May 25, 2015

Region 4 – Central

Region 4 is comprised of the central Missouri counties of Audrain, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Cooper, Gasconade, Howard, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Montgomery, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Phelps, Pulaski and Saline.

ACT Missouri, Jefferson City
Missouri Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Training
Primary & Secondary – Education/Awareness and Training
The Missouri Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (MODEC) provides training and technical assistance to local communities as each establishes a multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, identification, and services to children who are exposed to environments in which manufacturing and/or sales of drugs occur. Members of the multidisciplinary team, including professionals from child welfare, law enforcement, education, health and mental health are provided with education on the effects of exposure to drug environments on children and the relationship to increased risks of abuse and neglect.  MODEC’s goal is to raise awareness of  these issues statewide and support communities as they develop and implement systems of care for drug endangered children.
For more information:
Vicky Scott, MODEC President

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Missouri, Columbia
Strengthening Rural Children & Families with Mentoring
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Mentoring
The Strengthening Families Through Asset Building project (Audrain County) trains parents of at-risk children to be the primary caring role model in their child’s life while matching the children with a community-based Big Brother/Sister who will be a child’s secondary support. The program incorporates comprehensive modules of asset building parent training to its in-home visits and consultations with families and training for staff and volunteers.
For more information:
Georgalu Swoboda

Central Missouri Community Action, Columbia
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from the Children’s Trust Fund prevent child abuse license plate to enhance The Incredible Years Program. The Incredible Years is an evidenced-based parenting program that addresses the needs of at-risk children, providing parents with new strategies to redirect and cope with disruptive behaviors. The curriculum, delivered over ten weeks, includes DVD’s, discussion, and application of positive behavior support and other behavior management strategies.
For more information:
Angela Hirsch, Development & Communications Director

Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association (The), Jefferson City
Tuesday Night Training
Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (CMFCAA) provides monthly parenting training for foster, kinship, guardianship and foster parents. Topics addressed include child abuse and neglect prevention, attachment and bonding, wellness/coping, handling stress, and nutrition. By partnering with other community organizations, CMFCAA is able to provide cost effective training. In addition, CMFCCA provides child care and meals for the training including enrichment activities for the children.
County Service area: Cole, Callaway, Boone, Moniteau, Morgan, Miller, Laclede, Camden, Osage, Maries, Pulaski, Audrain and Phelps
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Parent Education
For more information:
DeAnna Alonso, Executive Director

Child Abuse & Neglect Emergency Shelter, Inc., Columbia
(dba-Rainbow House)

Child Abuse Prevention Education
The Child Abuse Prevention Education program offers parent education classes that promote increased knowledge and awareness of parenting skills, self-care, practical stress management, communication skills, and positive approaches to discipline.  In addition, the Safety First series promotes increased knowledge of age appropriate sexual behaviors.  Community workshops, open to the general public, covering ADHD, discipline, childhood trauma, internet safety, healthy body image are offered throughout the year and work to increase knowledge and awareness of youth, family, parenting and  community issues.
For more information:
Jan Stock, Executive Director

Columbia-Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, Columbia
Healthy Babies Program
Through the Healthy Babies Program, social service staff conduct home visits at least once per month providing support services and educational materials using the Partners for a Healthy Baby Curriculum.   As part of the support, parents are provided with health and safety items such as sleep sacks, outlet covers, bathtub thermometers and diapers which are also used to facilitate learning opportunities between the parent and home visitor.
For more information:
Rebecca Roesslet, Social Services Supervisor

Community Partnership (The), Rolla
Capable Kids and Families
The Community Partnership has expanded its Capable Kids and Families (CKF) Program by adding a Family Parent Education Specialist focusing on reducing the potential of child abuse and neglect among families who have children with disabilities within a five county area (Crawford, Dent, Maries, Phelps, and Pulaski). Project goals are to decrease family isolation and increase positive family interaction.  Strategies include increased family networking opportunities through group meetings and a Facebook community, increased educational opportunities including financial planning, feeding issues, music therapy, and toilet training.  Educational opportunities focus on issues that are often triggers for abusive behavior.  Opportunities are provided for positive parent/child interaction and occur in conjunction with the development and periodic review of a goals-oriented family strengths plan by each participant family.
For more information:
Amy Beechner McCarthy, Executive Director

First Chance For Children, Columbia
CRIBS Expansion Project II
CRIBS Expansion Project II is a safe cribs project that delivers prevention services, including home safety assessments and safe infant cribs, to eligible families through home visitation in Cooper, Callaway, and Moniteau Counties.  Replicated from the successful Cribs Project in Boone County, First Chance for Children with the assistance of Parents As Teachers documents the process, progress and results of home visitation services provided.
For more information:
Tammy Byington, Parent Education Coordinator

Fun City Youth Academy, Columbia
Connecting Families with Tools for Living
Using the Strengthening Families framework and the Building Strong Families curriculum, this project supports and strengthens parents and their families by developing and enhancing support systems, increasing knowledge of child development and general parent education, linking families to services and opportunities, responding when needed to family crisis, and linking families to services and opportunities.
For more information:
Carolyn Micklem, Director

Jefferson City Day Care Center, Inc., Jefferson City

CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Funds from the sale of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate in Cole County will be used to support the cost of safe cribs and car seats.  Funds will also support the ‘Parent’s Day Out’ respite program.
For more information:
Donna Scheidt, Director

