low income families in Kansas City’s urban core.
For more information:
Sheila Montgomery, Director of Corporate & Foundation Giving

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

Cornerstones of Care, Kansas City
BraveHearts for Dad
Prevention Focus:  Secondary – Father Support & Education
The BraveHearts for Dad program assists fathers in understanding the pivotal role and responsibility they play in their own child’s well-being including impacting overall developmental, physical and psychological outcomes of their child.  BraveHearts For Dad implements the 24/7 Dads® curriculum from the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI).  24/7 Dads is an evidenced-informed program and offers twelve topics/modules of fathering curriculum. Among the topics are self-awareness, caring for self, fathering skills, parenting skills and relationship skills.  Service area includes Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties.
For more information:
Amy Sielaff

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

Front Porch Alliance, Kansas City
Neighborhood Moms
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Parent Support & Education
Neighborhood Moms provides weekly home visits to families living in urban Kansas City. Home Visits are designed to develop an intentional partnership with parents by building trust in a culturally sensitive manner. Using the Parents as Teachers Foundational Curriculum, visits encourage parent-child interaction, improve understanding of appropriate expectations based on child development and promote protective factors known to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect.
For more information:
Aimee Alderman, Program Manager

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

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

Kids and Cars, Inc., Olathe/Kansas City
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Kids and Cars, Inc. utilizes funds from the sale of the CTF specialty prevent child abuse license plate to support their Look Before You Lock Campaign. Based in Kansas City, Kids and Cars, Inc. is the only national non-profit child safety organization devoted solely to preventing child injuries and deaths due to vehicle related incidents. Funds from the CTF license plate are used for printing and distribution of Look Before You Lock materials including safety cards, posters and electronic resources used by hospitals, parent educators and parents in Missouri.
For more information:
Amber Rollins, Director, Volunteer Manager

LIGHT House, Inc. (The), Kansas City
Outreach Program
Prevention Focus:  Secondary – Parent Education & Support
The Outreach Program serves young women in Jackson County who have unplanned pregnancies with the goal to help each client create healthier lives for herself and her child.  This project will implement the evidenced-based Nurturing Parenting Curriculum to help at-risk families improve parenting skills, strengthen parent-child bonding and reduce the risk of abuse and neglect.  In addition, life skills training and resource education will be provided to participants.
For more information:
Trisha Crow

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

Rose Brooks Center, Inc., Kansas City
Family Enrichment Program
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Parent Education
Rose Brooks Center, Inc., a domestic violence shelter and service provider, incorporates the Making Parenting a Pleasure Curriculum into the continuum of services offered to the families they serve. Making Parenting a Pleasure is an evidence-based curriculum and program used by families in high-stress situations, addressing key topics such as self-care, stress/anger management, understanding child development, communication skills and positive discipline. The program is a strengths-based approach integrating parenting protective factors through lessons offered twice weekly.
For more information:
Jenna Wilcox

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

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