Jefferson City Day Care Center, Inc., Jefferson City
Parent Education Program
Parent education opportunities are presented monthly and include topics such as nutrition, infant/child CPR, dental health, budgeting, positive discipline, single parent concerns, ideas and activities for playing with children.  Presenters include a Parents As Teachers educator, a dietician, and an accountant.  Parents are encouraged to get to know both the child center staff and other parents.  This program promotes the Strengthening Families approach to protective factors.
For more information:
Donna Scheidt, Director

Jefferson City Public Schools/Southwest Early Childhood Center, Jefferson City
SPARK (Students, Parents and Resilient Kids)
SPARK targets Jefferson City Public School’s Southwest Early Childhood Center’s Title I and Early Childhood Special Education programs. Parenting classes include information on topics such as healthy relationships, character building, discipline, health (general, dental and mental), and helping their children with education. The purpose of the parent classes is to build protective factors within each child’s family and target the Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework.
County Service area: Cole and Callaway
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Parent Education
For more information:
Lisa Dierking

Lake Area Child Safety Program, Lake of the Ozarks
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
A collaboration of three counties (Camden, Miller, and Morgan) located in the Lake of the Ozarks Region, the Lake Area Child Safety Program utilizes funds from the CTF prevent child abuse license plate to address child safety education and provide supplies such as safe cribs, infant car seats, and cabinet locks to families in need. The Miller County Health Center (MCHC) provides fiscal management and oversight for this collaborative project.
For more information:
Bruce Jenkins, Administrator (MCHC)

Lutheran Family & Children’s Services, Columbia
Resource Parents
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Teen Parent Support & Education
The Resource Parents program assists pregnant and parenting teens with prenatal care, completion of their high school education, employment, housing, parenting skills and mental health services. The pregnant teens and young parents that LFCS serves typically range in age from 14-22 years of age. The evidenced-based Nurturing Parents curriculum is used as part of the parenting skills training and mental health services work to promote parental resilience.
For more information:
Christine Cannon

Miller County Health Center, Tuscumbia
Miller County’s Safe Crib Program
Prevention Focus: Secondary – Safe Cribs/Parent Education
This project works to increase the knowledge base and awareness of parents, grandparents, caretakers, friends and family about infant safety and child abuse and neglect. Clients are provided resources to improve the home environment of children and families at risk. Education around safe sleep, shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma, childhood immunizations, smoke-free environments and household safety education are provided as well as referral information to access other community resources.
For more information:
Bruce Jenkins, Administrator

Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates Association, Columbia
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from the sale of the CTF specialty prevent child abuse license plate to support and promote programming and training by the Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates (MO CASA) Association throughout the state. MO CASA Association serves abused and neglected children who come under the jurisdiction of the court system by providing support and advocacy to the child through a court-appointed volunteer.  Counties where Missouri CASA Association will market the CTF license plate include Adair, Bollinger, Boone, Cape Girardeau, Clay, Franklin, Greene, Harrison, Howard, Howell, Jackson, Lafayette, Mercer, Oregon, Perry, Putnam, Randolph, Saline, Shannon, St. Louis and St. Louis city.
For more information:
Beth Dessem, Executive Director

Missouri KidsFirst, Jefferson City
Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
Prevention Focus:  Primary – Statewide Education, Awareness & Training
This statewide project implements recommendations made by the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children by developing and piloting a resource or curriculum on child sexual abuse prevention with at least two home visitation programs; providing evidenced based Stewards of Children training and mandated reporter training to 350 youth-serving professionals; facilitating the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children; and working with the Missouri Prevention Partners Coalition on strategies to implement/promote the Task Force recommendations.
For more information:
Cherisse Thibaut, Manager of Prevention and Community Outreach

Phelps County Child Advocacy Network, Rolla
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funds from sale of the CTF specialty prevent child abuse license plate to support three prevention projects: Healthy Families; Mentoring Makes a Difference; and the Phelps County Child Advocacy Network’s (PCCAN) small grant program. The Healthy Families program provides home visitation services to young and at-risk moms through the Phelps County Health Department. A nurse and/or social worker will work with at-risk families both prenatally and up to the child’s third birthday. The Mentoring Makes a Difference program, implemented by Prevention Consultants of Missouri, provides one-on-one mentoring for up to 50 at-risk children. PCCAN’s small grant program will provide community grants for other local child abuse prevention projects.
For more information:
Jamie Myers, Committee Chair

Phelps/Maries County Health Department, Rolla
Intervening Early with Parents and Children
The Intervening Early with Parents and Children program provides screening, referral, teaching and interventions for pregnant and newly parenting women.  Referral partners include Healthy Families, Nurses for Newborns, Parents As Teachers, First Steps, mentoring, Pregnancy Resource Center and Head Start.  Safe Sleep information is provided to all participants and, through a partnership with Prevention Consultants of Missouri, classes on safety and parenting are also offered.  An Early Pregnancy Class that provides information on pregnancy nutrition, substance abuse and use, preterm labor prevention and fetal development is recommended to women who are less than twenty weeks into their pregnancies.
For more information:
Lisa Kean

Special Learning Center (The), Jefferson City
CTF License Plate Marketing Partner
Utilizes funding from the sale of the CTF prevent child abuse license plate in Cole County to support monthly parent activities and short term evening and weekend respite care for parents who have children with special needs.
For more information:
Deborah Hamler, Executive Director

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